Adrian and his partner, who live at Glenlyon in central Victoria, have used their ZCell batteries to maintain a “city lifestyle” in the country, without having to “calorie count” their daily energy use.
The self-declared “tree changer” couple, who own energy efficient appliances and insulated the cottage's roof, have plenty of solar-generated energy to power their home, including multiple computers and professional musical amplifiers that Adrian requires for his sound engineering work.
Although the cottage had existing photovoltaic solar panels and a lead-acid battery when they moved in, Adrian and his partner decided to upgrade both the solar panels and the battery to make the property truly grid-independent without heavy use of a diesel backup generator. Redflow’s 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh) zinc-bromine flow batteries, which the solar panels can fully charge in just four hours on a sunny day, deliver clean power that does not interfere with Adrian’s elaborate musical equipment.
Adrian said the energy storage system had cost $56,000 – about one quarter of the $200,000 cost of connecting mains power to the property. “It means we never receive another power bill,” he said.
Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, has released research which reveals that nearly 70 per cent of Australian IT professionals lack confidence in the ability of their organisations to prevent, detect and resolve data breaches.
As concerns grow globally about a cybersecurity skills shortage, Centrify-commissioned Ponemon research from Australia, the US, the UK and Germany, shows that 68 per cent of surveyed Australian IT professionals report they do not believe their companies have a high level of ability to prevent breaches.
The study reveals that 40 per cent of Australian IT practitioners report their organisation had suffered a data breach involving sensitive customer or business information in the past two years. That translates to a serious breach exposing extensive confidential data in two in every five organisations.
A recent report by the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network predicts that Australia will need an extra 11,000 cybersecurity employees to keep pace with increasing threats. While this warning aligns with growing concern about a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals, most of those surveyed in Australia (62 per cent) admit they fear losing their jobs if a data breach does occur.
Centrify Senior Director APAC Sales Niall King, who is responsible for Australia and New Zealand, said every type of organisation needed qualified cybersecurity staff with the skills and experience to mitigate against growing threats. “With a shortage of candidates, cybersecurity technology must take up the slack,” he said.
Australian battery company Redflow Limited (Redflow) today announces leadership changes, including a new Managing Director and CEO and an Independent Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately, as it prepares to commence manufacturing in Thailand and grow battery sales during the next 12 months.
Appointment of Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director
Redflow’s largest shareholder Simon Hackett - who became acting CEO 12 months ago – has stepped aside from his executive role after completing a year-long mission to refocus, redirect and recapitalise the business. Simon will continue as a non-executive director with special oversight for technology-related matters.
The Redflow Board has promoted Chief Operating Officer, Richard Aird, as CEO to accelerate the company’s new strategic direction announced in May. With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial development and operations, Richard has a thorough understanding of Redflow and its technology from holding various roles with the company since 2009. He has the skills and expertise needed to drive the company as it starts manufacturing batteries in Thailand and implements cost downs in battery production. Discussions regarding terms of engagement to reflect Richard’s new role are well advanced and will be disclosed in accordance with the listing rules when finalised.