South Australian CCT Energy Storage firm produces the world-first TED thermal battery
CCT Energy Storage's TED (Thermal Energy Device) battery aims to revolutionise renewable energy.
South Australia’s CCT Energy Storage launched the world’s first working thermal battery in 2019. The TED (Thermal Energy Device), battery accepts any form of electrical input to convert and store energy as latent heat. This makes it versatile, affordable and long-lasting.
TED can be scaled to power remote communities, businesses, micro grids, rail signalling or telecommunication, as a substitute for diesel generation.
CCT Energy Storage originated in 2011 in small factory in the southern Adelaide suburb of Lonsdae when a tenacious group of scientists and engineers began researching, developing and designing a large-scale thermal battery to revolutionise the market for global renewable energy.
The cutting-edge technology and its potential grew exponentially which led to Climate Change Technologies Pty Ltd being formed as a private South Australian company in 2011 and a working scale prototype in 2012 from more than $6 million in research and development.
In 2019, the company's Lonsdale plant was set to make 10 units for commercial customers that year and production expected to rise to 200 by 2020.
CCT Energy Storage’s thermal battery incorporates a unique phase change material that can store energy at more than 12 times the energy density of a lead acid battery. The stored energy can then be extracted from the thermal battery via a heat engine, to provide an electricity supply when needed.
The thermal battery is not only suitable for renewable energy such as wind and solar. It’s also adaptable to non-renewable energy sources from fossil fuels. Climate Change Technologies has found a Swedish partner in MIBA Solutions for manufacturing and distributing TED throughout Europe.