Empower Energies and Redflow collaborate for deploying solar+flow battery solutions in North America
Empower Energies and Australian company Redflow have announced that they have signed a Letter of Intent to develop integrated solar and flow battery solutions for the North American commercial and industrial (C&I), remote community microgrid, and utility markets.
The integrated solar and Redflow energy storage solution architecture was developed through the companies' joint engagement with a Fortune 100 company that is interested in deploying solar and flow battery storage projects at some of its commercial campuses.
Empower Energies' CEO Michael Belko and CSO Patrick Corr believe the partnership can provide a truly differentiated solution for this Fortune 100 client and other North American C&I customers.
"Our new offering could be of great interest to customers seeking robust Energy Storage Solutions (ESS), but that requires an alternative to lithium-ion," said Belko.
"We've found that our integrated solar and flow battery solution is of particular interest to certain C&I customers looking for an alternative ESS solution for load shifting, peak shaving, or ancillary services on their corporate campuses to reduce energy costs and meet their ESG goals," said Corr.
Redflow's President of North America and Chief Commercial Officer Mark Higgins believes that this co-developed solution will present a new, safer alternative to traditional solutions.
"The integrated solution we've developed in partnership with Empower Energies represents a unique, innovative, and stress-tested alternative to the status quo solar and lithium-ion solution," said Higgins
"Our integrated offering provides a safer, rugged, more sustainable, and cost competitive alternative to lithium-ion batteries + solar, and our batteries don't materially degrade over their useful life, unlike lithium-ion," he said.
"The uniquely safe zinc-bromine chemistry has no risk of thermal runaway, making our solution better to deploy in urban and suburban environments where safety is paramount. Also, our hibernation mode enables our batteries to be used for backup power and resilience deployments more cost-effectively than lithium."