1414 Degrees using its global-leading heat storage at SA Water wastewater plant

1414 Degrees looks to the future with this concept a one gigawatt TESS-GRID using its heat-storage energy technology.
Image courtesy 1414 Degrees

The first commercial pilot of a world-leading molten silicon energy storage system, developed by South Australian innovator 1414 Degrees, was started at SA Water’s Glenelg wastewater treatment plant in 2019.

The 1414 Degrees’ biogas thermal energy storage system (GAS-TESS) stores energy from biogases created by wastewater treatment to increase the plant’s energy self sufficiency.

The project is funded by 1414 Degrees and the South Australian government’s 2017 renewable technology fund, while SA Water will allow the 1414 system to integrate energy storage and heat with its industrial operations.

1414 Degrees, now listed on the Australian securities exchange, expects the use of GAS-TESS in 2019 and give immediate returns for SA Water while building a foundation to apply the technology at similar sites worldwide.

1414 Degrees technology delivers heat as well as electric power. Energy is sourced from renewables or the grid, and is stored as latent heat at constant temperature. The energy is then dispatched on demand. This breakthrough technology is set to disrupt energy storage globally because it provides the world’s most common form of energy: heat.

1414 Degrees’ original technology was developed with a focus on electrical input, such as solar or wind power. In 2017, the company’s engineering team started developing an extra offering – the GAS-TESS – in response to a request from SA Water for technology enabling a biogas input to store energy.

SA Water has been used biogas produced by its wastewater treatment at Glenelg to generate electricity and cover up to 80% of the plant’s needs. The 1414 technology will increase that energy self-sufficiency, support South Australian innovation and lead a global charge to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of energy-intensive wastewater treatment.

1414 Degrees’ listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in September 2018, followed an initial public offering (IPO) that raise more than $16.3 million.

Besides preparing the GAS-TESS at Glenelg, 1414 Degrees has been commissioning its 10MWh TESS-IND and assessing sites for the company’s 200MWh TESS-GRID product line. Across the past two years, 1414 Degrees has raised $30 million in capital privately and through its IPO to support the business’ push into commercial industries.

1414 Degrees is developing joint ventures to commercialise its technology, incorporating generation, thermal storage and industry with heat energy requirements.

The GAS-TESS 10MWh+ is designed to burn biogas and store the energy for recovery as electricity and heat for waste management utilities and entities requiring efficient gas management.

The GAS-TESS idea started in 2009 when Adelaide businessmen Harold Tomblin, John Moss and Robert Shepherd engaged a former CSIRO scientist to develop a device to harness silocon for energy storage. With research funding, mechanical engineer Matthew Johnon developed the technology, and Kevin Moriarty from the mining industry helped commercialise it.

 

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