Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX) is pleased to announce an agreement with Mobax South Africa to provide batteries to test as a solution for mobile phone towers with a leading South African mobile network provider.
The agreement will see Redflow batteries deployed at existing mobile sites, with a particular focus on reducing the high cost of running diesel backup generators as well as being a less attractive target for theft. Redflow will supply as many as 10 ZBM2 batteries at its cost for the duration of the project, which aims to validate the technical and commercial benefits of the Redflow energy storage solution. The six-month project is expected to commence next month with defined success criteria that can be achieved earlier.
The ZBM2 batteries will be deployed and supported by Mobax South Africa, a new Redflow system integration partner. Mobax is part of Mobax Group, a leading field service provider of engineering, project and technical services to telecommunication network operators across southern Africa. Mobax Group, which has more than 350 field service engineers deployed across multiple countries, will be supported by Redflow’s long-time South African distributor SSS (Specialized Solar Systems).
This agreement follows last year’s order from Moropa Site Solutions for 37 ZBM2 batteries to support its rollout of new sites across the operator’s South African mobile network. These new sites use Redflow batteries to provide standby energy to help address an unreliable power grid and mitigate the risk of theft.
Redflow Managing Director and CEO Tim Harris said this latest agreement was a clear sign of the company’s progress: “We’re very excited that one of Africa’s leading mobile operators is now looking at how to deploy Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries at their existing sites rather than just new towers,” he said.
“Our batteries have clearly demonstrated performance and cost savings benefits when compared with diesel-powered generators for backup power at off-grid sites. Our batteries can also help grid-connected towers in areas with unreliable power supply. Our batteries help solve a real and growing customer problem, so we are very positive about the opportunity this development may provide.
“Redflow is also delighted to welcome Mobax as our latest partner. Mobax has an excellent industry reputation and deep reach throughout Africa. We see a long and strategic partnership ahead of us.”
Mobax Group CEO Fred Watkins said he saw significant opportunities from offering Redflow energy storage batteries for deployment at telecommunications sites across southern Africa: “Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries offer many advantages over diesel generators, lithium and lead-acid batteries,” he said. “As well as eliminating the cost and complex logistics of constantly shipping and storing diesel at remote sites and having to replace lead-acid batteries every few years, these long-life Redflow batteries reduce the risk of theft which is a major issue for all mobile telecom operators.”
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Redflow Limited, a publicly-listed Australian company (ASX: RFX), produces small 10kWh zinc-bromine flow batteries that tolerate daily hard work in harsh conditions. Marketed as ZCell and ZBM2, Redflow batteries are designed for high cycle-rate, long time-base stationary energy storage applications in the residential, commercial & industrial and telecommunications sectors, and are scalable from a single battery installation through to grid-scale deployments. Redflow batteries are sold, installed and maintained by an international network of energy system integrators. Redflow’s smart, self-protecting batteries offer unique advantages including secure remote management, 100 per cent daily depth of discharge, tolerance of high ambient temperatures, a simple recycling path, no propensity for thermal runaway and sustained energy delivery throughout their operating life.