Power failure and the limitations of diesel-generated electricity caused a lead smelter in Australia to shut down operations for around two weeks.
All operations have resumed and the plant is now back and running at full production.
Multi-metals firm Nyrstar was forced to shut its Port Pirie smelter in South Australia after severe storms led to an outage of its power supply, including the blast furnace on September 28th.
Australian battery materials start-up company Nano-Nouvelle has won deals with two US battery makers to test its battery boosting 3D nanotechnology.
The ‘Nanode’ concept - a 3D nano-structured, porous electrode that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries by up to 50% - came in 2011, with a successful $3.7 million round of cleantech investor funding last June.
Just after the launch of a new battery management system (BMS) for its ZCell home ESS, Australian firm Redflow has certified a compatible inverter from energy storage management provider Redback Technologies.
Redflow’s new ZCell home battery, launched in March, is a 10 kilowatt hour (kWh) flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.
Redflow has now fully integrated the ZCell with Redback’s Smart Hybrid Solar Inverter System, which manages energy supplies from the grid, PV solar panels and a battery to enable users to achieve greater savings by self-consuming more of their on-site generated power.
With one in five homes in Australia now equipped with solar power, home storage systems are gaining in popularity but the rush will be on to get them in place with solar subsidies due to end in New South Wales at the end of this year.
Feed-in tariffs will be reduced, hence the need for smarter home energy systems if savings are to be made.
The ZCell, which is made primarily of plastic, aluminium and steel, has 100% depth of discharge and a daily energy output of 10kWh.
Redback’s technology is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite cloud platform, running on a cloud-enabled intelligent system for analytics and remote control, which monitors consumption patterns, moving the use of appliances such as pool pumps and hot water into the “solar window” so they can be optimised to maximise self-consumption of rooftop solar.
Redback Technologies Founder and Managing Director Philip Livingston said he looked forward to working with Redflow as the energy storage sector develops.
“Australia is the perfect place from which to build a globally relevant energy storage sector based on local innovation, Redback Technologies is building the infrastructure for the next generation grid and partnering with Redflow provides choice to consumers and solar installers. We are going to put more money into homeowners’ pockets and create cleaner energy for our children’s future,” he said.
Australian firm Redflow has opened a battery laboratory to progress its software and to enable its zinc bromide flow batteries to be used with multiple inverters.
The Adelaide based laboratory will develop battery management system software for Redflow’s 10kWh residential battery, which is being launched this month.
The burgeoning residential battery storage market in Australia has been boosted further by a multi-million dollar investment by the country’s largest publicly traded energy retailer AGL Energy Ltd.
AGL agreed to invest $20 million into US firm Sunverge’s lithium-ion Solar Integration System (SIS), a second generation.
The SIS combines advanced lithium batteries with a control platform that allows power to flow to and from the grid as part of a virtual power plant.
The AGL investment comes on top of £7 million already put in to Sunverge by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Siemens Venture Capital (SBCVC) and Total Energy Ventures International.
“This will help Sunverge establish operations in Australia and overcome barriers to the widespread deployment of storage systems,” said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.
“Residential battery storage is currently in its infancy in Australia. While only a small number of systems are currently installed, there is a lot of interest in the technology.
“The partnership between AGL and Sunverge will accelerate the roll-out of a state-of-the art grid-integrated battery storage solution to Australia’s large household storage market.”
Home storage system makers are lining up to get their products into the Australian market.
Queensland-based Energex installed the country’s first Tesla Powerwall in January along with one of Sunergy’s storage systems.
And in February, Brisbane firm Redflow announced it would be launching its residential energy storage system – backed by its zinc bromine battery – in March, with the first installations expected for June.
An electricity utility firm has become the first to install a Tesla lithium-ion home energy storage unit at its Australian facility as the country gears itself up for a long-term strategy to manage network demand.
Queensland-based Energex has installed a Powerwall and another storage system from Californian company Sunverge at its Brisbane training facility as it investigates how to integrate solar batteries into the network with financial incentives for customers.
Sydney-based Ecoult has just launched its medium-scale 25 kW Ultrabattery-backed energy storage system UltraFlex.
The supercharged lead-acid battery hybrid is the result of Australian Government-funded development of Ecoult’s Deka UltraBattery technology, which was rolled out in MW scale applications in 2013.
It’s taken two years, but finally a 5MWh lithium-ion battery system using renewable energy sources is to begin construction…almost.
Lyon Infrastructure Investments announced that it expects to commence construction on a 26MW solar PV farm plus 5MWh battery system near Cook Town, Queensland, Australia in the fourth quarter of this year.
US battery manufacturer EnerSys has completed the acquisition of Australian based ICS Industries.
The buyout signals Enersys’ strategy to expand its global reach, especially in the Asia Pacific region.