Redflow takes on Telsa with 10kWh solar battery

Technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett is betting big on batteries, tackling Tesla head-on with a 10 kilowatt hour battery for Australian homes. The ZCell, from Australian battery firm Redflow, can store 10kWh of energy, allowing people to “timeshift” solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems, reports David Swan in The Australian. Read his full story here

Redflow takes on Tesla Powerwall with ZCell home battery

Redflow executive chairman Simon Hackett owns three Tesla cars but when it comes to home batteries he believes he can go one better than the Californian car maker. His company’s ZCell home battery using zinc-bromide “flow” technology performed better than the lithium-ion systems dominating the market, he told Angela Macdonald-Smith in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read more online

Redflow’s Hackett: We’re better than Tesla’s home battery storage

Simon Hackett, the executive chairman of Australian battery storage developer Redflow, declares himself to be the number one fan of Tesla electric vehicles in Australia. But he insists that Redflow’s battery storage product is better than the Tesla Powerwall. Redflow threw down the gauntlet to its much-hyped international rival on Wednesday, announcing the release of the ZCell battery storage product, bigger and more expensive than Tesla and other big name products, but one Hackett expects to be a force in the market. Click here to read Giles Parkinson’s article in RenewEconomy

 

Redflow unveils battery lab in Adelaide

Australian battery manufacturer Redflow Ltd has established a battery laboratory in Adelaide to assist with its software development and to certify its zinc bromide flow batteries with multiple inverters.

While ASX-listed Redflow (ASX:RFX) has its core R&D facilities in Brisbane, the Kent Town-based lab provides important support for the launch of the company’s residential battery. Last month, Redflow announced that it will launch its residential battery before the end of March with commercial installations scheduled to occur from June this year.

Redflow also reported it had completed an oversubscribed capital raising of $7.36 million and concurrently launched a$5.56 million entitlements offer. These funds will provide extra working capital for its residential battery rollout and to continue developing a new higher energy battery.

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Household batteries flick the switch for a smart electricity grid

There’s a popular belief that the looming presence of batteries in people’s homes will lead to the widespread defection of those customers from the power grid.  In this view, living the dream means grid-independence where you harvest your own energy, one-finger salute the power companies and, when grid power fails for others in the street, your battery keeps the party going at your house.  While cutting the power cord sounds good in theory, in practice consumers gain many more advantages from staying connected to the grid.. Read Redflow Executive Chairman Simon Hackett’s column about the battery revolution in The Australian.