SA’s peak environmental organisation, Conservation SA, has installed two ZCell batteries to charge an electric car and to provide energy for emergency lighting and data centre backup for its office.
This first installation of ZCell batteries for commercial premises allows Conservation SA to store energy collected from a 13 kilowatt hour (kWh) array of Tindo solar panels on the roof of its building, The Joinery, in central Adelaide. Earlier this week, Redflow announced its first ZCell deployment, a two-ZCell energy storage system installed at Alan Noble’s off-grid property in Willunga.
The Australian-developed ZCell is a unique 10 kWh zinc-bromine flow battery that ‘timeshifts’ solar power from day to night, stores off-peak power for peak demand periods and supports off-grid systems. As well as providing backup power for Conservation SA’s emergency lighting and first floor data centre, the ZCells will charge up the GoGet electric vehicle that is based at the site.
Sydney-based Tesla transport company Evoke plans to grow its fleet of luxury vehicles and expand interstate after technology investor Simon Hackett purchased a 10 per cent stake in the business.
Evoke began operation in May 2015 when the first Tesla Model S arrived in Australia, pitching itself as a zero emissions luxury chauffeur service. The privately-owned company deployed its fifth Model S in August with plans to add three Tesla Model X Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) by mid 2017.
Since it started, Evoke has made a significant environmental contribution, avoiding more than 110 tons of CO2 emissions and reducing the need for Australia to import more than 45,000 litres of petrol.
Simon Hackett, an avid Tesla enthusiast who met Evoke founder Pia Peterson through the Tesla community, uses Evoke’s service whenever he is in Sydney.
Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats, warns that organisations need more than just user awareness programs to cut the risk of social engineering and cyber fraud.
The Santa Clara-based cybersecurity company, which has a strong presence in Australia and New Zealand, said cyber theft was hitting both mid-size companies and enterprises hard.
One US tech company, Ubiquiti Networks, was recently swindled out of US$47 million while another Atlanta-based company was scammed out of US$1.8 million. The FBI has reported more than 12,000 victims of executive-level fraud globally with a loss of more than $2 billion during the past two years.
Intellectual property theft is another form of cybercrime, with a 2015 Reuters report stating that hackers steal US$160 billion worth of intellectual property each year. For example, Australian metal detector manufacturer Codan had its metal detector designs stolen in 2011 after an employee laptop was hacked through a vulnerable hotel Wi-Fi connection in China.
Australian battery company Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX) today announces that a residential energy system at an off-grid property in SA is the first completed customer deployment of its ZCell batteries.
Previously mains power was available in only one corner of the hilly 100-hectare Willunga property, owned by the family of Alan Noble, Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Noble said extending mains power further across the hilly terrain would be substantially more expensive and less flexible than the off-grid solution with two ZCell batteries, which can store 20 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy, powered by solar panels on the roof of a large implement shed.
The batteries, which were integrated with 24 Australian-made Tindo Solar panels and two Victron battery inverters by ZCell installer Off-Grid Energy Australia, continued working uninterrupted during the recent storm-caused power failure that blacked out the rest of South Australia.
Mr Noble said he had installed the ZCells to provide him with flexibility, safety and affordability. “We wanted the flexibility to build anywhere on the site without having overhead power lines,” he said.
“We believe these analyst recognitions, combined with our 96 per cent customer retention rate, underscore our commitment to our customers’ security and success,” said Tom Kemp, CEO and co-founder of Centrify. “This report comes on the heels of Centrify being named a leader in the Gartner June 2016 Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service, Worldwide.”
Gartner evaluated 18 vendors’ services on 11 critical capabilities and three common use cases: workforce to SaaS, business-to-consumer and traditional/legacy workforce. Centrify received the highest service score in the ‘Workforce to SaaS’ use case.