The planned thermal storage facility with a capacity of 6 to 8 MWh will temporarily store excess energy in the form of hot air from a tunnel furnace. The stored heat is converted into steam and later reused in production. In reusing this energy, the thermal battery can completely replace natural gas as an energy source in a later production stage. Previously unused waste heat thus becomes a primary energy source. As a result, the costs for natural gas as well as at least 1500 to 2000 tons of CO2 per year are saved. In the second half of the year the production process and installation will start.
With this project, Senftenbacher is taking a big step towards reducing the CO2 emissions of its industrial production. “We take our climate responsibility very seriously and are sending a clear signal with this decarbonization project“, said Peter Flotzinger, Managing Director of Senftenbacher.
Due to the high degree of innovation and the great decarbonization potential of the thermal battery, the European Union supports the joint project of EnergyNest and Senftenbacher within the Horizon2020 SME-I programme. The EU milestone project thus sets a new standard for the decarbonization of industrial production.