EnergyNest launches manufacturing hub for thermal battery technology

Rotterdam (July 11, 2018) – EnergyNest has launched a new hub for manufacturing their thermal battery technology at Europoort in Rotterdam. The cleantech company is responding to Europe’s growing demand for flexible and scalable energy storage solutions. Establishing mass-manufacture capability for their battery modules will allow the company’s energy storage projects to be real- ised more quickly and cost-competitively. In collaboration with HeidelbergCe- ment and Mebin, EnergyNest will start its first run in the third quarter of 2018. Manufacturing for two commercial projects will commence at the end of the year.

EnergyNest’s battery modules consist of steel cassettes with pipes encased in Heat- crete, a special type of concrete developed in partnership with HeidelbergCement, a major global producer of cement and ready-mix concrete. At the plant run by Mebin, pre-fabricated module cassettes will be cast with Heatcrete, then cured and quality controlled. The modules will then be transported to their respective project sites for final assembly. The port of Rotterdam serves as an ideal location for this.

Jon E. Bergan, Vice President Supply Chain at EnergyNest, comments:

“The manufacturing setup we have established with our partners HeidelbergCementand Mebin is a critical step for the successful roll-out of our thermal battery technol- ogy, which will lead to improved energy usage and reducing carbon emissions in the European industrial landscape at a much faster rate”.

Benefits of EnergyNest’s thermal battery

EnergyNest thermal batteries are easily integrated into existing power plant or in- dustrial plant configurations with its flexible design and easy interfacing. The system can accommodate various types of heat transfer fluids (HTF) in plants, typically such as high temperature steam/water, synthetic oils, and even gases. The storage ma- terial consists of a high performance solid-state material, which is cast into steel cassette modules that enable smart operation and effective charging and discharg- ing of the storage system. These core materials are extremely durable and pose no safety or environmental concerns for its operators.

Tried and tested in a pilot project at the Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, the
performance of EnergyNest’s storage technology has been fully validated by inde- pendent technology assessor DNV GL. The thermal battery module is dimensionedas a standard ISO 20’ foot container for easy handling and transportation. In contrast to lithium-ion battery systems, EnergyNest’s thermal battery can be scaled and built to accommodate even gigawatt hours of storage capacity.