Redflow receives order for ZBM2 batteries to power rural microgrid in North West Tasmania

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has secured an order to immediately supply 27 of its ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries for a Tasmanian farm owned by Simon Hackett.

Mr Hackett – Redflow’s largest single shareholder – has designed an energy system to deliver energy independence for the 73-hectare property, The Vale (http://www.thevale.com.au), located in North West Tasmania.

The Vale runs sheep and beef cattle, with ‘The Vale Lamb’ featuring on the menus of multiple hotels along the north-west Tasmanian coast. The farm, which is diversifying into additional forms of agriculture, is also exploring an expansion into eco-tourism operations. The energy harvesting, storage and distribution system at The Vale will use an initial deployment of 27 ZBM2 batteries, storing as much as 270 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy, interfaced to a large fault-tolerant cluster of 12 x Victron Quattro 48/15000 inverter/chargers. The system will harvest renewable energy from a 100-kilowatt peak (kWp) ground-mounted array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, with scope for future expansion.

Mr Hackett said his goal for the system was to create energy independence for the farm, delivering energy to power both building loads and electric vehicles. “The project, with an overall budget of around $1m, will include the building of a new site-wide microgrid. This will use new underground power interconnects to link seven distinct buildings across the whole property,” he said. Continue reading “Redflow receives order for ZBM2 batteries to power rural microgrid in North West Tasmania”

The Redflow Effect: Alan Kohler interviews Simon Hackett

Leading Australian financial journalist Alan Kohler interviews Redflow’s Simon Hackett about how the Australian innovator is using its world-leading expertise at miniaturising zinc-bromine flow batteries to disrupt the large, established market for lead-acid batteries in telecommunication sites.

Republished with permission of The Constant Investor, the following article is the transcript of Alan Kohler’s interview with Simon Hackett – who at the time was Redflow’s interim CEO – first published as a podcast on September 21, 2017. Continue reading “The Redflow Effect: Alan Kohler interviews Simon Hackett”

Simon Hackett on Fully Charged

Check out Simon Hackett explaining the benefits of home batteries to Robert Llewellyn on a recent episode of Fully Charged. And, yes, it is THAT Robert Llewellyn, renowned and loved as Kryten (without the getup) from the cult sci-fi TV series Red Dwarf. Click below to start the video.

Thank you to Robert Llewellyn and his Fully Charged team for permission to republish this excellent video on the Impress website.

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Simon Hackett shows his home ZBM2 energy system

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Redflow Executive Chairman and CEO Simon Hackett reports that his ZBM2-based energy storage system works very well indeed – and flawlessly from the standpoint of his family, who see a house that ‘just works’ – even when the grid doesn’t. “We all appreciate seeing the house operating well into most evenings on time-shifted solar energy harvested during the day,” writes in a blog published at https://simonhackett.com/2016/11/28/home-redflow-zbm-installation/.

Are flow batteries the future of home energy storage?

Solar Choice reports that RedFlow’s ZCell is one of the most is one of the most in-demand battery storage products on the Australian market; it also stands out for being one of the only ‘flow batteries‘ currently available. Solar Choice had the opportunity to catch up with RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett about the role of flow batteries (and the ZCell) in Australia’s energy transformation, in the process discussing how the ZCell compares to the vast array of lithium-based batteries sweeping the market. Our conversation is included below. Read its interview transcript at http://www.solarchoice.net.au/blog/news/redflow-flow-batteries-future-home-energy-storage-171016.