MGTES for thermal power production
The International Energy Agency (IEA) claims that heat accounts for approx. 74% of the industrial sector‘s total energy demand. Around 48% of the total heat needed in industry is for high-temperature applications and this sector is responsible for about 22% of global CO2 emissions. Out of these, 40% (about 10% of total emissions) comes from fossil fuels.
MGTES delivers Power to Heat services, useful for different applications and market segments, including the industrial sector, the civil sector, district heating and so on.
For such applications, MGTES is able to:
- Absorb the surplus electricity generated by non-programmable renewable power plants.
- Convert this energy surplus into sensible heat, which is stored in the fluidizable bed of sand particles.
- Release on-demand the stored thermal energy to the heat transfer fluid, typically superheated steam (up to 600 °C) or other high temperature fluids required by industrial processes (such as hot air).
- Electrification of high temperature industrial thermal processes
- Reduction of fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions thus minimizing carbon footprint
- Industrial waste heat recovery from intermittent industrial processes
- Provision of Demand Response services
- Balance the electricity grids characterized by high penetration of non-programmable renewable energy plants, reducing curtailments
- Increase the flexibility of an existing CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant, decoupling the generation of electrical energy from the thermal one
- Carbon neutral district heating
- Increase the energy self-sufficiency and protection from highly volatile energy prices
Combined with renewable energy, the Green Heat stored by MGTES can replace traditional fossil fuel generation; thus, MGTES can dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.