Redflow batteries and the SA Govt Home Battery Scheme

Redflow is an Australian company with operations in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth whose ZCell zinc-bromine flow batteries are technically suitable for and are routinely deployed in residential homes around Australia.

Redflow supports the South Australian Government’s establishment of its Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 South Australian households with access to a subsidy of as much as $6000 on the cost of a battery and low-interest finance if needed. As well as enabling lower electricity costs for households that buy a battery, these energy storage systems will reduce demand on the electricity network – especially during peak periods – and, in turn, lower energy prices for all South Australians.

Redflow batteries are available in South Australia and nationally through a network of trained installers. South Australian Redflow installation partners have submitted ZCell battery-based energy storage system designs to the South Australian government and have requested approval to subsidise such installations via the Home Battery Scheme.  Redflow will publish details of these packages and the installers concerned via links on this page, after their applications are approved. Continue reading “Redflow batteries and the SA Govt Home Battery Scheme”

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”

After turnaround year, Redflow aims for growth

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) reports it has completed a successful turnaround during 2017-18 and is focussed on growth in the current year.

In a letter to shareholders accompanying the company’s 2017-18 results, Redflow reports that the past year had seen the company successfully set up its wholly owned factory in Thailand, where it now produces its unique zinc-bromine flow batteries.

Chairman Brett Johnson said Redflow’s primary focus was on producing high-quality batteries to meet the commercial and technical requirements of its customers. “Redflow’s priority is to maintain an efficient, high-quality manufacturing facility that, with increasing sales revenue, will progressively improve our gross profit margin,” he said. Continue reading “After turnaround year, Redflow aims for growth”

Darling Building beats energy shortfall with Redflow batteries

Redflow’s ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries have solved the problem of insufficient energy supply that was holding back a $4 million renovation of a heritage-listed building in central Adelaide.

After architectural firm Williams Burton Leopardi bought the derelict 1916 Darling Building, largely neglected since the 1960s, they learned that the planned peak energy demand for the renovated building would require more electricity than the local power grid could supply. The peak power draw during summer was calculated at 290 amps – whereas SA Power Networks could initially supply only 150 amps, although this was later revised upwards to 200 amps.

Williams Burton Leopardi director David Burton said many solutions were so expensive they would have made the renovated building commercially unviable. “We didn’t have the space in the building for a transformer; gas would cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars and ‘winging it’ was not an option,” he said. Continue reading “Darling Building beats energy shortfall with Redflow batteries”

Redflow batteries to power Fiji’s digital TV rollout

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited has shipped zinc-bromine flow batteries made at its new factory in Thailand to fulfil its largest-ever order for use in a digital television network in Fiji.

New Zealand-based telecommunications infrastructure specialist Hitech Solutions last year chose Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries to provide energy storage for Fiji’s new digital television network which it is deploying for the Fiji Government throughout the Pacific nation, including remote islands.

Hitech Solutions ordered US$1.2 million worth of Redflow ZBM2 batteries to store and supply renewable energy to power the Fijian digital TV network. The company, which has operated a five-battery trial site in Fiji during the past year, intends to scale up its deployment of solar panels and Redflow batteries during the next six months. Hitech will install from five to 60 ZBM2 batteries at more than 10 sites in Fiji, many of which are on hills with no access to the country’s electricity grid. Continue reading “Redflow batteries to power Fiji’s digital TV rollout”