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ZBB Energy Corp. (ZBB) Secures Access to Massive Russian/CIS Distributed Energy Markets via Deal with Established Distributor

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

ZBB Energy, developer and manufacturer of extremely sophisticated energy storage and on/off-grid intelligent power control platform solutions which allow for easy integration of both conventional and renewable sources, announced entry into the Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) markets in a big way today via inking of a strategic relationship with the firmly established, Moscow-based distributed generation supplier, BPC Engineering.

This play affords ZBB a huge in with relevant markets, spring boarding product penetration into these vast arenas thanks to BPC’s network of connections that circuit the entire space. The strategic agreement mandates that not only will BPC support ZBB’s product portfolio across its entire consumer end-point array (effective immediately), but that an initial purchase order (already received) is made for a complete ZBB EnerSystem™, consisting of the revolutionary EnerStore™ flow battery and EnerSection™ power/control center.

President and CEO of ZBB, Eric Apfelbach, posted this as another big win on the leaderboard for ZBB in the energy storage and power control platform sector. Apfelbach emphasized how the deal shows that once again ZBB can execute mightily where identified convergence of grid infrastructure demand, a massive growth market, and a “trusted partner with the skills to sell/support” the company’s equipment creates a perfect storm of opportunities.

Apfelbach beamed with excitement at the potential for the company’s extremely modular concepts and designs, underscoring how such systems can be rapidly deployed into this vast market with virtually zero engineering effort, bringing non-stop ROI to end users while making ZBB and BPC rich. BPC is the ideal partner here for sure, having been established back in 1995 and then rising quickly to a position of considerable prominence in banking technologies, power systems, and chemical technologies as well. BPC is in a perfect position to distribute ZBB’s products and sits at a kind of nexus for several key Russian/CIS industries, with a clear reputation for cutting-edge technology and time-honored practice, the hardware will practically sell itself on strength of BPC’s reputation alone.

CEO of BPC, Alexander Skorokhodov, asseverated these sentiments wholeheartedly, adding that the tremendous prospects for what is the most advanced hardware in its segment, look to BPC as a wonderful chance to really connect with their core Russian consumer base that has been eagerly anticipating such breakthroughs in distributed generation. Skorokhodov was keen on the robust engineering that will help amp up long-term reliability and efficiency, obviously content with this marriage of bleeding-edge technological advancement and rock-solid performance capability represented by the ZBB lineup.

Executive VP of Global Business Development for ZBB, Dan Nordloh, impressed by the significant market BPC has carved out in Russia and the CIS, dropped some major kudos to BPC management for developing such a hearty network of firm relationships spanning these giant markets. Nordloh pointed to how BPC has managed to not only continue to innovate, but also maintain the complex juggling act required to make good use of ZBB’s offerings, a juggling act that runs the gamut from selling to supporting distributed power and energy system deployments in the field. Nordloh conveyed the excitement at ZBB over getting the first installation done and embarking on what should be a very mutually profitable strategic relationship between the two companies.

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ZBB Energy Corp. (ZBB) Secures Order for Grid Independent ZBB EnerSystem with University of Technology Sydney

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

ZBB Energy, the developer of cutting-edge electrical power management platform architectures that fit the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and ultimately grid modernization, reported today that the company has landed an order for one of their Grid Independent ZBB EnerSystems™ (with ZBB EnerStore™ Zinc Bromide flow batteries), that is destined for a Microgrid Energy Management System at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The ZBB microgrid solution will not only serve as a permanent power source in the Broadway Building on the UTS campus, but also as a demo installation and learning tool. In addition to the aforementioned battery technology, the unit will also feature the ZBB EnerSection™ Power and Energy Control Units, as well as the local/remote enabled Human Machine Interface, offering not only unprecedented ease of interconnectivity to a range of energy sources from photovoltaics, and fuel cells, to wind turbines and even ORC turbines (Organic Rankine Cycle), but also the user-friendly intuitiveness needed to make management a snap.

We have a system execution here that will allow for continuous power and energy management that seamlessly integrates a variety of different inputs, whether from the grid or from independent sources. This is perfect for the UTS campus as the institution continues to push work on alternative energy ideas.

Research Labs Manager for UTS, Ray Clout, noted how UTS specifically defined the parameters for the system as a permanent, zero-carbon demo platform to fit snugly within the larger power scheme for the building itself and was clearly pleased at how the ZBB EnerSystem fits the bill. Clout pledged to continue to work closely with ZBB moving forward, as well as with the university’s power generation partners, to showcase the system’s reliability and performance capacity, all while documenting the economic benefits to UTS accordingly. Clout spoke of how the goal here was to execute on a model that can be easily replicated and proliferated across the Southwest Pacific market where no utility service currently exists alongside a growing move towards the adoption of renewable sources that don’t require firing up a diesel generator.

President and CEO of ZBB, hailed the new commercial microgrid application at UTS as yet another example of how the company can deliver grid-optimizing solutions and grid independence solutions in one fell swoop, all while allowing for a host of various renewable inputs and other sources to be utilized. The open architecture of the system was emphasized in particular as it affords interested parties the profound option of being able to interconnect virtually any generation source without hassle. This gives customers a way to take control of their energy management problems, handling uncontrolled power flows and prioritizing available sources in an intelligent way, doing away with chaos and dirtiness at the same time.

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ZBB Energy Corp.(ZBB) Announces Plans to Join the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt)

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ZBB Energy, a leading developer of intelligent power and energy management technologies, announced that it will be joining the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt). The alliance will be holding an Annual Conference and Symposium on January 16-18, 2013, in Austin, Texas, where ZBB Energy will present “Ensuring Reliable Power in Unreliable Environments,” which highlights the enabling capabilities of ZBB’s comprehensive power control and energy storage technologies.

NAATBatt is a not-for-profit trade association of foreign and domestic corporations, associations, and research institutions focused on the manufacture of large format advanced batteries for use in transportation and large scale energy storage applications in the United States. Members range from advanced battery and electrode manufactures to material suppliers, vehicle makers, electric utilities, equipment vendors, service providers, universities, and national laboratories.

NAATBatt’s core missions are to grow the North American market for products incorporating advanced energy storage technology and to reduce the cost of those products to U.S. consumers. The core missions of NAATBatt are closely related. NAATBatt operates under the principal that the high cost of electrochemical energy storage, when compared to other technologies, serves as the primary barrier to widespread adoption of large format advanced battery technology. NAATBatt advocates for the adoption of public policies and the development of new technologies and industrial standards that will help reduce the cost to consumers of large format advanced batteries and the products that use them.

NAATBatt provides a platform for its members to work together across industry boundaries in order to address the challenges posed by the adoption of large scale electrochemical energy storage. NAATBatt programs aid in the advancement of energy storage technology and help promote best practices among industry members. NAATBatt helps make the advanced battery industry more efficient and successful by sharing networking opportunities and better information about the North American market for those companies that wish to serve it.

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ZBB Energy Corp. (ZBB) Signs Agreement to Supply 2,000 kWh EnerStore System for Resort in Polynesia

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

ZBB Energy develops, designs, and manufactures advanced energy storage, power electronic systems, and engineered custom and semi-custom products aimed at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization.

The company announced today that it has signed an agreement to supply its 2,000 kilowatt ZBB EnerStore System, including 40 ZBB EnerStore modules, for the luxury eco-resort The Brando Project in French Polynesia. This eco-resort is designed to be first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified destination resort in the world as a new construction and in the campus category.

The resort’s electrical supply will include a mix of renewable energy sources, including an 896 kilowatt array of photovoltaic (PV) panels and generators that use sustainable biofuels made from locally sourced coconut oil. ZBB’s technology allows the resort to significantly minimize the amount of fuel consumed by utilizing generators for back-up purposes only when stored PV energy is not sufficient enough to meet overnight demand.

The system is scheduled to be fully operational in 2013. In terms of storage size and dollar value, this project represents the largest island microgrid contract to date to ZBB. For additional information about ZBB Energy and its products, please visit

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ZBB Energy Corporation (AMEX: ZBB)

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

ZBB Energy Corporation (AMEX: ZBB), a leading innovator of energy storage systems, is focused on providing energy storage systems to utility companies, industrial and commercial organizations and renewable energy generators. The company’s aim is to develop and produce products that increase energy efficiency, minimize the impact on the environment and maximize the use of renewable energy. Founded in 1981, ZBB is headquartered in Wisconsin with offices located in Perth, Australia. For further information, visit the Company’s web site at

ZBB Energy Corp (ZBB) Signs Distribution Agreement to Energize Australia and New Zealand

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

ZBB Energy Corporation (AMEX: ZBB), a company focused on providing turn-key energy storage systems and renewable energy generators, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a sales distribution agreement with Zest Energy Pty Ltd. Zest will be responsible for the marketing, selling, and distribution of the ZBB products throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Based in Australia, Zest focuses on providing energy storage systems that use regenerative fuel cells to technology suppliers, property developers, and utility companies. Zest works with its clients to design and install the storage systems that reduce energy costs and provide supplemental energy during peak demand periods. The company educates businesses that diesel or gas generators are no longer needed and that renewable energy generation is a viable and eco-friendly option.

ZBB manufacturers and ships its two base products, ZESS 50™ and ZESS 500™, from its Menomonee Falls facility in Wisconsin. The modular design of the core 50 kWH products allows ZBB to customize its base products for a fully customized, large format, energy storage system for businesses of any size.

Professor Tony Vassalo, co-director of Zest, stated, “Energy storage will become an integral component of distributed energy systems and we are very pleased to be able to work with ZBB Energy Corporation in facilitating the uptake of this technology in Australia and New Zealand.”

Managing Director Jon Pemberton added, “…distributed energy storage is poised to change the way we use electricity and has been described as a ‘disruptive technology.’ As energy prices escalate because of emissions, network constraints and rising fuel prices, energy storage will play a unique role in better utilizing existing generation and distribution assets and facilitating the introduction of renewable energy technologies. We believe that energy storage, and regenerative fuel cells in particular, will provide new opportunities for distributors, renewable generators, developers and systems integrators to meet the challenges of building a new, low emission, high efficiency energy network. We are proud to be associated with ZBB, whom we consider to be the leader in such energy storage and look forward to introducing the ZESS product to our markets.”

Kevin Dennis, Sales and Marketing VP of ZBB, concluded, “Australia is an important market region for energy storage and renewable energy. Australia has vast areas with remotely located towns, communities and mining camps, many of which rely on localized power production and distribution and are isolated from connection to its national grid. Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are playing an ever increasing important role in Australia’s energy future, and we know that storage is integral to that future. We are therefore delighted to appoint Zest as our representative in this market and to be working with Jon and his team.”

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RedChip Featured Company: ZBB Energy Corporation (AMEX: ZBB)

Friday, September 5th, 2008

ZBB Energy Corporation is an energy company engaged in researching the manufacture of energy storage systems for utility companies, renewable energy generators, and commercial and industrial customers. ZBB Energy was formed in 1998 in Wisconsin as a holding company for its subsidiaries in the United States and Australia.

The ZBB zinc energy storage systems (ZESS) can be used by a variety of clients. Traditional energy companies need reliable systems to store surplus energy generated during off-peak periods, which is primarily during the summer months for highly populated areas like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. With more companies and private citizens using alternative energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines, there is a growing need for storage devices to keep the power available for customers who are “on” and “off” the grid. Then there are industrial or commercial organizations that need an uninterrupted power supply and power quality protection from voltage, current, or frequency deviations.

The ZESS units are built around the company’s propriety zinc-bromine rechargeable electrical energy storage technology, which is then combined with computer hardware and software systems. The turnkey energy storage systems are developed to interface with a customer’s primary power source to recharge during off-peak periods and to discharge power when necessary.

ZBB offers two standard configurations, the ZESS 50 and the ZESS 500, which are both self-contained and provide fully automated control systems to take care of the energy storage and safety functions. The modules are mobile and scalable into a fully customized system based upon a client’s needs. Currently, the manufacturing facility has a production capacity of fifty (ZESS 50) modules per month. To put its capability into prospective, a ZESS 50 unit holds 50 kWh and has the ability to provide a typical home with power for two days.

ZBB has gained attention through the installation of one of its ZESS 50 units to the Future House USA Project at the Beijing Olympics. This is the first installation of a ZESS 50 unit in a residential application and will allow the home -which will be on display for the next six years – to operate completely off the electrical grid. The Future House USA is expecting over three million people to tour the facility, including the president of the United States.

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