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Ther­mal en­ergy could hold the key to cheaper and more sus­tain­able elec­tric­ity, says South Aus­tralian com­pany CCT En­ergy Stor­age which re­cently un­veiled the world's first work­ing ther­mal bat­tery.

Known as TED (Ther­mal En­ergy De­vice), the bat­tery ac­cepts any form of elec­tri­cal in­put to con­vert and store en­ergy as la­tent heat, which the com­pany says makes it ver­sa­tile, af­ford­able and long last­ing.

It will sup­ply at least 10 TED units to com­mer­cial cus­tomers this year, with pro­duc­tion ex­pected to in­crease to more than 200 units by 2020.

CCT Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Serge Bon­darenko said TED had the abil­ity to change the global en­ergy mar­ket by pro­vid­ing a cheaper and ‘greener' al­ter­na­tive power source.

“We be­lieve en­ergy is a re­source that should be ac­ces­si­ble to all cor­ners of the globe — and that means it's vi­tal to pro­vide an en­ergy source that's cost ef­fec­tive, en­vi­ron­men­tally safe and sus­tain­able,” he said. “TED is the first bat­tery of its kind and will be a game changer in the re­new­ables space.”

TED stores elec­tri­cal en­ergy as ther­mal en­ergy by heat­ing and melt­ing a unique phase change ma­te­rial. The en­ergy is stored at more than 12 times the den­sity of a lead acid bat­tery, be­fore be­ing ex­tracted by ther­mic gen­er­a­tor to pro­vide elec­tric­ity when, and where it's needed.

Read­ily scal­able, TED will be used to power re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, com­mer­cial busi­nesses, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works and trans­port sys­tems.

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