South Africa’s largest manufacturer of printed circuits has beaten frequent power outages and cut its energy costs by deploying Australian-designed Redflow zinc-bromine flow batteries.
Unreliable mains power supplies meant Johannesburg-based Bosco Printed Circuits often had its production line stopped in mid-shift by power cuts, which could occur as often as twice a week. These stoppages each cost as much as 10,000 rand (A$1000) in wasted materials as well as disrupting Bosco’s tight delivery schedule to its many customers in the mining, security and industrial electronics sectors.
Bosco solved these power cut problems by installing 14 ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries, from Brisbane-based Redflow Limited, which now keep its production line running through power cuts.
Bosco Printed Circuits Director Mr Philip Verheul said the Redflow batteries had eliminated production losses. “In our process, we have electroplating lines in which we plate copper in holes, so if there’s a power failure during the process. everything in the line is basically scrapped,” he said. “It could cost as much as 10,000 rand per power failure. What was more of an issue was that we lost our delivery time, which created inconvenience and concern for our customers, who depend on us.”
Redflow Limited has repeated its largest ever sale of ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries, after receiving a second international order worth about US$600,000 (A$750,000).Australian battery company
Auckland-based Hi-Tech Solutions placed this latest order for a major, multiple stage project which is using Redflow's ZBM2 batteries to build advanced hybrid energy storage systems that will deliver reliable power to multiple remote sites in a Pacific Island nation.
Hi-Tech specialises in providing telecommunications and infrastructure services for clients in New Zealand and internationally.
Redflow has completed delivery of all batteries to fulfil Hi-Tech's first order, announced in May.
Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said this repeat large sale validated the appeal of ZBM2 batteries to replace lead-acid batteries for network power applications in demanding and remote environments. "We are delighted that Hitech has again chosen Redflow batteries," he said.
UltraServe has continued its global expansion by launching a London office to deliver its managed e-commerce services in Britain and Europe.Australian commerce specialist
Driven by demand from clients seeking to strengthen their e-commerce offerings in the region, the new office, located at Eastbourne Terrace opposite Paddington Station, already has local staff.
London is UltraServe’s second offshore office, after Chicago, which continues to grow rapidly with staff numbers passing the double-digit mark during the past year. UltraServe also has offices in Sydney, at Pyrmont and in the Central Coast suburb of Erina.
UltraServe, a private company whose owners include founder Samuel Yeats and technology investor Simon Hackett, is a specialist provider of e-commerce services in the cloud.
UltraServe CEO Matthew Hyland said he expected the UK office to grow like the US office. “Based on demand, I expect we will grow staff numbers rapidly within the next 12 months,” he said. “London is a great place for our second international office. This location is a good hub that allows us to serve the whole of the European market. The UK itself represents a large market opportunity and, importantly, it’s where many of our partners are based.”