Simon Hackett with the redesigned Redflow LSB

Check out Simon Hackett’s keynote from the 2018 Australian Energy Storage conference

Redflow Limited had a high profile at the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition 2018, held in Adelaide on May 23-24. As well as demonstrating its range of zinc-bromine flow batteries at the exhibition, Redflow technology evangelist and non-executive director Simon Hackett gave a keynote address at the conference on Thursday, May 24.

Simon, who spoke about “Energy storage technology as the enabler of new energy applications and of new business models”, has published his keynote speech from AES 2018 on his website. Click here to listen to and view Simon’s presentation.

In this synchronised audio recording and PowerPoint deck, Simon poses the question: Will a future grid with large amounts of renewable energy storage necessarily use lithium-ion or other conventional battery systems for most of that large-scale energy storage – or are there better ways?  Simon’s presentation examines the role of flow batteries and other energy storage technologies in using renewable energy to build this future energy grid in which “baseload” power generation is on the wane. Simon specifically addresses the need to identify the lifetime environmental impact of ‘environmentally friendly’ energy generation and storage as distinct from just its up-front cost.

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YourDC CEO Scott Hicks

Redflow cuts $1700 in power costs at holiday house

11Australian technology entrepreneur Scott Hicks has saved thousands of dollars a year in power costs at his riverside holiday house by adding solar panels and a Redflow ZCell zinc-bromine flow battery.

Mr Hicks, CEO of private data centre provider YourDC, bought the spacious house at Mannum, a Murray River town 84 kilometres east of Adelaide, as an accessible hideaway from the working week. The 10-year-old holiday house is on the banks of the Murray River, among gum trees and wildlife.

However, during his first year, Mr Hicks discovered this peaceful repose came a price – the high cost of electricity. “During the first year, we found that our power bills were huge,” he said. “Our usage peaked at the most expensive time of day because we had lots of air con running.”

After researching solar panels and energy storage systems, Mr Hicks said Redflow’s ZCell zinc-bromine flow battery stood out. “I decided that Redflow was the far superior option out at Mannum where it’s a couple of degrees warmer than in the Adelaide metro area,” he said. Continue reading “Redflow cuts $1700 in power costs at holiday house”

Redflow raises A$18.1M to grow battery sales

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) today announced it will raise $18.1 million in equity capital to scale up battery production and to grow Australian and international sales.

The Brisbane-based company is raising the funds through a combination of a placement to new investors and a fully underwritten rights issue offered to all current shareholders.

Redflow Chairman Brett Johnson said Redflow had made significant progress in the past six months. “We’ve opened our new wholly-owned manufacturing facility in Thailand which is making quality battery stacks,” he said.

“We now have the ability to manufacture and supply quality batteries in predictable quantities. The current plan is to increase our manufacturing capacity in Thailand so we can manufacture as many as 90 complete batteries a month by June 2018 and, subject to demand, scale up production to as many as 250 batteries by December 2018. We’ve also appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Tim Harris, who has extensive international business experience in the telecommunications sector.

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How to unlock renewables? Cheaper, cleaner, better batteries

Unlock renewables through cheaper, cleaner, better batteries reports Eco-Business in an interview with Redflow non-executive director and technology evangelist Simon Hackett.

“Energy storage systems provide the missing link in the renewable energy revolution by storing energy from when it is produced—when the wind blows or the sun shines—to when it is needed on a still day or at night,” says Simon Hackett, Redflow’s largest investor and non-executive director, who will speak at the Australian Energy Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Adelaide on 23 and 24 May.

 http://www.eco-business.com/news/how-to-unlock-renewables-cheaper-cleaner-better-batteries/

Redflow board pleased by Thai factory progress

The Redflow Limited board has commended the successful commissioning of the company’s new factory in Thailand after visiting the facility this month.

During the two-day inspection, Redflow directors saw factory staff fully assemble two ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries which are now undergoing post-production acceptance testing.

Redflow Chairman Brett Johnson said the board had been pleased by progress at the factory. “We are impressed by the commitment of the on-site team to producing high-quality components,” he said.

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Redflow recruits new skills for next phase of growth

Redflow has named experienced technology executive Tim Harris as its new CEO to focus on the company’s growth and commercialisation.

Long-term Redflow executive Richard Aird returns to the role of Chief Operating Officer, a critical position that focuses his deep skills and experience with development of Redflow’s unique ZBM2 battery to ensure its successful production by the new factory in Thailand. Richard will continue his successful work in driving cost-downs, optimisations and quality improvements in the supply-chain and manufacturing process as the company prepares to ramp-up battery production during 2018.

Since last year’s strategic review, Redflow has transferred its manufacturing operations from North America to Thailand, where it is now successfully producing battery stacks – the critical component of its zinc-bromine flow batteries – and is on track to produce full batteries by June this year.

Tim Harris has extensive international business experience from the telecommunications sector – a key market for Redflow – where he was previously Chief Commercial Officer for Chorus in New Zealand and held senior leadership roles for BT Group in Singapore and the UK. More information about Tim is available at https://redflow.com/about-us/board-management/.

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Frost & Sullivan lauds Redflow with 2018 Asia Pacific Battery Manufacturer Award

Global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has presented Redflow Limited with its 2018 Asia Pacific Battery Manufacturer Competitive Strategy and Innovation Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan said the award acknowledged the relentless efforts of the Redflow team and recognised the company’s outstanding performance throughout 2017. “It is a reflection of your great achievement in year 2017 and we hope it will inspire your team to even greater levels of performance,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Vice President – Energy & Environment, Asia Pacific Ravi Krishnaswamy.

Frost & Sullivan is a business consulting firm involved in market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting, and corporate training across multiple industries.

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards have identified and honoured best-in-class companies that have demonstrated excellence in their respective industries. Award recipients were identified based on in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research conducted by Frost & Sullivan’s analysts. Companies are typically studied on their revenues, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the industry in order to identify best practices.

First Redflow Thai-stack batteries ready for customers

Redflow Limited has completed the first ZBM2 batteries using battery stacks made by its new Thailand factory, which are now ready for shipment to customers.

The battery stack is the critical part of the Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow battery, with electrodes that charge the battery by depositing zinc on a membrane and discharge it by reversing that process.

At Redflow’s Brisbane headquarters, the Thai-made battery stacks were installed on existing ZBM2 battery ‘tank sets’ and connected to performance-testing equipment. After passing pre-delivery tests, these complete batteries are now scheduled for delivery to supply existing customer orders.  Redflow will continue to assemble, test and deliver limited quantities of ZBM2 batteries with Thai-produced battery stacks until it starts end-to-end manufacturing and testing of complete batteries in Thailand by June.

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Simon Hackett with the redesigned Redflow LSB

Redflow simplifies Large Scale Battery design

Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX) has simplified using its batteries in large energy storage systems by integrating plug-and-play technology into its LSB (Large Scale Battery) reference platform.

Implemented in an LSB installed at Simon Hackett’s Base64 property in Adelaide, the new design incorporates six 12-kilowatt (kW) Victron Quattro 48/15000 battery inverter/chargers with 45 Redflow ZBM2 batteries. By implementing this improved design, the Base64 LSB will deliver an energy storage capacity of 450 kilowatt-hours (kWh).

The LSB Reference Platform is a container-sized deployment of Redflow batteries, which can operate as a single ‘virtual” battery to assist Redflow system integrators with designing and deploying larger energy storage systems. Base64 installed its original LSB in 2016, running it for about a year before undertaking the redesign process in conjunction with Redflow.

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