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Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:12

Redflow signs deal with South African telco Featured

Redflow CEO Tim Harris Redflow CEO Tim Harris

Australian-listed energy storage technology company Redflow has secured an agreement with telco Mobax South Africa to provide batteries to test as a solution for mobile phone towers owned by a leading South African mobile network provider.

The agreement will see Redflow (ASX:RFX) batteries deployed at existing mobile sites, with a particular focus on reducing the high cost of running diesel back-up generators as well as being a less attractive target for theft.

Redflow will supply as many as 10 ZBM2 batteries at its cost for the duration of the project, which aims to validate the technical and commercial benefits of the Redflow energy storage solution.

The six-month project is expected to commence in June with defined success criteria that can be achieved earlier.

The ZBM2 batteries will be deployed and supported by Mobax, a new Redflow system integration partner.

Mobax, part of Mobax Group, a field service provider of engineering, project and technical services to telecommunication network operators across southern Africa, will be supported by Redflow’s long-time South African distributor SSS (Specialised Solar Systems).

The Mobax agreement follows Redflow's order last year from Moropa Site Solutions for 37 ZBM2 batteries to support the rollout of new sites across its South African mobile network.

Redflow managing director and chief executive Tim Harris said this latest agreement was a clear sign of the company’s progress.

“We’re very excited that one of Africa’s leading mobile operators is now looking at how to deploy Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries at their existing sites rather than just new towers," he said.

“Our batteries have clearly demonstrated performance and cost savings benefits when compared with diesel-powered generators for backup power at off-grid sites. Our batteries can also help grid-connected towers in areas with unreliable power supply. Our batteries help solve a real and growing customer problem, so we are very positive about the opportunity this development may provide.

“Redflow is also delighted to welcome Mobax as our latest partner. Mobax has an excellent industry reputation and deep reach throughout Africa. We see a long and strategic partnership ahead of us.”

Mobax Group chief executive Fred Watkins said he saw significant opportunities from offering Redflow energy storage batteries for deployment at telecommunications sites across southern Africa,

“Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries offer many advantages over diesel generators, lithium and lead-acid batteries," he said.

“As well as eliminating the cost and complex logistics of constantly shipping and storing diesel at remote sites and having to replace lead-acid batteries every few years, these long-life Redflow batteries reduce the risk of theft which is a major issue for all mobile telecom operators.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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