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”

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”

Redflow manufactures complete batteries in Thailand

Redflow is pleased to announce that since commencement of manufacturing of the complete zincbromine battery in Redflow’s new Thai manufacturing facility in June, it now has the capacity to consistently produce 90 ZBM2 batteries per month. These batteries are now being shipped to customers in Australia and overseas with production volumes synchronised with customer demand.

Redflow CEO Tim Harris said manufacturing complete batteries from the factory marked an important milestone for the company. “This achievement is underpinned by our ongoing focus on ensuring the consistent supply of quality batteries from this new facility,” he said. Continue reading “Redflow manufactures complete batteries in Thailand”