Redflow Limited, a publicly-listed Australian company (ASX: RFX), produces small 10kWh zinc-bromine flow batteries that tolerate daily hard work in harsh conditions. Marketed as ZCell and ZBM2, Redflow batteries are designed for high cycle-rate, long time-base stationary energy storage applications in the residential, commercial & industrial and telecommunications sectors, and are scalable from a single battery installation through to grid-scale deployments. Redflow batteries are sold, installed and maintained by an international network of energy system integrators. Redflow’s smart, self-protecting batteries offer unique advantages including secure remote management, 100 per cent daily depth of discharge, tolerance of high ambient temperatures, a simple recycling path, no propensity for thermal runaway and sustained energy delivery throughout their operating life.
Battery innovator Redflow will demonstrate the new Internet-enabled Battery Management System (BMS) for its batteries at the Australian Energy Storage Exhibition in Sydney on June 1-2.
Designed to simplify battery installation, control, maintenance and monitoring, the Redflow BMS tracks real-time battery performance and energy storage levels for system installers and battery owners. It allows local and remote monitoring, data logging and management over any available Internet connection.
Redflow will bundle the BMS with its recently announced ZCell residential product and will also supply it for use in commercial, telecoms and grid-scale deployments.
Redflow Executive Chairman Simon Hackett said the BMS would make the sophisticated Redflow batteries easy to install, control, manage and monitor. “This BMS is a key part of our vision of providing efficient and effective battery energy storage systems for both homes and businesses,” he said.
Technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett has installed a Redflow LSB energy storage system at his Adelaide office, Base64, guaranteeing at least four days of continuous energy supply.
Base64’s LSB (Large Scale Battery) contains 60 ZBM flow batteries in a 20ft shipping container form-factor, which can deliver 660 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy in a full discharge cycle. The LSB can be charged from solar and store more than four days of the typical energy requirements of the 2777-square-metre Kent Town property - a multi-tenanted facility routinely occupied by more than 50 people - significantly reducing Base64’s need for grid energy and associated carbon emissions.
Mr. Hackett, who is Executive Chairman of Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX), said the LSB would store energy harvested from Base64’s existing array of 80 PV solar panels. “It will provide us with an enormous degree of energy independence,” he said.
Australian battery innovator Redflow today launches its first residential energy storage solution, ZCell, a breakthrough system that includes a battery made from easily recyclable or reusable components.
ZCell can store 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy, allowing people to ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.
Australian residential installations are scheduled to start mid year, kicked off by an introductory rebate offer for eligible Redflow shareholders. Full details of ZCell and the opportunity to reserve a ZCell battery are available at www.zcell.com. International availability will be announced in coming months.
Redflow Executive Chairman Simon Hackett said ZCell was a breakthrough system. “ZCell breaks many of the rules that apply to legacy batteries, making it ideal for the home market,” he said.