ZBB Energy and Honam Petrochemical have shipped the joint venture’s first energy storage and power control system to Jeju Island in South Korea, the proving ground for a national Smart Grid initiative.

The system will be used to test the distribution of electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels.

The ZBB EnerStore zinc-bromide flow battery will be used as an advanced electrical energy storage device.

Honam and ZBB have a development agreement under which Honam will pay ZBB a total of $3m and gain the rights to sell the batteries in parts of Asia, including exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the battery within South Korea.

Jeju Island was selected as a test bed for a national Smart Grid project that aims to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy security through the spread of microgrids across South Korea, with increased use of renewable energy coupled with energy storage and power management.

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