Redflow receives order for ZBM2 batteries to power rural microgrid in North West Tasmania

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has secured an order to immediately supply 27 of its ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries for a Tasmanian farm owned by Simon Hackett.

Mr Hackett – Redflow’s largest single shareholder – has designed an energy system to deliver energy independence for the 73-hectare property, The Vale (http://www.thevale.com.au), located in North West Tasmania.

The Vale runs sheep and beef cattle, with ‘The Vale Lamb’ featuring on the menus of multiple hotels along the north-west Tasmanian coast. The farm, which is diversifying into additional forms of agriculture, is also exploring an expansion into eco-tourism operations. The energy harvesting, storage and distribution system at The Vale will use an initial deployment of 27 ZBM2 batteries, storing as much as 270 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy, interfaced to a large fault-tolerant cluster of 12 x Victron Quattro 48/15000 inverter/chargers. The system will harvest renewable energy from a 100-kilowatt peak (kWp) ground-mounted array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, with scope for future expansion.

Mr Hackett said his goal for the system was to create energy independence for the farm, delivering energy to power both building loads and electric vehicles. “The project, with an overall budget of around $1m, will include the building of a new site-wide microgrid. This will use new underground power interconnects to link seven distinct buildings across the whole property,” he said. Continue reading “Redflow receives order for ZBM2 batteries to power rural microgrid in North West Tasmania”

TIEC Electrical

Western Australia (South-West)

 

 

TIEC Electrical’s reputation for providing quality service, coupled with exceptional technical knowledge and experience – has cemented TIEC as a contractor of choice. Established in 1988, TIEC Electrical is proudly Western Australian owned and operated. Our team of qualified electricians and technicians operate all over the Perth metro area and throughout Western Australia. As a leading electrical contractor, TIEC provide complete electrical installation, maintenance and service solutions for commercial, industrial and large residential projects as well as specialist electrical services for aerodromes and renewable energy applications.

TIEC provides design and installation services for all types of lighting systems, conventional electrical requirements as well as communication and data cabling, including customised “smart home” technology solutions. Our highly experienced people also provide expertise consultation and project management services for your project.

  • Certified Installer of Clipsal StarServe Network Solutions and C-Bus Integrated Systems by Schneider Electrical
  • Airfield Lighting Accredited electrician
  • Approved Redflow ZCell Installer – zinc bromine battery energy storage systems
  • Recommends and uses Pierlite and Sylvania professional lighting solutions.

Contact Us

25 Ross Drive
Perth Airport 6105
Western Australia
Phone: 0419 948 098
Email: admin@tiec.com.au 

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seven 20 electrical

Victoria

 

Since 2012, 720 Electrical has provided high-quality electrical and data services to the commercial and industrial markets across Victoria and the wider regions of Australia. Being conveniently located just east of Melbourne’s CBD but working nation-wide, 720 Electrical’s mission is to be the most reliable electrical contractor in the business. With customer satisfaction, loyalty and commitment to each and every project being of utmost importance, we continually aim to offer the highest quality of work.  Our team of highly skilled and trained staff strive to exceed customer satisfaction and build relationships. With over a combined 50 years of experience in the industry, 720 Electrical is renowned for its knowledge and reliability. Every project we take on receives a tailored approach, ensuring our customers are impressed with our service, knowledge and workmanship. We’re dedicated to providing quality electrical and renewable energy solutions, products and services in order to become the provider of choice in Melbourne & across the country.

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Redflow batteries and Victron inverters

Redflow’s ZBM2 and ZCell zinc-bromine flow batteries have worked with Victron Energy’s MultiGrid 48/3000 battery inverter since it was approved to connect to the Australian electricity grid in 2017.

Redflow batteries also work with Victron’s popular MultiPlus inverter range, including the MultiPlus-II, which was launched earlier this year. The MultiGrid 48/3000 is a version of the MultiPlus 48/3000 inverter enhanced to meet the AS/NZS4777.2:2015 standard for grid connection of energy systems via battery inverters.

The Victron MultiGrid 48/3000 inverter is listed on the Clean Energy Council website at http://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/products/inverters/approved-inverters.html#searchResults.

ASX-listed Redflow (ASX: RFX) produces Australia’s unique ZBM2 and ZCell zinc-bromine flow batteries, which offer significant advantages over legacy lead-acid and lithium-based batteries including 100 per cent daily depth of discharge, sustained energy storage capacity and tolerance of warm ambient temperatures as hot as 50 degrees Celsius.

Redflow System Integration Architect Simon Hackett said the Victron MultiGrid 48/3000 inverter for grid-connected battery systems was good news for consumers. “Victron inverters are easy to configure, they work beautifully with our ZBM2 and ZCell batteries and they are competitively priced,” he said.

“Victron inverters have proved popular with Redflow customers who install off-grid energy storage systems, so AS4777.2 approval makes these inverters available to a much larger market. Victron inverters integrate easily with single-battery ZCell systems and are fully compatible with all major brands of AC solar inverters. This certification builds on the strength of the Victron product line in off-grid scenarios where it has a long pedigree in Australia.”

Victron inverters are successfully integrated with many Redflow battery-based energy storage systems including:

A six-ZCell deployment in central Queensland

A major printed circuit board factory in Johannesburg, South Africa 

A two-level commercial building in the Adelaide CBD.

Founded in The Netherlands in 1975, Victron Energy first built a strong international reputation for its automotive and marine battery inverters. The privately owned company then entered the solar PV market, leveraging its experience to build robust and reliable off-grid battery inverters which are now certified for use with grid-connected hybrid energy storage systems.

To learn more about Victron inverters in Australia, visit https://www.victronenergy.com.au/

 

Carbon Friendly Enterprises

Queensland

Queensland-based Carbon Friendly Enterprises (CFE) has delivered energy efficiency and renewable energy projects since 2007. Today, CFE provides complete energy solutions including smarter billing, energy efficient process equipment, peak load demand shaving and mitigation, battery storage systems, power quality conditioning and renewable energy supply including solar photovoltaic, wind, pumped hydro and waste-to-energy solutions as well as turnkey solutions and full project life-cycle services.  

Mackay Office
Phone: (07) 4955 6441
Fax: (07) 4955 4413
Email: admin@carbonfriendlyenterprises.com.au
Postal address: PO Box 8704, Mackay, QLD 4740

Brisbane Office
Mobile: 0403 227 543
Email: zs@carbonfriendlyenterprises.com.au

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Tropicool

North-west Western Australia

Tropicool is an Australian company based in Broome, WA, which specialises in deploying and supporting air conditioning, refrigeration and energy storage systems in north-west WA.  For more details, contact Tropicool as below:
Phone: +61 8 9192 1710 or fax: +61 8 9193 5975
Email: tropicool@iinet.net.au
Address: 33 Hunter Street, Broome WA 6725
Postal: Po Box 1395, Broome WA 6725

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Apex Energy Australia

South Australia

 

Apex Energy Australia is Australian owned and operated from its head office located in South Australia. The design and construction company delivers solar and battery storage projects around Australia with a reputation for delivering client-focused solutions. Paul Stallan, a long time market leader in the commercial electrical and communications space, is the Managing Director of Apex Energy Australia, along with many talented Project Managers supporting all areas of its business.  Apex Energy Australia and Apex Communication Technologies are owned and operated by the same owner, located in the head office at Melrose Park, South Australia. Apex Energy Australia was established in 2009 and has quietly grown into a national supplier of large-scale commercial solar and storage solutions in capital cities, light industrial areas and regional locations. Apex Communication Technologies, the initial Stallan-owned enterprise, was established in 2004. Today the companies directly employ more than 65 people in the South Australian office and many more people on a project basis nationally.

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Soul Energy

 NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, FIJI, PACIFIC ISLANDS

Soul Energy integrates with any type of power generation, storing excess energy and making it available when you need it, minimising reliance on the grid. Our modular energy platform is a rechargeable battery system that stores energy from solar, wind or from the grid and makes it available on demand. Our flow cell technology is more efficient than traditional lithium-ion options and has a longer lifespan. Energy usage can easily be monitored and controlled in real-time. Freedom is having the power in your hands. 

  • Tailored integration: We’re able to integrate with any type of power generation. Solar, Wind, Diesel – it’s up to your specifications.
  • Scaleable to suit your project: From a remote luxury retreat to national infrastructure support. Our modular systems can be scaled to meet the needs of most projects.
  • Go off-grid: When reliance on the grid isn’t an option – we’re ready. Our modular systems can easily be disassembled for transport to remote locations.
  • Real-time monitoring and management: Our web-based management and monitoring platform can be customised to your specifications.

Learn how Soul Energy can help you unlock, store and use energy your way. Visit https://www.soulenergy.com/.

Contact Soul Energy
New Zealand: 0800 846 006
Email us at info@soulenergy.co.nz
Level 3, Takapuna Finance Center
159 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Auckland, New Zealand

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BMS – Battery Management System



Redflow's Battery Management System (BMS) creates 'smart batteries'

The key to Redflow’s “smart batteries” is the Redflow Battery Management System (BMS) which:

  • Simplifies Redflow battery deployment and configuration
  • Remotely monitors and manages Redflow batteries
  • Ensures Redflow batteries always contain the latest software updates.

Control via a web browser

The BMS is a small DIN Rail-mounted device that connects one or more Redflow batteries with the inverter-charger that your installer provides for your energy storage system. The BMS lets you set up, monitor, and control your Redflow battery using a web browser. It also provides battery status and operational information to your AC inverter-charger so that it can optimise its use of the electrical energy stored in your battery.

Embedded know-how

The Redflow BMS is a device that embeds more than a decade of know-how in the efficient and effective real-world operation of Redflow’s unique zinc-bromine flow battery. The BMS enables rapid on-site commissioning using just a smartphone or laptop. The BMS also provides secure remote access via any Internet path, using its built-in Ethernet or WiFi ports, to the Redflow battery management cloud service.

Cloud-enabled remote monitoring and management

The Redflow BMS leverages modern cloud infrastructure to enable easy and effective remote access to installations of Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries. The BMS supports remote system performance monitoring, alarm monitoring, diagnostics, performance optimisation and software updates. The BMS also gives integrators a “fleet-wide” view of their customer sites and enables Redflow to cooperatively optimise sites with integrators.

Real-time display and system control

The Redflow BMS ‘knows’ how to efficiently run ZBM2 and ZCell batteries including:

  • Seamlessly managing battery maintenance cycles
  • Optimising energy efficiency by sequencing batteries in charge and discharge to suit the application requirements
  • Real-time status display and system control
  • Continuous logging performance data to the secure Redflow cloud, and
  • Remote battery fault detection and management.

Industry standard

The Redflow BMS uses industry-standard protocols to interface ZCell or ZBM2 clusters to energy storage systems. The primary protocols supported for energy system interfaces are CANBus BMS protocols, MODBUS-TCP, and URL-based data retrieval using JSON or plain text.

Interfaces

  • Isolated Power Supply input (9-65V DC)
  • Ethernet and WiFi Internet access ports
  • Opto-Isolated CANBus port for energy system interfacing
  • RS485 MODBUS port for ZCell/ZBM2 connection
  • Dry-contact relay for external device control using built-in event-based rules engine
  • Also supports external device control via MODBUS-TCP write commands and using USB-attached relays, and
  • USB ports for future expansion.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of Redflow’s ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow battery.