Sonnen joins crowded Oz market

The residential Australian energy storage market continues to hot up, as Sonnen, Enphase Energy and LG Chem all make announcements. Photo: sonnenBatterie, the Sonnen battery system

The residential Australian energy storage market is hotting up, with announcements from Sonnen, Enphase Energy and LG Chem. Photo: sonnenBatterie, the Sonnen battery system

By Jason Deign

German storage player Sonnen today became the latest major player to join the race for supremacy in Australia’s increasingly crowded residential energy storage market.

The company is looking to attract Australians to its sonnenBatterie product, which is a modular lithium-ion battery system capable of storing between 2kWh and 16kWh per household.

“Our first partner is True Value Solar, Australia’s largest solar company,” confirmed Mathias Bloch, Sonnen spokesman.

The company threw its hat into the Australian ring in the week after LG Chem and Enphase Energy both unveiled news of growing demand for storage products across the country.

LG Chem said it expected to see a five-fold increase in Australian shipments this year, to 3,000 units, and Enphase Energy was reported to be looking to Australia and New Zealand for the bulk of up to USD$20m in sales.

US microinverter maker Enphase expects to ship around 4,000 storage systems this year and said it will start generating revenues across the antipodes by the second half of 2016.
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ICL bets on bromine for energy storage

Israel Chemicals Ltd. is investing in zinc bromide flow battery technology from companies like Primus Power and Redflow in a bid to grow the energy storage bromine market. Photo credit: ICL

Israel Chemicals Ltd is investing in zinc bromide flow battery technology from companies like Primus Power and Redflow in a bid to grow the energy storage bromine market. Photo: ICL

By Jason Deign

The manufacturing giant Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL) is looking to support flow battery vendors in order to extend the market for bromine supplies.

The support will be in the form of energy storage deployments alongside ICL’s manufacturing centres and improvements to bromine compounds used by flow battery makers, said Charles Weidhas, CEO of ICL Industrial Products.

ICL is not considering flow battery company acquisitions at present, he told Energy Storage Report. “We are now talking to battery companies to see what we can do to support larger-scale applications,” Weidhas said.

“The thing that’s attractive for us is that we’re in the bromine business, and looking for ways to grow bromine. All analysts are optimistic that more and more batteries are going to be used.”

Last month ICL announced that it had installed a Primus Power EnergyCell zinc bromide-based flow battery at a manufacturing site in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA, dedicated to the production of fire retardants.
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Energy storage news: 04.06.14

RedFlow is collaborating with Schneider Electric to develop its zinc-bromide flow battery energy storage systems.

RedFlow is collaborating with Schneider Electric to develop its zinc-bromide flow battery energy storage systems. Photo credit: RedFlow

Energy storage news making the headlines on our Twitter feed this week.

  • The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has released a report assessing smart grids in Europe, which covers over 450 projects and an investment of €3.15bn.

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Flow batteries for Asian telcos

Zinc-bromide flow battery manufacturer RedFlow has scored a battery supply agreement with Emerson Network Power Australia to develop a flow battery storage solution for off-grid and micro-grid markets in the Asia Pacific Region, reports ProactiveInvestors.

According to a company spokesperson, a key advantage of the products is their plastic build, which makes them ideal for harsh and remote locations.

RedFlow unveils Zn-Br storage system

Developer RedFlow has unveiled a new renewable energy battery storage system that comprises 24 zinc-bromine batteries housed in a 20-foot shipping container. The M90 has a 90 kilowatt power output with 240 kilowatt-hours of capacity.

The company has 65 zinc-bromine battery systems installed across Australia and internationally, and this latest edition has found a home at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, where it is connected to a solar photovoltaic array.