21st July 2024

The California Power Fee (CEC) has granted funding and approval for Redflow’s scalable circulation batteries to be utilized in a large-scale photo voltaic+storage undertaking that may present energy for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in Northern California.

The 20 MWh system can be one of many largest zinc-based battery initiatives on the earth and the most important single sale and deployment of batteries globally to this point for Redflow, a clear vitality storage firm based mostly in Australia.

With this new undertaking, Redflow joins a small variety of commercially confirmed non-lithium storage suppliers that the CEC is funding, because it compiles a sturdy portfolio of long-duration vitality storage initiatives. The initiatives signify a key step to assist handle an estimated 45-55 GW of long-duration vitality storage required in California by 2045 to assist grid reliability and the state’s clear vitality transition targets.

The undertaking can be funded by the CEC’s $140 million long-duration vitality storage grant program targeted on enabling commercially confirmed non-lithium vitality storage applied sciences to scale. This follows the two MWh system in California that Redflow put in for Anaergia in 2022 that has been efficiently working for greater than a yr.

“This 20 MWh undertaking is one in every of a number of large-scale alternatives in our pipeline and represents the subsequent part of our development technique, validating our deal with large-scale programs within the U.S. and Australia,” says Tim Harris, Redflow CEO and managing director. “For this undertaking, Redflow’s battery system is designed to cost from photo voltaic and discharge all through the rest of the day, decreasing grid demand and boosting vitality safety.”

CEC-funded long-duration vitality storage initiatives have typically been deployed to learn underserved communities whereas serving to the state handle grid stability and resiliency in excessive climate situations.

This photo voltaic+storage microgrid will allow the Paskenta Tribe to energy operations of the Paskenta Rancheria (its small reservation) utilizing a sustainable, resilient renewable vitality answer. The undertaking is a part of the Tribe’s efforts to attain higher vitality sovereignty by means of management over their very own vitality sources, scale back fossil gasoline consumption and assert accountable land stewardship. Faraday Microgrids, a California developer and contractor that has deployed plenty of CEC grant-funded microgrid initiatives, is the grant recipient and undertaking lead.

Redflow will provide 2,000 ZBM3 batteries in its 200 kWh modular vitality pods for supply in 2023 and 2024. Redflow’s zinc-bromine circulation expertise is able to offering as much as 12 hours of versatile vitality capability for each business and utility-scale vitality storage purposes. 

The general undertaking and price range allotted to Redflow has been formally permitted by the California Power Fee. Faraday Microgrids has signed a definitive provide settlement with Redflow protecting battery provide and technical assist for the undertaking. Faraday Microgrids expects undertaking agreements to be formalized and a discover to begin issued to Redflow in July 2023.

Picture courtesy of Redflow

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