WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to a pioneering German project, fossil fuels can be eradicated in the future with the use of a groundbreaking salt technology.
- Calcium oxide, otherwise known as quicklime is tested to be an effective ingredient in salt technology because not only does it produce larger amounts of heat, it can also store heat for longer periods of time.
- If this new technology proves to be successful, Swedish startup SaltX hopes to up the system so that Germany and the rest of the world can make use of it.
Salt is being considered as an ingredient to help eliminate fossil fuels, according to tests in a groundbreaking project in Germany.
Recently, a new system of technology that uses calcium oxide or quicklime to store heat for a long time was launched by Berlin’s Reuter power plant.
While Germany has enough renewable energy capacity to power over half of the country, fossil fuels still serve as the nation’s backup energy sources due to many green energy sources still dependent on consistent weather conditions.
However, quicklime, when simply exposed to water, produces large amounts of heat.
Developed by Swedish startup SaltX, the salt technology works like a battery except that instead of electricity, it stores heat. The salt can be used to create, store and convert heat when the nation’s renewable energy sources fail to reach the grid’s demands.
Further, the technology is reportedly far more effective at heat storage than water storage systems that are known for eventually losing their heat over time.
Vattenfall, the energy company manning the Berlin power plant is now handling the salt storage system.
The Associated Press reports that while the system is presently supplying 100 households with heat, SaltX plans on boosting the technology if it proves to be a success. If this pushes through, then thousand other German households and later the world can benefit from the technology.
“We see a shift in the energy sector and an immense need for energy storage worldwide. We are eager to put SaltX Energy Storage solution on the market as soon as possible,” said SaltX CEO Harald Bauer.
Meanwhile, Markus Witt, the manager of the new power plant project confirmed that to answer questions of how or whether this type of technology can be used in their business, they will be collecting important data in the coming months.
Witt also added that some of the questions that needed answers were: ‘How large amounts of salt can be used, how quickly the storage medium reacts and how the process can be controlled’.
Source: Good News Network