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Storage for off-grid use -- Belief in storage (2)

In Australia, ZBB Technologies has signed a A$3.1 million ($2.63 million) contract with the federal government to develop a renewable energy storage system. The two year project, funded under the Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies (AEST) program operated by the environment department, aims to integrate ZBB's zinc-bromine energy storage systems with various renewable energy sources, including wind power, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Newcastle Energy Centre in New South Wales.

The stored electricity will help power the CSIRO laboratories and be exported to the grid. "We have designed our product to address this exact application, the storing of intermittent power at the time of generation for delivery at a later point in time when the consumer most needs power," says ZBB's Rob Parry. "Our storage systems smooth the delivery of renewable power to the grid as well as maximize value by delivering power at times of peak demand. Additionally, off grid customers will have the ability to store their renewable power for use at later times when they might not have the generating source available to them."

Australia's federal environment minister, Malcolm Turnbull, says: "Demonstrating new renewable energy storage technologies in grid-connected and remote area power supply applications will give Australia a strong base on which to grow its own industry and expand opportunities overseas."

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