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Redflow CEO Tim HarrisRedflow CEO Tim HarrisAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited has received an order to supply five zinc-bromine flow batteries for a pilot project to provide standby energy storage for mobile phone towers in South Africa.

This order will see Redflow provide the project with batteries for five identified sites with the first batteries to be deployed in November. The project will see Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries provide energy storage for the mobile phone towers, operated by one of South Africa’s leading telcos. The towers will be owned by a local company, supported by the South African Government’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) affirmative action agenda.

The sale was made through Redflow’s long-term South African partner, Specialized Solar Systems (SSS), which has formed a joint venture company with specialist telco supplier Amber Energy. Called SSS Gauteng, the new company will deliver the energy storage and telecommunications skills to deploy the batteries on remote mobile phone towers.

Redflow has worked with SSS to enable its batteries to operate in Standby Power System (SPS) mode. In this newly created operating mode, Redflow batteries can be charged and then placed in a dormant state, with no self-discharge, until a power outage. When energy is required, the battery can boot up to full operational status in a similar timeframe to a standby generator – with no internal combustion engine and no fuel storage required on the site.

Redflow Managing Director and CEO Tim Harris said this sale created a significant opportunity for the company. “The Standby Power System, which Redflow has developed with our partners, will help open the door for access to other cellphone network operators in Africa and internationally,” he said.

Professor Marion MaddoxThe steady erosion of free, compulsory and secular education in Australia risks more than a century of gains in national integration warns a prominent researcher of religion and politics in this country.

The Federal Government’s recently-announced $4.6 billion funding package for Catholic and Independent schools will worsen “one of the most religiously and economically segregated systems in the western world,” Professor Marion Maddox of Macquarie University will say in a public lecture in Adelaide on Friday this week.

“When colonial governments began spending on education, they conceived a nation-building role for schools. They were a place for kids to learn to live together as one people. We really have lost that idea of education helping a whole community to grow up together.”

Professor Maddox, from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, will examine the achievements of Australia’s free, compulsory and secular education system in the 2018 Catherine Helen Spence Oration in Adelaide on Friday, October 26. “For reasons that have little to do with religious commitment, and more with politics, we have forgotten the secular values that motivated our system’s founders,” she proposes.

New Redflow board member David BrantAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has today strengthened its Board by recruiting David Brant, an experienced businessman with strategic manufacturing expertise.

Melbourne-based Mr Brant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) with more than two decades of manufacturing and corporate experience in Australia and countries in Asia.

Mr Brant’s background includes more than 20 years of senior management roles with Norgren, a manufacturer of automation equipment for a wide variety of industries. He then worked for Redflow as Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development from 2010-12 and ran his own start-up energy storage business Energy365 from 2014-17.

Ben ShepherdBen ShepherdAustralian energy storage company Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) has recruited experienced battery industry executive Ben Shepherd to accelerate sales of its unique zinc-bromine flow batteries.

Ben will join Redflow in the new position of Chief Commercial Officer from the CSIRO spinout battery company Ecoult where he was Head of Business Development and Product Management since 2016. His role will include establishing Redflow’s unique ZBM2 and ZCell batteries in target markets by building up and working alongside the company’s installer partner channel in Australia and internationally.

Ben, who holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Industrial Design and a Master’s degree in International Relations, will relocate from Sydney to Brisbane to join Redflow’s executive team. Prior to Ecoult, he spent 10 years in business development at Keycorp, which included launching a Keycorp office in the US and opening new geographies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Ben said he was excited to join Redflow during this time of renewal for the company. “I am passionate about energy storage and want to be wherever I can have the strongest impact,” he said.