Hackett, Redflow chief executive, and the founder of internet service provider Internode, said the “ambitious” Tesla project demonstrated the growing maturity of energy storage systems.
“We believe that batteries have a integral role to play in the successful exploitation of renewable energy sources,” he said.
"Elon Musk’s promise to deploy 129 MWh of batteries for SA in 100 days is a big challenge, even for a US$50 billion company like Tesla. As a far smaller company, Redflow is not yet configured to produce that volume of batteries in that timeframe, so we will continue delivering our ZBM2 and ZCell batteries to telecom and residential customers in Australia and overseas.
According to Hackett, the project sets South Australia up as a world leader in the use of battery storage with renewable energy – “a true signpost of the future of the world”.
“I'm thrilled about that. The global energy storage market is huge and essentially it is largely untapped. This project will act as a validation point and an accelerant of change.
"Redflow is well positioned to be a part of the solution in markets appropriate to its technology. Every battery manufacturer is likely to be busy for the foreseeable future, all working to their respective technical strengths.”