Redflow wins second South African telco battery sale

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has won a follow-up sale of 32 zinc-bromine flow batteries to provide standby energy storage for mobile phone towers in South Africa.

This second sale follows an initial order last month for five batteries for use at mobile phone towers run by a leading South African telecommunication company. The towers are owned by a local company that is supported by the South African Government’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) affirmative action agenda.

Redflow CEO Tim Harris, who received the new order after a visit to South Africa last week, said it clearly demonstrated the technological and commercial viability of Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries for telecommunication deployments. “Our batteries thrive on heat and hard work, which is what these sites in South Africa require.  Following yesterday’s Optus announcement, today’s new sale further highlights the value proposition that Redflow’s ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries deliver to telecommunications companies, both in Australia and overseas,” he said.

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Redflow batteries to power Optus mobile tower in Daintree rainforest

Redflow today has announced an order to provide six ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries for energy storage at an Optus mobile phone tower in the environmentally sensitive Daintree rainforest.

The Redflow ZBM2 batteries will store and supply 60 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy for the Optus mobile phone tower at Alexandra Range, in the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree rainforest, a remote headland and ecotourism destination in Far North Queensland. Situated 1500km north of Brisbane, the Daintree National Park became a World Heritage Site in 1988.

Optus selected Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries for deployment at their Cape Tribulation site because of the batteries’ sustained energy storage capacity, tolerance of warm temperatures, remote management capability and environmentally-friendly design. Continue reading “Redflow batteries to power Optus mobile tower in Daintree rainforest”

Redflow batteries to store renewable energy for new children’s centres in Melbourne’s east

Redflow is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to supply 32 of its zinc-bromine flow batteries for two new state-of-the-art children’s centres in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The Knox Children and Family Centres at Wantirna South (due to open in January 2019) and Bayswater (due to open in March 2019) will each include 100 kilowatts of photovoltaic solar panels and 16 Redflow ZBM2 batteries, storing as much as 160 kilowatt-hours of energy.  Renewable energy with Redflow storage is expected to generate annual energy cost savings of $140,000 for each site.

The advantages of Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries include:

  • The ability to discharge 100 per cent of their stored energy daily without damaging the battery
  • Sustained energy storage capacity for 10 years
  • Tolerance of warm temperatures, and
  • Inherent safety with a non-flammable electrolyte.

Redflow partner Torus Group, which is installing both solar panels and batteries, will install the first ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries next week. Continue reading “Redflow batteries to store renewable energy for new children’s centres in Melbourne’s east”

Redflow’s zinc-bromine ZBM2 battery to power Optus mobile phone tower in Daintree Rainforest

In less than a week, zinc-bromine battery company Redflow (ASX: RFX) has secured its second sales order, with this latest order set to power an Optus mobile phone tower in far north Queensland’s Daintree rainforest, reports Small Caps.

Optus has ordered six of Redflow’s ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries, which will provide energy storage at Optus’ mobile tower in the Cape Tribulation section of the rainforest.  Redflow’s 10 kilowatt-hour ZBM2 battery is scalable and can deliver 100% discharge daily for 10 years.

According to Redflow, Optus selected the batteries due to their sustained energy storage capacity, tolerance of warm temperatures, remote management capabilities and environmentally friendly design. The battery can provide power in warm climates without the need for external cooling and can withstand temperatures up to 50° Celsius.

“Our batteries thrive on heat and hard work and are not prone to thermal runaway like other battery chemistries,” Redflow chief executive officer Tim Harris said. Read the full story by clicking here.

Redflow supplies batteries for South African mobile phone towers

Redflow Limited has received an order to supply five zinc-bromine flow batteries for a pilot project to provide standby energy storage for mobile phone towers in South Africa.

This order will see Redflow provide the project with batteries for five identified sites with the first batteries to be deployed in November. The project will see Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries provide energy storage for the mobile phone towers, operated by one of South Africa’s leading telcos. The towers will be owned by a local company, supported by the South African Government’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) affirmative action agenda.

The sale was made through Redflow’s long-term South African partner, Specialized Solar Systems (SSS), which has formed a joint venture company with specialist telco supplier Amber Energy. Called SSS Gauteng, the new company will deliver the energy storage and telecommunications skills to deploy the batteries on remote mobile phone towers.

Redflow has worked with SSS to enable its batteries to operate in Standby Power System (SPS) mode. In this newly created operating mode, Redflow batteries can be charged and then placed in a dormant state, with no self-discharge, until a power outage. When energy is required, the battery can boot up to full operational status in a similar timeframe to a standby generator – with no internal combustion engine and no fuel storage required on the site.

Redflow Managing Director and CEO Tim Harris said this sale created a significant opportunity for the company. “The Standby Power System, which Redflow has developed with our partners, will help open the door for access to other cellphone network operators in Africa and internationally,” he said. Continue reading “Redflow supplies batteries for South African mobile phone towers”

Redflow Board gains manufacturing expertise

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has today strengthened its Board by recruiting David Brant, an experienced businessman with strategic manufacturing expertise.

Melbourne-based Mr Brant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) with more than two decades of manufacturing and corporate experience in Australia and countries in Asia.

Mr Brant’s background includes more than 20 years of senior management roles with Norgren, a manufacturer of automation equipment for a wide variety of industries. He then worked for Redflow as Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development from 2010-12 and ran his own start-up energy storage business Energy365 from 2014-17. Continue reading “Redflow Board gains manufacturing expertise”

Redflow recruits energy storage veteran to grow sales

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has recruited experienced battery industry executive Ben Shepherd to accelerate sales of its unique zinc-bromine flow batteries.

Ben will join Redflow in the new position of Chief Commercial Officer from the CSIRO spinout battery company Ecoult where he was Head of Business Development and Product Management since 2016. His role will include establishing Redflow’s unique ZBM2 and ZCell batteries in target markets by building up and working alongside the company’s installer partner channel in Australia and internationally.

Ben, who holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Industrial Design and a Master’s Degree in International Relations, will relocate from Sydney to Brisbane to join Redflow’s executive team. Prior to Ecoult, he spent 10 years in business development at Keycorp, which included launching a Keycorp office in the US and opening new geographies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Ben said he was excited to join Redflow during this time of renewal for the company. “I am passionate about energy storage and want to be wherever I can have the strongest impact,” he said. Continue reading “Redflow recruits energy storage veteran to grow sales”

Redflow continues Board Renewal

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) is pleased to announce that it has today appointed technology expert and businessman John Lindsay to the board.

Mr Lindsay’s appointment is part of a strategy for Simon Hackett to transition to a newly-created role as System Integration Architect, to ensure Redflow continues to be at the forefront of integration technology. As part of this change in role, Mr Hackett will step down from the board at the AGM in November in order to focus on this part of the business.

At Mr Hackett’s request, he will be replaced on the board by Mr Lindsay, who has previously held senior technology leadership roles as CTO at ASX-listed company iiNet Limited, CTO at Internode and General Manager of Chariot Internet. Mr Lindsay, co-founder and director of jtwo solutions Pty Ltd, will bring his deep technology background to the business and has held board-level roles for several privately-owned companies. Continue reading “Redflow continues Board Renewal”

Canberra house models hybrid grid with Redflow

Faced with losing a generous solar feed-in tariff in December 2016, renewable energy advocate Jeff Knowles installed an energy storage system that lets him use energy from his home’s solar panels rather than sell it at a low rate.

Not one to do things by halves, Mr Knowles, a former president of the Australian Solar Energy Society in Canberra, used this investment to deepen his experience of various energy storage technologies, including a Redflow zinc-bromine flow battery. The hybrid energy storage system will be on public display this Sunday, September 16, when Mr Knowles demonstrates it for Sustainable House Day 2018, an annual showcase of some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes.

Mr Knowles said he had decided from the start to create a hybrid energy storage system. “While I wanted about 20 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of storage in the house, I did not want to deploy more than 10kWh of any single battery chemistry,” he said. Continue reading “Canberra house models hybrid grid with Redflow”

Redflow launches new installer training program

Redflow is partnering with leading Queensland training company EIM Training to provide training for its current and future installation partners on how to deploy and configure its ZBM2 and ZCell batteries for a range of energy storage applications.

EIM Training, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that meets standards agreed to by Federal and State Governments in Australia, has for eight years held the Preferred Queensland Supplier (PQS) contract from the Queensland State Government.  

EIM Training will deliver a Redflow-specific installer training program every month from its campus on the Gold Coast. The two-day program, which will be authorised by Redflow, will cover the design, installation, maintenance and fault-find elements of its batteries. The program’s first intake is scheduled for October. Continue reading “Redflow launches new installer training program”