The production process and shipping of our first commercial-size thermal battery module is successfully completed! We’d like to say a big thank you to our fantastic partners Mebin, Apex Heat Transfer and HeidelbergCement for making this a seamless, well standardized and super safe process.
We believe in keeping things as simple as possible, especially with regards to our thermal battery – fast production, simple and safe construction and low-cost operation. Our steel cassette is “cast” with our solid-state storage material Heatcrete®. This process is low-risk and standardized for mass production.
The construction of the world’s first industrial-scale thermal battery has started! Our founder Dr Pål Bergan is at the Mebin fabrication site in Europoort, Port of Rotterdam, to observe the progress together with our VP Project Management Eva Bellido and VP Technology & Research Prof Nils Høivik.
Our first commercial thermal battery is in production. It will be made “only” of steel and the high-performance contrete Heatcrete®. This radical new technology helps industrial players, energy companies and various types of power plants to operate more energy-efficiently, more effectively (i.e. profits!) and to reduce CO2. Next, it will be transported to our Mebin manufacturing site in Europoort, Port of Rotterdam, for casting.
This view shows 63 thermal elements inside our TO6-7×9 steel cassette. Made of carbon steel piping, that works under pressure, and spirowound steel casing, they’re designed to be used with thermal oil as Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF). You can also see the spacers inside the spirowound casing, grabbing the piping, and ensuring that the piping remains in the right position during the next steps to follow: transport, casting and construction.
Our CEO Dr Christian Thiel recently visited Colegio Reina del Mundo, Lima’s German-Peruvian High School, to speak about the future of energy systems.
During the lively workshop students discussed current energy sources and debated the environmental threats of climate change as well as future opportunities for the environment and society. The students were particularly interested in fossil fuel conservation, renewable energies, the reduction of CO2 and energy storage as a key enabler, and shared ideas on how energy systems could be adjusted to make a positive contribution for future generations.
Together with HeidelbergCement, we have launched a manufacturing hub for supplying our thermal battery to the European market. Located strategically in Europoort, Port of Rotterdam, the site will produce the ready-to-use battery modules at a fully automated RMC plant operated and owned by Mebin.
Pre-fabricated module cassettes are cast with Heatcrete®, cured and quality controlled, before being transported directly to project sites for final assembly. The structure provides a consolidated platform for facilitating higher volume output and securing all quality aspects to accommodate the widely expected market growth for energy storage solutions for years to come.
Our VP Supply Chain Jon E. Bergan states that “the manufacturing setup we have established with our partners HeidelbergCement and Mebin is a critical step for the successful roll-out of this important technology, and consequently, contributing to improved energy usage and reducing carbon emissions in the European industrial landscape at a much faster rate”.
Volker Klapperich, Product Manager Civil Engineering at HeidelbergCement, says “expanding our footprint into this green, high potential market is an exciting new opportunity for the HeidelbergCement group”.
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