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Hemaraj Land and Development Public Co Ltd CEO and President David Nadone (left) }
shaking hands with Redflow CEO Richard Aird
Australian battery company Redflow Limited has started installing battery production equipment at its new factory in Thailand, putting it on track to commence initial operation by the end of this year.

Through its Thai subsidiary, Redflow has signed a three-year lease on the 1500-square-metre building at the Hemaraj Chonburi Industrial Estate, part of the IEAT free trade zone, 110km southeast of Bangkok and 25km from the Laem Chabang deep sea container port.

Redflow CEO Richard Aird recently visited Thailand to finalise the lease agreement with David Nadone, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hemaraj Land and Development Public Co Ltd, a subsidiary of WHA Corporation.

Dean Calvert (left) with Bobby CollierAustralian small business IT specialist Calvert Technologies has expanded its capacity, especially in the real estate industry, after acquiring the assets of Adelaide-based technology company Vivid IT.

Set up in 2013, Vivid IT had a customer base throughout Adelaide, from bricks-and-mortar retailers to several real estate agencies. Calvert has also recruited Vivid IT founder Bobby Collier as an account manager. As well as running his own company, Bobby’s technology experience includes positions in the defence industry with Raytheon and the Australian Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.

Calvert Technologies is an Adelaide-based Microsoft solutions company that services small business, corporate and government customers throughout Australia. With a headcount of 12, Calvert has clients including Group Training NT in Darwin, the Challenger Gold Mine, Adelaide Expo Hire, Mykra and LCS Landscapes.

Calvert Technologies founder and managing director Dean Calvert said Vivid IT was a “great cultural fit” with his company. “Vivid IT was a smaller version of our company, providing managed services and core products such as Office 365 and security, so there’s a great alignment,” he said.

“We decided to bring these two businesses together because collectively we can deliver better services to customers than we could separately. Bobby has an intimate product knowledge from his time on the tools with Vivid IT, plus a first-hand understanding of what makes businesses tick, so he’s passionate about delivering solutions to real-world business problems.

Two ZCell zinc-bromine flow batteries installed at Adrian Shand's Glenlyon cottageVictorian sound engineer Adrian Shand is using renewable energy to power his rural stone cottage after installing two ZCell batteries from Australian company Redflow Limited.

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.

Hugh MackayRenowned Australian social researcher Hugh Mackay will visit Adelaide next week for a church-organised public address at which he will ask why so many people disdain organised religion.

“What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?” asks Mackay in his latest book Beyond Belief. “Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in 10 Australians attend church weekly.”

In a major public lecture to kick off the 2017 Conference of the Australia New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association on Friday, October 20, Mackay will draw on research for his latest book to explore this discrepancy, which he describes as “one of the great unexamined topics of our time”.

Mackay argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever. After the October 20 lecture at the Norwood Town Hall, Hugh Mackay will be available to sign copies of his books.