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Redflow Global Sales Director Andrew KempsterRedflow Global Sales Director Andrew KempsterMossel Bay Municipality in the Southern Cape province of South Africa has eliminated the carbon footprint of its Technical Services Department buildings by deploying ZBM2 batteries from Redflow.

Installed in late 2016, the four 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh) zinc-bromine flow batteries have enabled the ageing offices to become net exporters of electricity to the power grid through the intelligent storage of energy harvested from 114 rooftop photovoltaic solar panels.

Mossel Bay Municipality Electricity and Mechanical Department Senior Manager Charles Geldenhuys said the Redflow energy storage system had exceeded expectations. “We are using more energy now than before the system was implemented,” he said.

Redflow CEO Richard AirdRedflow CEO Richard AirdAustralian battery company Redflow Limited has achieved a second manufacturing milestone by successfully producing the first battery electrode stacks from its new factory in Thailand.

The battery stack is a critical part of the Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow battery, containing electrodes that charge and discharge the battery by “plating” and “deplating” zinc on a membrane - a process that can sustain 10 kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity throughout the battery’s operating life. Redflow produced its first battery components from the factory last month.

ASX-listed Redflow (ASX: RFX) reports that the factory has set up and qualified its battery stack machines and processes, optimising them for Thai environmental conditions.

Redflow Limited Managing Director and CEO Richard Aird said assembly of the battery stacks in Thailand had gone according to plan. “The manufacturing team is very happy with the consistent quality and acceptable yield metrics of the stack line,” he said.

New Redflow non-executive director Jenny MacdonaldNew Redflow non-executive director Jenny MacdonaldAustralian battery company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has recruited senior financial executive and director Jenny Macdonald to its board as it prepares to start production in Thailand.

Sydney-based Ms Macdonald has extensive experience working for ASX-listed and global companies at the CFO and general management level. She is on the board and audit committee of API, the parent company of Priceline Pharmacy, Soul Pattinson Chemist and Pharmacist Advice. Previous roles include non-executive director for hipages and Fitted for Work; CFO and interim CEO at Helloworld Limited; and CFO and General Manager International with REA Group.

Earlier this year, the Redflow board appointed former Santos Managing Director and CEO David Knox as a non-executive director and experienced public company director and former Qantas general counsel Brett Johnson as its independent non-executive chairman.

Brett Johnson said recruiting Jenny Macdonald demonstrated the company’s commitment to continued board renewal. “Jenny brings a proven track record in formulating and implementing strategy and maximising the operational efficiency of a company,” he said.

NPS founder David MalcolmNPS founder David MalcolmMelbourne-based NPS (Network Professional Services) has discovered an upside to NBN rollout delays by using the Aussie-designed failover routers to solve the problem of delayed connections.

NPS has this month received the Accelerated Concepts Australian Partner of the Year Award 2017 for exemplary growth and market penetration of the Australian market.

Accelerated routers, which provide Internet access via 4G cellular data networks when primary broadband links fail, are designed by Brisbane-based Accelerated Concepts Ltd, but until the past year, were available only internationally through US-based Accelerated Concepts Inc.

Since 2016, NPS, as Accelerated’s Master Reseller in Australia, has both sold and supported the range of routers and built a national retail distribution network for the devices. Accelerated has a broad range of industrial-strength 4G-capable routers from $499 at https://www.acau.com.au/.

Accelerated Concepts Pty Ltd managing director Matt Ramsay said NPS had proved itself an exemplary partner in raising the brand’s national profile. “NPS founder David Malcolm is a passionate advocate for our products who has established Accelerated as a credible local brand,” he said.