March 9, 2023: Australian flow battery maker Redflow said on February 27 it would step up its collaboration with partners toward developing new commercial projects in the state of Queensland.
The company has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Energex and Ergon, part of the state-owned electricity distribution body Energy Queensland (EQL), in assessing how Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow battery technology can support grid requirements.
Under the MOU Redflow and EQL, which delivers electricity across Queensland to some 2.3 million customers, have agreed to share information and resources and specific site operational data and analysis to support the evaluation of Redflow’s technology.
Redflow CEO Tim Harris said significant amounts of stationary energy storage would be required to meet the Queensland government’s plans for renewable energy to provide 70% of state power needs by 2032.
“Based on the Battery Industry Opportunities for Queensland discussion paper, recently published by the government, potential energy storage demand in Queensland could reach up to 14GWh by 2030,” he said.
Harris said Redflow’s technology can provide the medium to long duration storage to support an expansion of renewables.
EQL general manager for engineering Peter Price said: “We have taken time to understand Redflow’s solution and capabilities and believe it has the potential to be a great complement to lithium-based systems for Queensland’s conditions.”