Australia’s Chief Scientist visits Redflow battery-powered early childhood centre at Knox City Council

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel recently visited the Knox City Council’s state-of-the-art Children and Family Centre at Wantirna South in Melbourne to learn about the adoption and operation of Redflow zinc-bromine flow batteries which provide energy to the Centre.

Knox City Council has built two state-of-the-art early years facilities in Melbourne’s outer east – one at Wantirna South and the other at Bayswater – designed to last for 100 years, with leading-edge insulation, power conservation and renewable energy systems. 

Each Knox Children and Family Centre contains 18 Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries – capable of storing 180 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy at each site – to ensure its renewably-sourced energy is available around the clock. Combined with 100 kilowatts peak (kWp) of solar panels on the roof of each building, Knox City Council expects this renewable energy system will save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. 

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Redflow batteries to store renewable energy for new children’s centres in Melbourne’s east

Redflow is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to supply 32 of its zinc-bromine flow batteries for two new state-of-the-art children’s centres in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The Knox Children and Family Centres at Wantirna South (due to open in January 2019) and Bayswater (due to open in March 2019) will each include 100 kilowatts of photovoltaic solar panels and 16 Redflow ZBM2 batteries, storing as much as 160 kilowatt-hours of energy.  Renewable energy with Redflow storage is expected to generate annual energy cost savings of $140,000 for each site.

The advantages of Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries include:

  • The ability to discharge 100 per cent of their stored energy daily without damaging the battery
  • Sustained energy storage capacity for 10 years
  • Tolerance of warm temperatures, and
  • Inherent safety with a non-flammable electrolyte.

Redflow partner Torus Group, which is installing both solar panels and batteries, will install the first ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries next week. Continue reading “Redflow batteries to store renewable energy for new children’s centres in Melbourne’s east”