Redflow wins big energy storage contract in China

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Redflow CEO Tim Harris

Energy storage company Redflow has been contracted to supply a large-scale (100kwh) battery energy storage solution for a key smart grid project in China, sponsored by the China National Energy Bureau.

The project consists of a 66KW solar PV parking carport, 18 EV fast charging points, 1MWH energy storage system and smart energy management system.

The energy storage system will allow the Haidong Transportation Group to charge its electric vehicles with renewable energy and energy at the lowest price from the grid, and analyse various energy storage technologies. China’s leading battery technology company ZbestPower is managing the entire project.

The Redflow energy storage solution, containing 10 of its ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries, will be provided for an initial six-month deployment, which is expected to commence in early June 2019. 

Redflow CEO Tim Harris said the project is a key springboard to develop further projects in China.

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“Energy storage in China is a large strategic market opportunity for Redflow,” Mr Harris said.

“The China Energy Storage Alliance has forecast China’s total electrochemical storage capacity will reach nearly 20GW by 2023.

“With China transitioning to greater use of renewable energy, the China National Development and Reform Commission has called for greater investment in flow batteries that is leading to a surge in projects focused on flow battery solutions.”

ZbestPower CEO Luke Lu said the collaboration with Redflow would deepen his company’s understanding of the potential for ZBM2 batteries in China.

“Flow battery technology has been identified as a vital part of China’s energy storage future,” he said.

The Redflow deployment will be part of the Haidong Transportation Group’s Smart Grid Project in Qinghai Province, which is recognised as a key market in China’s shift to a low carbon renewable energy future.

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