Italy's Enel, Israel's Brenmiller Inaugurate Rock-Based Storage System 'TES' in Italy

Nov 7, 2022 12:00 PM ET
  • The pilot is the result of the synergy between Enel and Brenmiller, obtained the very first time on the planet at the Santa Barbara power plant in Tuscany, Italy.
  • The TES technology enables energy to be saved as warmth as well as makes the power plant much more versatile, credit to Brenmiller's ingenious service, with space to increase the decarbonization of industrial home heating demand.

The largest energy in Italy Enel Group as well as Israeli company Brenmiller Energy have established an innovative, lasting rock based energy storage space system in Tuscany in Italy which is entirely sustainable and efficient in increasing the energy shift.

The combination of the thermal energy storage (TES) system with the existing power plant enables Enel as well as Brenmiller to examine the technology in the field, in tough operating conditions and widespread. The system offers minimized power plant start-up times and better speed in load variations, which are required performance requirements to enable the efficient use renewable energy.

Enel held that this system can be used to save excess energy produced from renewable sources in the form of heat to supply decarbonization services to industrial customers and to integrate lasting storage solutions with renewable plants.

Brenmiller Energy created the technology in Israel and provided the storage space system; Enel incorporated the system with its Santa Barbara power plant and helped to validate its performance in an actual environment.

The Technology

The TES technology utilizes a two-stage charge and also discharge procedure to provide thermal energy. During the charging phase, heavy steam produced by the Santa Barbara center travels through pipelines to warmth nearby gravels; during the releasing phase, the built up warm is released to heat pressurized water as well as create heavy steam for electrical power. This first-of-its-kind TES system can store up to 24 MWh of clean warm at a temperature of about 550 ° C for 5 hours, providing vital resiliency to the power plant.

Salvatore Bernabei, Head of Enel Green Power and Thermal Generation, said, "Flexibility and also adequacy are 2 basic components of an effective as well as reputable electrical power system, which can be supplied an increasing number of successfully by storage space. This test allows us to confirm a family of ingenious and also sustainable technologies in the section of long-lasting storage, which will certainly allow for an ever higher combination of renewables into the grid."

"Our TES system at Enel's Santa Barbara power plant in Tuscany is the first-ever system of its kind to provide utility-scale thermal energy storage space as well as offers business and commercial customers a viable path towards decarbonization," claimed Avi Brenmiller, Chairman as well as CEO of Brenmiller Energy.

The cooperation in between Enel as well as Brenmiller happened as part of an Italian-Israeli partnership method aimed at accelerating collaboration in between Israeli companies and also big Italian sectors. The TES project was partly funded by the Israeli Innovation Authority, which sustained Brenmiller with 1 million euros in funding.

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