RedEarth Energy Storage Installs Vault battery System at QUT’s National Battery Testing Centre

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RedEarth Energy Storage (RedEarth) has provided its latest lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery system, Vault, to the National Battery Testing Centre (NBTC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to be tested for performance and reliability.

The validation testing to be performed on the Vault system at NBTC will provide valuable data to both RedEarth and the NBTC regarding the operation and reliability of complete LFP energy storage solutions targeted at residential solar-support applications.

The Vault battery system is the latest in a series of battery solutions launched by RedEarth. Comprising Clean Energy Council (CEC)-approved modular Troppo batteries, the Vault is an ideal replacement for traditional lead acid battery systems in on-grid and off-grid applications for businesses and residences, and is configurable to different storage capacities.

The unit at the NBTC contains eight of RedEarth’s own Troppo-4841 4.1kWh batteries, giving the system a capacity of 33kWh. The Troppo battery was the first Australian-made battery to be listed by the CEC, and fully conforms to the Best Practice Guide for Battery Safety.

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RedEarth is a proud supporter of the NBTC and currently works with the Centre for testing of its battery cells and modules. The installation of the Vault battery system is part of RedEarth’s commitment as a member of the Future Battery Industries (FBI) Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) to establish an Australian-based battery supply chain.

Jeremy Whaley, Head of Engineering at RedEarth said, “RedEarth is committed to ensuring that all its products are of the highest quality. We are delighted to both support the work of the FBI CRC and get our system independently tested at the National Battery Testing Centre by QUT experts.

This will enable us to guarantee the long performance of our batteries and help us evaluate new designs and battery technologies. We are also pleased to support the work of the FBI CRC and National Battery Testing Centre by providing technical expertise, industry experience, and specialist batteries for their battery testing micro-grid.”

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The National Battery Testing Centre is one of the Future Battery Industries CRC’s flagship projects awarded to and operating at QUT. The Centre is building on existing expertise in battery technology at QUT to develop a world-class battery testing centre to service, support, and enable current and emerging Australian battery energy storage industries.

Dr Joshua Watts, National Battery Testing Centre Project Lead at QUT said, “The LFP-type lithium-ion batteries employed by the unit are a safer and more robust lithium battery chemistry, better suited to static energy storage applications. It is great to see these types of battery systems in larger configurations further penetrating the energy storage market in Australia.”

Associate Professor Maggie Gulbinska, Director of the National Battery Testing Centre at QUT said, “Working with RedEarth and other FBI CRC industry participants is extremely important in growing the NBTC’s capabilities to assist with delivery of practical solutions to the rapidly growing Australian energy storage sector. To date we have generated significant useful data in collaboration with RedEarth through testing of their lithium-ion battery systems and we are looking forward to implementing larger RedEarth systems in the near future.”

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