Redflow to supply batteries for Bureau of Meteorology’s emissions reduction and reliability project

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has selected Redflow as the energy storage solution supplier for its Renewable Hybrid Power Supply (RHPS) project. 

Redflow is set to provide 18 zinc-bromine flow batteries to BoM’s Yeoval, Hillston, and Brewarrina weather radar locations in regional New South Wales. The 180kWh of Redflow energy storage is part of the BoM’s hybrid solar, battery, and diesel solution to supply enhanced solar utilisation and backup power for extended operations of the sites in case of a power failure. 

Meanwhile, Redflow’s long-time integration partner, Seven20 Electrical, has been awarded the public tender to establish the full solution for the Bureau of Meteorology with preparations for deployment which is set to begin this August. 

“We are delighted to have been selected for this important project. Redflow batteries are designed for high cycle rate, in medium to long duration applications and with no risk of thermal runaway makes them the perfect solution for the BoM’s regional radar locations,” Redflow CEO and Managing Director Tim Harris said. 

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Harris said the batteries are ideally suited for extreme conditions with no degradation. Redflow’s unique hibernation mode enables the battery to be left at a 100 per cent state of charge for a month with the ability to restart quickly. 

Between five and eight ZBM2 batteries will be deployed per site, and they will be integrated and controlled via the Redflow Battery Management System, which will operate with Victron inverters. The batteries are set to be delivered in the coming weeks.

The RHPS will enhance the reliability of power at the three essential infrastructure facilities while reducing net emissions and ongoing power costs at the same time.