Could heat batteries help decarbonise UK’s beer industry?

Could heat batteries hold the key to the decarbonisation of the UK’s beer industry?

Industries, including manufacturing, food refining and pharmaceuticals are presently using steam systems in their work.

The tech is proclaimed to be a huge contributor to their overall carbon footprint.

Southampton firm Caldera promises to assist with this problem with the use of heat batteries.

These batteries collect and store heat energy using renewable electricity and release it when required as high-pressure steam.

The company has collected a £295,000 grant from the BEIS Industrial Fuel Switching competition for a feasibility study on how to roll out thousands of heat batteries for use in industrial settings.

Caldera Chief Executive Officer James Macnaghten, stated: “Industrial steam makes up 31% of the UK’s total industrial process heat requirement.

“This is normally provided by multiple steam boilers and accumulators that burn natural gas or oil.

“Banks of heat batteries can deliver high-pressure steam as required at temperatures up to 200°C. This will enable factories to switch off fossil fuels as their primary fuel source, enabling an easily adopted route to low carbon electrical power.”

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands implied:  “As we accelerate the UK’s energy independence by boosting clean, home-grown, affordable energy, it’s crucial that our industries reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

“This investment will help them to not only cut emissions, but also save money on energy bills, on top of supporting jobs by encouraging green innovation across in the UK.”

Could heat batteries help decarbonise UK’s beer industry?

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