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Redflow wins repeat flow batteries order

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:02 -- News Editor
Redflow wins repeat flow batteries order

Australian flow battery maker Redflow has won a second US$600,000 (A$750,000) order for zinc-bromine batteries for a major energy storage project in the Pacific Islands.

The repeat orderfrom New Zealand-based Hitech Solutions, comes just a few months after Redflow supplied its ZBM2 batteries for Hitech’s construction of “advanced hybrid energy storage solutions” at a number of telecoms sites.

Redflow said it had already completed deliveries of the first order to Hitech, which specialises in telecommunications and infrastructure services.

Redflow’s CEO Simon Hackett (pictured) said the repeat order “confirms the unique advantages of our zinc-bromine flow batteries for this high-workload deployment in the tropics”.

Hitech placed its order through Redflow partner Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power).

According to Redflow, the ZBM2 “is the world’s smallest flow battery— uniquely qualifying it to replace lead-acid batteries in remote site deployments, such as telecommunication sites”. The battery “runs natively at 48 volts DC, making it simple to install”, the company said.

Last July, Redflow launched an AUD14.5m ($11.6m) funding round “to target sustainable delivery of its zinc-bromine flow batteries to high demand areas” such as telecoms and remote/off-grid power.

The announcement followed the Brisbane-based company’s strategic review last May, which set out plans to “transition” manufacturing to Southeast Asia from South America, cut supply chain costs and implement “cost-down projects” to reduce delivered product manufacturing cost “by at least 30% over the next 18 months”.