Opinion: Australia’s future lies with renewable energy not mega coal mines

As the Courier-Mail’s Kathleen Noonan listens to ABC RN Breakfast host Fran Kelly interview Simon Hackett, executive chair of Redflow, the battery storage company, about South Australia’s strides toward renewables, she reflects on the arrival of a battery revolution at http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-australias-future-lies-with-renewable-energy-not-mega-coal-mines/news-story/3d8e4f98d286cc58b74e317d59b6db1d?login=1.


Redflow’s Hackett: 2016 is inflexion point for battery storage

Simon Hackett, the executive chairman of Australian battery storage maker Redflow, says it is now clear that 2016 will be an inflexion point for the battery storage market in Australia, given huge interest from consumers and the rush of new products to the market, reported RenewEconomy. Redflow is preparing to release its 10kWh zinc bromine “flow” battery, known as the ZCell, into the market in August, where it will be competing with a host of new lithium-ion batteries, some of which – such as Enphase – are already reporting significantly higher than anticipated sales. Read on at RenewEconomy 

ABC Science Show energy panel with Simon Hackett

At the 2016 WOMADelaide festival, ABC Radio National science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams interviewed a guest panel – including Redflow’s Simon Hackett –  about the big changes happening in the way we generate, buy and sell electricity. We’re seeing batteries, microgrids, and the possibility of self-sufficiency based on renewable energy, both for individual households, and in some cases, whole towns. In many places, the new options presented by technology and innovation are marching ahead of regulations, meaning some initiatives are being restrained by laws drafted for a different world.

Hackett: Policy tempo still lags

Veteran Aussie tech entrepreneur Simon Hackett says we need to vastly raise the tempo of innovation policy to make venture capital work properly in this country as he wrangles with making a success of the Redflow storage battery outfit, reports Stuart Kennedy in InnovatiionAus. Read his report here