It's very interesting to see the different technologies that are competing in the energy storage space in the telecoms market. A market traditionally dominated by lead acid batteries is set to change. Redflow's zinc-bromine flow batteries look like they could have a distinct advantage over lead acid, especially in warmer climates such as in South East Asia. Being able to operate at much higher temperatures and being capable of 100% depth of discharge over the battery's lifeapan is setting this technology apart.
I'm looking forward to seeing how Redflow gets on in it's trials. The telecoms sector is a huge one for energy storage as there are plenty of emerging markets around the world who have jumped straight to a cellular network requiring backup power. This is also an important market for our client Fluidic Energy with their range of metal-air batteries. It will be very interesting to see which other battery technologies will also have success in this market.
Redflow is garnering interest in its zinc-bromine flow batteries from telecommunication companies and other businesses throughout Southeast Asia. Companies in several countries are currently evaluating the Redflow ZBM2 battery’s ability to provide backup power to remotely located telecommunication towers, according to the battery maker. Redflow sees Southeast Asian telecom towers as a huge potential market. Many nations in the region have jumped straight to cellular network-based phone and internet services because they lack the copper-based communication networks that exist in more mature economies. As an example, Indonesia alone has around 85,000 towers. Although the vast majority are connected to the grid, their electricity supply is far from reliable so many require a battery backup.