RedEarth Energy Storage joins Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre

RedEarth Energy Storage (RedEarth) is pleased to join the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC) which aims to develop future Australian industries to support the growing demand for batteries, battery deployment and battery technologies, within the context of a circular economy.

RedEarth’s hope is that the FBI CRC will help kick start a commercial lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing industry in Australia so we can provide innovative and high-quality Australian made products to our customers in the energy storage market.

As part of the FBI CRC, RedEarth are pleased to support the critical work of QUT in the establishment of the National Battery Testing Centre in Brisbane by providing industry expertise and practical support.

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 that we can now get our battery cells and modules 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.”

The National Battery Testing Centre is one of the FBI 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, “We are very pleased to have RedEarth on board the FBI CRC and working with us at the National Battery Testing Centre. RedEarth is leading the way in Australian manufacture and supply of lithium-ion

energy storage solutions and bring a wealth of practical experience to the Centre. Through our testing capability at the National Battery Testing Centre, we are looking forward to further enabling RedEarth in producing safe and effective solutions to service the rapidly growing energy storage market in Australia.”

Associate Professor Maggie Gulbinska, Director of the National Battery Testing Centre at QUT said, “QUT has been a foundation participant in the FBI CRC with a strong track record of developing Australia’s capability for the manufacture of advanced batteries and battery

materials. QUT’s existing demonstration plant at Banyo and its world-class battery research group are key foundations for several of the FBI CRC’s projects, such as the National Battery Testing Centre, formed to support the burgeoning Australian battery industry.”

The FBI CRC brings together partners with a presence across all segments of the battery value chain – including miners, chemicals companies, manufacturers, utilities, and recyclers – seeking to capture the massive economic opportunity from the shift to battery-based energy systems.

Established in 2019, it is delivering a national portfolio of research, development, and education projects to support Australian industry’s ability to compete in the rapidly growing markets for battery materials and solutions.

Stedman Ellis, CEO of the FBI CRC said, “We welcome RedEarth as a participant and value their experience in delivering locally engineered solar battery solutions – an important way for Australians to buy into the benefits of the growth in the energy storage market in order to harness the benefits of our renewables.”

RedEarth recently had the pleasure of hosting the FBI CRC at their manufacturing site in Darra, Brisbane.

In the Photo: Stedman Ellis (CEO, FBI CRC), James Westcott (Project Director, FBI CRC), Maggie Gulbinska (Director, National Battery Testing Centre, QUT), Joshua Watts (Project Lead, National Battery Testing Centre, QUT), Tim Shanahan (Chairman, FBI CRC), Jeremy Whaley (Head of  Engineering, RedEarth).

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