Whitepaper: Redflow ZBM and telecommunications integration

This article reports about the successful demonstration of the RedFlow Zinc Bromine Module (ZBM) integrated into a standard telecommunication (Telco) DC system at -48V. The ZBMs, installed directly on the DC bus, can replace standard lead acid batteries and support the load when the power from the grid or from a diesel generator (DG) is not available. In this specific study, the ZBMs are used to integrate renewable sources (PV) with an existing DG allowing the coexistence of multiple sources, absorbing the load and PV fluctuations and most importantly reducing the DG run time.

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Whitepaper: Field Application Experience of Zinc Bromide Flow Batteries in a Smart Grid

Increasing electricity usage, international environmental concerns and their associated technical challenges have necessitated significant changes to the existing electricity infrastructure in many countries. Further advances in technology, especially in the communications sector, have also enabled additional monitoring of the electricity network. Two-way communications coupled with two-way power flows from new types of embedded generation have contributed to a revolution away from the traditional power grid. This is known as a Smart Grid, which “integrates and enhances other necessary elements including traditional upgrades and new grid technologies with renewable generation, storage, increased consumer participation, sensors, communications and computational ability” [1]. Energy storage plays an important role in Smart Grids to achieve improved efficiency, reliability, sustainability and economic viability [2].

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Report: The University of Queensland (Australia)

The University of Queensland (UQ) has installed the largest rooftop mounted solar PV array in Australia (1.2 MW), located on three of its buildings at its flagship St Lucia campus in Brisbane, Australia.

In mid-2012, RedFlow has installed its M90 energy storage system (90kW / 240kWh) alongside one section of the UQ solar field, marking our entry into the megawatt-scale class of energy storage systems.  It was designed to store solar power generated from a 390 kW section of UQ’s PV array in the daytime, and feed it back into the local network at times when it is needed most.

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Report: Garth Corey

Garth Corey is an independent energy storage engineer, who was formerly a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He has extensive experience working with many energy storage technologies, including flow batteries. Garth is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society and active with the Power and Energy Society Stationary Battery Committee.  Garth is an internationally recognised expert in utility scale energy storage applications and systems and is constantly sought out to provide expert advice on emerging energy storage systems and device development and deployment.

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Report: Sandia National Laboratories (USA)

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation’s most challenging security issues.

Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Sandia Corporation operates Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and supports numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and organizations. Continue reading “Report: Sandia National Laboratories (USA)”

Whitepaper: Redflow ZBM and telecommunications integration

This article reports about the successful demonstration of the RedFlow Zinc Bromine Module (ZBM) integrated into a standard telecommunication (Telco) DC system at -48V. The ZBMs, installed
directly on the DC bus, can replace standard lead acid batteries and support the load when the power from the grid or from a diesel generator (DG) is not available. In this specific study, the ZBMs are used to integrate renewable sources (PV) with an existing DG allowing the coexistence of multiple sources, absorbing the load and PV fluctuations and most importantly reducing the DG run time. The DG is simulated using the grid supply. This also demonstrates the excellent response of the ZBM in brown sites (where there is no reliable grid support).

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