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Redflow adds manufacturing and energy system deployment expertise to board

Melbourne-based David Brant has more than 20 years' experience in senior management roles.
Redflow adds manufacturing and energy system deployment expertise to board
Brant previously worked at Redflow as vice president strategy and corporate development

Redflow Ltd (ASX:RFX) has recruited businessman David Brant to its board to grow the energy storage company's manufacturing capabilities.

Brant worked in a number of senior management roles over two decades at Norgren, a manufacturer of automation equipment for a range of industries.

The Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors worked for Redflow as vice president strategy and corporate development from 2010-12 and ran his own start-up energy storage business Energy365 from 2014-17.

He has also worked as a management consultant providing high-level support for public and private companies and has held directorships for a number of organisations.

READ: Redflow marks a milestone by manufacturing complete batteries in Thailand

Redflow chairman Brett Johnson said Brant's manufacturing expertise rounded out the board's experience.

He said: "We wanted someone with a contemporary manufacturing background who could bring that expertise to bear as we develop and grow our manufacturing capabilities.

"David brings that experience along with an extensive background in international business and strategic planning."

Experience in energy system deployment

Brant said joining the Redflow board fulfilled his ambition to support an Australian-based high-tech business that offered strong growth potential for the future.

He said: "I have a passionate interest in renewable energy, especially energy storage, which came from my earlier role with Redflow.

"I later started up my own energy storage business which focused on high-end battery installations for large residential and small commercial projects, so I bring to the table some hands-on experience in energy system deployment."

Brant said he hoped his understanding of modern manufacturing techniques and 'Factory of the Future' thinking would assist Redflow set the strategic direction for its manufacturing capacity.

COO resigns directorship

Redflow chief operating officer Richard Aird has stepped down from the board to focus his attention on scaling up Redflow's factory in Thailand and planning future manufacturing capabilities.

Johnson praised Aird's contribution as a director and said the company looked forward to his ongoing contribution as chief operating officer.

Unique energy storage solution

Redflow produces small 10-kilowatt-hour zinc-bromine flow batteries that tolerate daily use in harsh conditions.

Marketed as ZCell and ZBM2, Redflow batteries are designed for high-cycle rate, long time-base stationary energy storage applications in residential, commercial, industrial and telecommunications sectors, and are scalable from a single battery installation through to grid-scale deployments.

Redflow's batteries feature: secure remote management; 100% daily depth of discharge; tolerance of high ambient temperatures; a simple recycling path; no propensity for thermal runaway; and sustained energy delivery throughout their operating life.

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