Redflow batteries supply energy for remote Thai village

Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries are now storing solar energy to provide a reliable power supply for a remote village in mountainous northern Thailand that has long lacked electricity.

In a project backed by the Thai Government, the village of Ban Pha Dan in Lamphun province is using solar cells to harvest energy and a high-performance hybrid battery system, including ZBM2s, to store energy for a village microgrid that is separated from the national electricity distribution network.

Ban Pha Dan, 70km south of the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, is a small village that has lacked access to electricity because it is surrounded by a wildlife reserve where power poles are forbidden. This microgrid project was initiated by Thailand’s Energy Ministry and the Renewable Energy for Sustainable Association with financial support from the Energy Conservation Promotion Fund.

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Redflow’s first Thai battery stacks arrive in Brisbane

Redflow Limited has today received in Australia the first battery electrode stacks made by its new Thailand facility.

The battery stack (pictured below) is the critical part of the Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow battery, containing electrodes that charge the battery by “plating” zinc on a membrane and then discharge it by reversing that process, which can sustain 10 kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity for the battery’s operating life.

At Redflow’s Brisbane headquarters, the Thai-made battery stacks will be installed on ZBM2 battery tank sets (without stacks) which were manufactured last year at the former factory in North America.

Redflow Chairman Brett Johnson said these complete batteries would be tested and then supplied to customers to meet existing orders. “As we manufacture stacks for these approximately 200 tank sets, we will progressively validate high-quality components and sub-assemblies at our factory,” he said.

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