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Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by Jake Richardson

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New Battery Management System From Redflow

June 3rd, 2016 by  


Australia-based battery-energy-storage company Redflow revealed a new system at the Australian Energy Storage Exhibition. The system has been created to make battery installation, monitoring, maintenance, and control simpler.

b42d801a-b1cf-44b0-8ea1-f63bdffae22fWith its new system, Redflow customers can track real-time battery performance and monitor data remotely. No software is required. All that is needed is an internet connection, a web browser, or a smartphone. “This BMS is a key part of our vision of providing efficient and effective battery energy storage systems for both homes and businesses. Our BMS is designed to act as a ‘Rosetta stone’ that uses various industry standard protocols to integrate our unique battery technology with energy management electronics from a wide variety of vendors,” said Redflow Executive Chairman Simon Hackett.

The Redflow system will be bundled with a Zcell residential product – a zinc-bromine flow battery with a 10 kilowatt-hour capacity. (On the Zcell site, the estimated cost of this battery including installation and an inverter is $17,500–19,000.)

Redflow also offers its own zinc-bromide battery systems, like the ZBM, which has an 8 kWh capacity. This battery solution Redflow says is best for supporting telecommunications.

Anyone who has been following the clean energy industry most likely knows that energy storage has been growing to meet demand and that it is a great complementary solution to the intermittency problem of renewables. Battery solution providers have been launching new products at an impressive pace and there have been some attractive options presented. Battery system management using monitoring and analytics is also attractive and adds a beneficial layer of data and awareness.

Of course, having the ability to monitor a battery system’s performance via a smartphone could be critically important for a home or business owner with solar power and energy storage. It would be more helpful to have as much information as possible for energy planning, especially if one aims to be energy independent. The short point is: battery management is evolving with the battery solutions.

Image Credit: Redflow


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