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RedEarth Powering “The Block” – CleanTechnica


The Block is a well-liked actuality TV present in Australia. This 12 months they took on the problem of renovating and constructing six luxurious properties in the course of winter in Victoria, off grid. Six homes, every on 10 acres. It was a tree change with a sustainability twist. The unique homestead solely had a single-phase line working into the property. How do you energy six properties, all of the instruments wanted for a renovation and a construct, a web site workplace, and a McCafe?

That’s when RedEarth Power Storage was contacted to offer the ability as a sponsor. It was a fantastic alternative to teach the Australian public on electrical energy 2.0 — the advantages of photo voltaic plus battery.

RedEarth put in 5 non permanent off-grid methods. Every HoneyBadger system was comprised of a ten kW inverter, 33 kWh of battery storage, and 18 photo voltaic panels producing 7 kW. The photo voltaic panels had been mounted as a small floor array. This gave the homes building energy — instruments to do the construct — in addition to warmth for the chilly nights. There was zero grid energy to any of the blocks.

All energy for the location workplace and the whole Ch9 manufacturing crew got here from the moveable off-grid skid equipped by Linked Power, which additionally included a completely loaded (eight batteries) HoneyBadger.

RedEarth technicians Scott and Raefe return from The Block. Photograph courtesy of RedEarth.

“We needed to do a little bit of training with them in order that they might perceive how their saved vitality was getting used and resolve how they’d use it. For instance, after just a few days of wet climate, they’d much less saved vitality than they’d often have, so that they’d need to resolve which home equipment and instruments they’d use, and when. Having these non permanent methods created a good way to introduce them to vitality monitoring earlier than we put in the bigger, everlasting methods which didn’t have the identical restraints,” RedEarth Power Storage’s chief business officer Scott Andrews advised me.

“In addition they weren’t allowed to make use of backup turbines after 8pm as a result of noise restrictions, in order that was an extra problem they confronted, particularly with the chilly mornings. Everybody managed exceptionally underneath the circumstances.”

RedEarth technicians labored in knee-deep mud at instances to put in and keep the gear. That they had day by day contact with producers, builders, and crew over the 6-month mission. RedEarth is completely happy to report that the rain, sleet, snow, and dirt had no affect on the HoneyBadgers nestled on their concrete slabs. On the finish of the filming, the HoneyBadgers had been offered — additionally saving delivery from Victoria again to Brisbane.

On episode 14 of The Block, technicians confirmed contestants tips on how to monitor their vitality use and predict their battery’s capability to run their homes in a single day. Between the filming in April and the present going to air in August, RedEarth launched its new monitoring app — RedPi — which permits clients to monetise their saved electrical energy. RedPi connects to and reads the inverters of their methods.

RedEarth emu system controls

EMU system controls.

The Block remains to be not linked to the grid. As a substitute, every home now has a everlasting 50 kW photo voltaic ground-mounted array with a 102.5 kWh DropBear battery. RedEarth notes that these are outsized in comparison with Queensland installs as a result of lack of efficient daylight hours in the course of the Victorian winter.

The Block contestants and manufacturing crew had been impressed with the efficiency of the RedEarth Battery methods. I anticipate as extra episodes go to air that the Australian public will probably be impressed with electrical energy 2.0 additionally — the advantages of photo voltaic plus battery.


 

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