Australian loudspeaker innovator VAF Research will unveil its first new loudspeaker in three years, the high-performance ultra-compact VAF EVO1, at Melbourne’s International HiFi Show this week.
On the VAF’s 112.5-square-metre stand, the tiny speakers will take up only a small space, but deliver a huge sound from two separate drivers that require no subwoofer to produce strong bass performance. This makes a pair of VAF EVO1s ideal for inner-city lifestyles where consumers refuse to compromise their home music and movie sound experience due to limited apartment space.
A pair of the VAF EVO1 speakers, which measure 366mm high, 220mm wide and 336mm deep, starts at $2999. As well as your choice of timber finishes, the speakers offer a stylish optional finish of vee-shaped blond wood inset into dark wood. The EVO1 is part of VAF’s flagship Signature Series.
VAF Research, maintaining its nearly four decades of HiFi innovation, will have the first pair of limited edition VAF EVO1 speakers on display at the International HiFi Show, which runs at the Pullman Mercure Hotel, in Albert Park, from July 1-3. The VAF stand will contain the full VAF range of speakers and supporting audio equipment, with represented brands including Anthem, Densen and Chord, plus compelling show specials.
The VAF team for the International HiFi Show includes the company’s founder, Philip Vafiadis, who will demonstrate its flagship Signature speakers and General Manager, Simon Wilde, who designed the new VAF EVO1.
After extensive testing, battery company Redflow Limited and energy storage management provider Redback Technologies have announced the compatibility of their technologies to bring a new, efficient energy solution to Australian homes.
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 and Redback have been able to fully integrate the ZCell battery with Redback’s Smart Hybrid Solar Inverter System, which manages energy supplies from the grid, PV solar panels and a battery. ZCell, together with the Redback inverter, will enable household and commercial users to achieve greater savings by self-consuming more of their on-site generated power.
The retail price for installed energy systems is set by each retail system integrator. Redflow’s previously provided estimated pricing for such systems remains consistent with the Redback inverter.
A smart technology team in Brisbane that has designed a range of successful telecommunications products for US corporation Accelerated Concepts Inc. is now stepping out of its parent’s shadow
Established 10 years ago, Accelerated is an innovator in global cellular, cloud and network communications with industry-leading hardware and software solutions that expand primary and failover data connectivity and management capabilities.
A little known fact is that for years, key product development initiatives for Accelerated in the US have come from its Australian subsidiary, a nine-person office based in the Brisbane suburb of Rocklea.
During the past year, under the leadership of Managing Director Matt Ramsay, the Australian operation has established itself as Accelerated Concepts Pty Ltd, registered for Australia Research and Development incentives and started developing a reseller channel in Australia and New Zealand. “My goal is start paying tax in Australia by growing the company from a cost centre to a profit centre for Accelerated,” said Matt. “There are plenty of opportunities in Australia, but our US parent has had its hands full handling growth in North America for the past few years. My role is to focus on developing our markets in Australia and New Zealand.”
Redflow Executive Chairman Simon Hackett has called on state governments to offer home battery storage incentives to encourage consumers to ‘trade in’ their generous solar Feed-In Tariffs (FITs).
Speaking recently at an industry conference, Mr. Hackett said the solar Feed-In Tariffs had already achieved their goal of kickstarting solar panel adoption in Australia. “Australia is among the world leaders in its per capita deployment of PV solar panels,” he said.
“From a public policy point of view, continuing to pay solar Feed-In Tariffs beyond this point represents a substantial forward liability that does not deliver improved public good outcomes. However, state governments are clearly sensitive to the political risk of simply cancelling these long-running tariff schemes, some of which hold liabilities to as far as 2028.
“However Governments have an attractive way out of that problem, which serves both a public policy and industry development agenda while removing these long term liabilities from the public purse. This involves inviting consumers to voluntarily trade in the residual life of their FIT for funding to buy a home battery energy storage system. This would have the dual benefit of eliminating a long-term liability for governments while kickstarting a home energy storage industry in Australia.
Australian battery technology pioneer Nano-Nouvelle has developed world-leading nanotechnology that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium ion batteries by as much as 50 per cent.
Nano-Nouvelle has produced a three-dimensional nano-porous conductive membrane that can substantially increase the energy storage capacity and charging speed of lithium ion batteries, which are used to power devices from mobile phones to electric cars.
The Queensland-based company is currently working with major battery manufacturers in Japan, Korea, China, Europe, the US and Israel, to integrate its NanodeTM technology with their manufacturing processes and cell designs. Headed by CEO Stephanie Moroz, the Nano-Nouvelle team comprises top scientists and engineers from six nationalities, collaborating at its Sunshine Coast facilities. Using a platform technology developed since 2008, Nano-Nouvelle turned its focus to battery applications in 2011, focusing on lithium ion batteries from 2014.