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ZBB Energy Announces $700,000 Tax Credit Refund for 2010 and 2011


June 8, 2011 - Milwaukee, WI

ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB), the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, announced today that ZBB Technologies Limited, the Company's wholly owned Australian subsidiary, is conducting core research activities in connection with flow battery cell research including activities under the Honam Collaboration Agreement. Also, as a result of the Company's continuing research activities in Australia and the implementation and expansion of research activities by ZBB Technologies Limited, the Company is eligible to receive up to $700,000 under the Australian government's R & D tax credits program for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The Company has received confirmation from the Australian Tax Office that the Company will receive approximately $600,000 on June 15, 2011 as the result of ZBB's eligibility for this tax credits program.

ZBB Technologies Limited conducts the core research for the Company's flow battery technology development, and also conducts several key research activities in connection with the Company's Collaboration Agreement with Honam Petrochemicals.

The Australian R & D tax credits offset program was created by the Australian government to provide Australian businesses with a reward for research and development innovation. By introducing the
R & D tax credit program, the Government is seeking to motivate Australian business with an additional incentive to dedicate increasingly scarce resources to R & D activities.

The tax credit refund is a cash payment to the Company. $180,000 of the refund was recognized as an accrued tax refund receivable in the third quarter and is shown as a provision (benefit) for income taxes. The balance of the $700,000 is anticipated to be recognized as an additional tax provision (benefit) in the fourth quarter.

"We're very pleased with the execution of the Honam Collaboration Agreement and with our capabilities in Australia to conduct activities necessary for the agreement. Our personnel in Australia are important for the successful achievement of the goals under the agreement. We are also appreciative of the resources in the form of the R & D tax credit provided by the Australian government for this type of research activity," said Eric Apfelbach, CEO and President of ZBB Energy. "We plan to expand our research efforts in Australia."

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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Contact Information:
Helen Brown
Investor Relations
ZBB Energy Corporation
T: 262.253.9800
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