Redflow clinches major grid project with Horizon Power for remote communities in WA

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Redflow Limited, a provider of clean energy storage solutions, has been awarded a significant contract by Horizon Power to supply and install a 100 kW / 400 kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to support remote community grid networks in regional Western Australia.

This groundbreaking project, located at Nullagine in the Pilbara region, marks Redflow’s entry into remote grid support, with their zinc-bromine flow batteries selected for their safety, scalability, and environmental sustainability, the ASX-listed company said in a media release.

The initiative, funded by ARENA under the Regional Australia Microgrids Pilot Program and supported by the Western Australian State Government, aims to assess Redflow’s technology’s performance in extreme temperatures while advancing Horizon Power’s decarbonisation efforts.

Redflow will deploy two Pod 200 units along with power conditioning equipment and control systems, partnering with a Western Australian EPC service provider for construction and commissioning.

Pending customary procurement agreements and final technical approvals, deployment is anticipated by late 2024.

Tim Harris, CEO and managing director of Redflow, expressed enthusiasm for contributing to Horizon Power’s transition to net-zero emissions.

He emphasised, “As Australia moves towards its net zero goals, it is vital that the utility networks gain experience with the operation of long-duration energy storage (LDES). Local utilities are developing strategies to determine how they can achieve their net zero targets given their enormous energy storage needs.”

“This project with Horizon Power represents Redflow’s second project with an Australian utility providing LDES technology,” Harris added.

Horizon Power’s CEO Stephanie Unwin hailed the trials as groundbreaking, underscoring their significance in supporting national and state carbon reduction targets while enhancing renewable energy accessibility for regional and remote customers.

“Our Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES) trials will provide our project team with key learnings around how the technology can be effectively integrated into our network and test their temperature resilience in regions with extreme weather conditions,” she noted.

Unwin further pointed out, “Our latest trials will continue our exploration of LDES technologies which are suitable for withstanding the extreme temperatures of our regions, providing valuable insights which will support with future deployment of the batteries in our regions.”

David Edwards, Horizon Power’s Future Technology and Innovation Manager, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to delivering reliable power while aligning with the Western Australian Government’s emissions reduction goals.

Edwards highlighted the importance of collaborating with Redflow and other energy storage providers to ensure the network’s reliability amidst increasing renewable power generation.