Thursday, April 18, 2024

Redflow to supply 20 MWh flow battery system for a Californian project

Redflow Limited has received funding and approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a large-scale solar and storage project that will provide power to the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. The project will promote Redflow’s safe, scalable, and sustainable flow batteries

The 20 MWh system will be one of the largest zinc-based battery projects in the world. It represents Redflow’s largest single sale and deployment of batteries to date.

By securing funding from the CEC’s long-duration energy storage grant program for this new 20 MWh project, Redflow joins a small number of commercially proven non-lithium storage providers supporting California’s goal of addressing 45-55 GW of long-duration energy storage needs by 2045. The project will help enhance grid reliability and advance the state’s clean energy transition targets.

Redflow’s battery system will charge from solar energy and discharge throughout the day, reducing grid demand and increasing the energy security of the Paskenta Rancheria. The project aligns with California’s focus on non-lithium technologies and the state’s net-zero goals.

The solar and storage microgrid will enable the Paskenta Tribe to achieve greater energy sovereignty, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and practice responsible land stewardship. Faraday Microgrids, the grant recipient and project lead, will work in collaboration with Redflow to deliver the zinc-bromine flow battery technology.

Redflow will supply 2,000 ZBM3 batteries in its 200 kWh modular energy pods for the project. Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow technology is capable of providing up to 12 hours of flexible energy capacity for both commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications. This project further strengthens Redflow’s portfolio of over 250 active deployments and 3 GWh of energy delivered.

The collaboration between Redflow and Faraday Microgrids supports the sustainability, reliability, and energy self-sufficiency goals of both California and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. It is viewed as an essential step in California’s clean energy transition and will contribute to expanding and diversifying the state’s energy storage portfolio while reducing reliance on fossil fuels and enhancing grid reliability and resilience.