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 carbonTRACK Spiros Livaradas and Brenton Spear WcarbonTRACK's Spiros Livaradas (left) congratulates Brenton Spear

Smart energy innovator carbonTRACK Ltd has appointed technology veteran Brenton Spear as Chief Executive Officer to work alongside founder Spiros Livadaras to drive the company’s global growth.

carbonTRACK is an Australian company that is disrupting the energy sector globally by delivering patented technology which creates a decentralised energy ecosystem, connecting energy generators, energy distributors and energy consumers. carbonTRACK’s software is used by energy companies in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, USA and the UK.

Mr Spear, who has been carbonTRACK’s Chief Operating Officer since 2019, has more than 25 years’ experience in running large technology platforms for major customer-facing energy technology companies including AGL and Energy Australia. He also held senior roles with National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, Sensis, Amcor, Telstra and the Department of Defence. Mr Spear holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.

John BurstonJohn BurstonAustralia’s 40-year-old Lifeflow Meditation Centre has decided to offer its online Learn to Meditate course to Victorians to help them deal with the mental and emotional stress caused by their State’s extended COVID-19 lockdown.

The six-part online course, which normally costs $220, provides a step-by-step program that demystifies meditation, making it easy to learn simple meditation practices and, most importantly, to put them to use in daily life. Victorians can receive free access to the full online course until lockdown ends on June 10 by using the promo code VIC100 on the Lifeflow website at https://lifeflow.com.au.

Redflow MD & CEO Tim HarrisRedflow MD & CEO Tim HarrisHighlights:

  • IZA members represent 60 per cent of worldwide zinc production and 80 per cent of Western Hemisphere production
  • IZA’s Zinc Battery Initiative aims to promote Zinc batteries’ substantial advantages over competing chemistries such as lithium-ion and lead-acid, especially in Redflow's focus of long-duration energy storage
  • Joining the IZA and Zinc Battery Initiative benefits Redflow’s focus on developing the market for zinc-bromine flow batteries in North America and other core markets.

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited today announces that it has joined the International Zinc Association (IZA) to contribute to a global initiative promoting the benefits of zinc-based energy storage.

The International Zinc Association is a Group whose members represent 60 per cent of worldwide production of zinc and 80 per cent of production in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, it has more than 150 affiliate members from key zinc-consuming end-user groups.

TRUMPF Hüttinger Business Unit Power Converter Systems Head Vivek SinghTRUMPF Hüttinger Business Unit Power Converter Systems Head Vivek SinghAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited has integrated bi-directional converters from global electronics manufacturer TRUMPF Hüttinger into its innovative Energy Pod Z scalable modules to deliver large-scale energy storage for major projects.

The first deployment of Redflow’s new Energy Pod Z grid-scale modular architecture is for a two megawatt-hour energy storage system at a major US bioenergy facility for a global technology leader in recovering value from waste. The project in southern California marks Redflow’s first major project in the US and its largest global deployment to date.

Each Pod-Z module contains 16 Redflow batteries integrated with TRUMPF Hüttinger TruConvert bi-directional DC voltage converter/controllers. This integration allows the pods to deliver energy in the 700–900-volt DC range that is needed to construct and operate truly grid-scale energy system deployments.

By using TRUMPF Hüttinger power conversion modules to configure each of the 12 pods for a 50kW high voltage energy throughput, the total system at the California facility will achieve a continuous energy rating of 600kW. The Energy Pod Z architecture using TRUMPF DC converters has no limit on the number of Energy Pod Z modules that can be deployed, enabling the architecture to support much larger energy storage sites.