While the world systematically researched the probability of producing a thermal solar battery, a South Australian company revealed the first functioning thermal energy device. The company demonstrated that its battery is:
- Possesses higher storage capacity compared to a traditional battery
- Capable of storing renewable energy
Could the thermal solar battery issue be resolved?
The thermal solar battery reportedly functions like lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries while it creates both AC and DC currents. The chief executive officer of CCT Energy Storage stated that it is capable of charging and discharging simultaneously. Instead of storing an electrical charge, it would convert the input to heat.
The battery has a small footprint compared to a photovoltaic site as it takes a maximum circle of eight-meters in diameter. It is more efficient too, as it can turn upside down and rotate to follow the sun.
The storage capacity is six times higher compared to a lithium-ion battery and up to a dozen times higher than a lead-acid battery. The CEO of CCT, Serge Bondarenko revealed that they are working in conjunction with the University of South Australia. Currently, they are attempting to reduce the silicon substrate melting point in order to reduce the battery’s cost.
The battery is a potential world game-changer in thermal solar power. Communities will be able to leverage off battery storage. The stored energy will provide a household or industry with energy and what they do not use, they will be able to sell to others or inject it back into the grid.
The new battery will be introduced to the world at the end of May 2019 in Rome at the renewable energy and storage conference. Currently, testing is underway in north-western Australia, aiding an isolated community allowing them to be able to go “off the grid” and eliminate reliance on generator power.
An agreement was signed by CCT Energy Storage with MIBA Solutions to build, manufacture and distribute the battery for the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. MIBI owns large green technology products in Europe. An agreement will also be signed with the UK in order to aid with the promotion of off-grid and sustainable solar development.