Redflow Limited, a publicly-listed Australian company (ASX: RFX), produces small 10kWh zinc-bromine flow batteries that tolerate daily hard work in harsh conditions. Marketed as ZCell and ZBM2, Redflow batteries are designed for high cycle-rate, long time-base stationary energy storage applications in the residential, commercial & industrial and telecommunications sectors, and are scalable from a single battery installation through to grid-scale deployments. Redflow batteries are sold, installed and maintained by an international network of energy system integrators. Redflow’s smart, self-protecting batteries offer unique advantages including secure remote management, 100 per cent daily depth of discharge, tolerance of high ambient temperatures, a simple recycling path, no propensity for thermal runaway and sustained energy delivery throughout their operating life.
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.
Australian battery company Redflow Limited has today announced it has established a company in Thailand to manage production of its zinc-bromine flow batteries in South East Asia.
In May, the ASX-listed company (ASX:RFX) announced its decision to move its battery manufacturing from North America to South East Asia, to be closer to its most lucrative markets, in Australia, Oceania and southern Africa, and to reduce production costs.
In a statement to the ASX this morning, Redflow reported that it has established Redflow (Thailand) Limited, which is negotiating a lease on premises in a Thai free trade zone. It is also seeking Thai licensing and regulatory approvals.
As well as its location, close to Redflow’s supply chain and marketplaces, Thailand offers good manufacturing expertise, competitive logistics, an attractive labour cost and effective tax treatment for international manufacturers within its free trade zone structure.
Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said the final North American production batch of ZBM2 batteries was now in transit to Australia. “I’m pleased to report that our stack manufacturing equipment from North America has arrived in Thailand ahead of schedule,” he said.