MEET TED, THE WORLD’S FIRST THERMAL BATTERY
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.