MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - Aug 12, 2011) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB), the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, announced today a contract from the US Navy Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, San Diego (FISCSD), with the requiring activity from the Navy. ZBB will provide a 1000kWH / 500kW-rated energy storage system for use in a micro-grid application at the San Nicolas Island Naval Facility, located in the Catalina Island group just west of Los Angeles. The system will utilize ZBB's newly branded EnerSystem™ technologies, comprised of ZBB's Power & Energy Control Center (PECC) and next generation Version 3 Zinc Bromide flow battery modules.
The contract is for the supply of equipment and services for work supported by the Office of Naval Research-Technology Insertion Program for Savings (ONR-TIPS) with the purpose of accelerated transition of new technology. During the next two years, the EnerSystem™ will be tested and certified to maintain power quality and perform load management for off peak produced power of the wind turbines and diesel electric power plant power delivery system at NOLF-SNI. The certifying body is Idaho National Laboratories. This will be the first time that an advanced energy storage system is tested with large-scale renewable sources, in conjunction with actual load management and generator plant control schemes in a micro-grid application in North America. Successful tests and certification will make available transition of this technology to more wide spread Navy use.
The ZBB EnerSystem™ will be used continuously in an ongoing operational mode to minimize diesel gen set runtime in conjunction with wind turbines and future PV arrays on the island. The base's overall system will focus on the power control for micro-grid stability, quality, and load leveling needs on the base. "We look forward to working with the Navy to showcase the capabilities of ZBB's third generation flow battery storage and integrated power electronics. This application is a great example of how cost effective power electronics and storage will deliver key integration, management and fuel saving benefits to the DoD," said Eric Apfelbach, President & CEO of ZBB Energy.
ZBB's power electronics (PECC) will be used to interconnect the flow battery modules and future renewable inputs to the existing base micro-grid and recently installed wind turbines. The ZBB Version 3 flow battery is designed to serve as an advanced electrical energy storage device, constructed from environmentally-friendly materials that provide a long service life and advanced performance when compared with traditional chemical batteries, particularly in challenging environmental and operational applications like military base micro-grids.
ZBB will work closely with the Navy in Port Hueneme, CA and the project's design and installation civilian contractor to define operational standards for advanced energy storage systems on micro-grids such as this project and for use at future naval facilities.
About ZBB Energy Corporation
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB) provides advanced electrical power management platforms targeted at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB and its power electronics subsidiary, Tier Electronics, LLC have developed a portfolio of intelligent power management platforms that directly integrate multiple renewable and conventional onsite generation sources with rechargeable zinc bromide flow batteries and other storage technology. The company also offers advanced systems to directly connect wind and solar equipment to the grid and systems that can form various levels of micro-grids. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency markets through their hybrid vehicle control systems, and power quality markets with their line of regulation solutions. Together, these platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. A developer and manufacturer of its modular, scalable and environmentally friendly power systems ("ZESS POWR™"), ZBB Energy was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Wisconsin, USA with offices also located in Perth, Western Australia. For more information visit www.zbbenergy.com.
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