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Thermal battery ready for construction

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.

EnergyNest thermal battery elements

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.

 

Discussing the changing energy landscape with high school students

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.

Discussing the changing energy landscape

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.

Discussing the future of energy systems

Launch of thermal battery manufacturing hub

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”.

EnergyNest: enabling power grid flexibility

Contradictory as it may seem, conventional thermal power plants fired by coal, gas, oil and nuclear have an important role to play in the transformation from fossil to renewable electricity. Currently, thermal power plants maintain grid stability and provide power when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, ensuring that the lights are always on.

EnergyNest at COP22 in Marrakech

EnergyNest took part in UN’s Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22), Morocco during November 1 through 18, 2016. This is the third time the company has participated in these important events in which the international community and world leaders come together to discuss and agree upon actions to contain the serious climate impact caused by human activities.