Bosco beats power cuts with Redflow batteries

  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • ZBM2 installation partner: Specialized Solar Systems http://www.specializedsolarsystems.co.za/
  • Storage: 14 x Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries (total storage capacity of 140 kWh)

South Africa’s largest manufacturer of printed circuits, Bosco Printed Circuits, has eliminated twice a week power cuts that had disrupted production, delayed deliveries and cost more than 100,000 rand a year by deploying Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine batteries. Bosco has also reduced its electricity costs by minimising grid use during peak demand periods in the morning and evening – when charges increase by 300-400 per cent – by running the production line on solar-generated energy and off-peak power stored in its 14 ZBM2 batteries. Continue reading “Bosco beats power cuts with Redflow batteries”

Noble fires up ZCell for bushfire defences

  • Customer: Alan Noble
  • Location: Near Willunga, 47km south of Adelaide, South Australia
  • Storage: 2 x 10 kWh ZCell batteries www.zcell.com

Prominent Australian technology executive Alan Noble required an all-season, highly reliable energy supply at his family-owned property near the South Australian town of Willunga, to guarantee water pumps would work on high fire-risk days in summer. Faced with a very high price to extend mains power across the hilly 100-hectare block, plus the expense of ongoing electricity bills, Mr Noble decided to deploy a more cost-effective off-grid energy storage solution based on two ZCell batteries that can store 20 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy – eliminating power bills for the property entirely. Continue reading “Noble fires up ZCell for bushfire defences”

Hackett house powers through SA blackout

  • Customer: Simon Hackett
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • Storage: 2 x Redflow ZBM2 batteries

Simon Hackett is a man who likes to walk the walk as well as talk the talk, so the Redflow CEO was an early adopter of the Redflow-designed zinc-bromine flow battery that is at the heart of the ZCell residential energy storage system. At his eastern Adelaide home, Mr Hackett installed two Redflow batteries in early 2016, replacing a pair of ageing lead-acid batteries. As well as slashing energy consumption in his home, Mr Hackett saw the batteries power his household through a state-wide grid blackout in September that year without his family even noticing the power outage. Continue reading “Hackett house powers through SA blackout”

Conservation SA showcases ZCell

  • Customer: Conservation Council of SA (Conservation SA)
  • Location: 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Storage: 2 x 10 kWh ZCell batteries

As the state’s peak environmental organisation, the Conservation Council of South Australia (Conservation SA) seeks to lead by example. As well as installing 13 kilowatts (kW) of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of its central Adelaide office to reduce its carbon emissions and power costs, Conservation SA deployed two 10 kilowatt-hours (kWh) ZCell batteries from Redflow to extend those benefits and to provide a backup energy supply during power blackouts.  Continue reading “Conservation SA showcases ZCell”

Redflow telco BTS case study from Latin America

This case study discusses the successful installation of Redflow batteries into a telecommunications base transceiver site (BTS). The BTS is located in a remote location in Latin America, accessible via rocky road and difficult terrain. The key site issue was an intermittent grid, meaning constant site downtime equated to a loss of average revenue per user (ARPU), as well as an unreliable service for the customers of the mobile network operator (MNO).

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Report: The University of Queensland (Australia)

BRISBANE, QLD, AUSTRALIA, 2012: The University of Queensland (UQ) has installed the largest rooftop-mounted solar PV array in Australia (1.2 MW), located on three of its buildings at its flagship St Lucia campus in Brisbane, Australia.

In mid-2012, Redflow has installed its M90 energy storage system (90kW / 240kWh) alongside one section of the UQ solar field, marking our entry into the megawatt-scale class of energy storage systems.  It was designed to store solar power generated from a 390 kW section of UQ’s PV array in the daytime, and feed it back into the local network at times when it is needed most.

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Case Study: Redflow Smart Grid Smart Cities Trial

NEWINGTON, NSW, AUSTRALIA, 2012: The Australian Government has chosen Ausgrid to lead a $100 million initiative across five sites in Newcastle, Sydney and the Upper Hunter regions (see Figure 1). Smart Grid, Smart City creates a testing ground for new energy supply technologies. At least 30,000 households will participate in the project over three years. The demonstration project gathers information about the benefits and costs of different smart grid technologies in an Australian setting. Building a smart grid involves transforming the traditional electricity network by adding a chain of new, smart technology. It includes smart sensors, new back-end IT systems, smart meters and a communications network.

To learn more, down this case study about the Smart Grid Smart Cities Trial

Demonstration trial partner – AusGrid

Ausgrid and the Australian Government

AusGrid

Ausgrid is a major utility in New South Wales Australia.  In conjunction with the Australian Government’s Smart Grid, Smart City trial, Redflow installed sixty R510 residential energy storage units in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley as part of the Australian Government’s Smart Grid, Smart City project.  Redflow’s involvement with this part of the project extended from late 2011 to mid-2013.  Another R510 was also installed as part of the Newington Smart Home sub-project.  Redflow began its involvement with this trial in 2010 with a lead-acid energy storage system, after which the system was upgraded to an R510 in late 2011 before ending its time at the Smart Home in mid-2013.  Please see the Smart Grid, Smart Cities R510 Case Study for more information regarding Redflow’s experience with Australian utility, Ausgrid, of the design, installation and operation of 61 R510 electricity storage systems in New South Wales, Australia. Redflow’s Whitepaper also provides an overview of key results and lessons learnt from the project.

Demonstration trial partner – Ergon Energy

Ergon Energy Corporation

Ergon Energy

Ergon Energy is the Queensland Government-owned electricity distributor to regional Queensland, with an asset base of $8 billion and more than 650,000 residential and business customers. RedFlow supplied 30 ZBM systems for installation and integration within the Ergon Energy electricity supply network, as part of the Australian Government’s Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies (AEST) program. The systems were used for managing peak electricity demand within three locations in Ergon Energy’s rural network and were remotely monitored by both RedFlow and Ergon Energy.