Timeshifting – storing solar energy – is the next big thing giving households and business control over the free energy from the sun. Redflow, Australian developers, and makers of the ZCell battery have completed compatibility testing with Melbourne-based inverter manufacturer Selectronic Australia. ZCell is a 10-kilowatt hour (kWh) zinc-bromine flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems. Redflow undertook extensive testing of the Selectronic SP PRO battery inverter at its Adelaide battery integration and testing lab to ensure it works with ZCell, a process simplified by the purpose-built ZCell battery management system (BMS). Selectronic is a 52-year-old Australian company that designs and manufactures battery inverters sold in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.
The SP PRO is a smart multi-mode inverter that suits both off-grid and solar hybrid (grid-connect) installations for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Selectronic CEO Rod Scott welcomed the news of the SP PRO compatibility with ZCell. “ZCell is a unique battery from a capacity point of view, recycling and longevity,” he said. ‘We see a good fit between our reliable, long-lasting battery inverters and ZCell.”
Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said Selectronic was a very popular battery inverter among its installers. “The SP PRO is a wonderfully flexible inverter that can be configured to fit any energy storage requirement, whether on or off-grid, across residential or commercial applications,” he said. “Selectronic is a much-loved product in the Australian energy storage industry, and we are delighted to certify that the SP PRO works with ZCell.” Both Selectronic and Redflow will display their latest products at this week’s All-Energy 2016 Exhibition in the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, October 4, and Wednesday, October 5.