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Tech & Science Wildcatter Podcast: What are flow batteries? And why are they vital to the renewable energy ecosystem?

11:20  25 november  2019
11:20  25 november  2019 Source:   stockhead.com.au

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Renewable energy sources are sources of energy that is constantly replenished through natural processes. Fossil fuels, like oil and coal, produce energy when they are burned, but their supply is limited because they don’t naturally replenish on a short enough timescale for humans to use.

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Stock analysis veteran and lover of the oil and gas game, Peter Strachan, is putting aside the Bloomberg terminal and picking up the microphone for another instalment of The Wildcatter Podcast.

In this latest episode, Peter interviews Redflow Limited (ASX:RFX) managing director and CEO Tim Harris.

Redflow is an Australian grown and owned technology leader in the area of battery power storage with a market capitalisation of about $46m.

Its zinc bromine flow battery technology is ideally suited for stationary power storage applications that shift energy availability from intermittent generation sources such as wind and solar photo-voltaic, enabling that power to be used at night, or when the wind is not blowing.

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Energy flows through an ecosystem in one direction, which is called the food chain. It's like a pyramid. At the bottom are producers. In an ecosystem the energy flow depends on the 10% law.That is when energy is being transferred from producers to consumers and from consumers to herbivores

Why isn’t it? While not a source of energy itself, energy storage technology is a critical component for creating a low-carbon electricity system . Renewable energy isn’t just limited to the sun or wind. Geothermal plants gather heat from the earth to generate steam and produce electricity.

The company has identified off-grid and micro-grid applications, including the supply of power to remote telecommunications facilities and remote communities, where traditional back-up generation can also play a part.

Redflow’s product has a long working life and can be cycled continuously, coming with a 3,650 full cycle warranty, which far outstrips its peers in the battery storage industry.

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