Electrification of Industrial Processes with Sulfur Electric Thermal Storage
In this project, Element 16 technologies proposes to solve this problem and enable electrification of industrial processes through integration of a low-cost and dispatchable sulfur electric thermal storage (SETS) to renewable energy such as solar
Element 16 has completed the activities planned for system engineering design under EPC-21-036 and is moving ahead with installation and testing. This includes finalizing the system design and layout, completing the piping and instrumentation diagram, and heat and mass balance sheets for various operating scenarios. Element 16 is also pursuing opportunities to install thermal energy storage for industrial process heat charging from the electric grid. For this, Element 16 met with experts in grid storage strategies and grid pricing at multiple independent system operators.
The project aims to enable the electrification of industrial processes using renewable energy such as solar PV-assisted electrotechnology integrated with low-cost sulfur electric thermal energy storage. The proposed research and development activities and pilot testing will validate the capability of molten sulfur thermal electric storage to store electricity and discharge heat in the temperature range of 120 to 250 degrees Celsius for various industrial applications including process heat, cooling, and electricity generation.
This Agreement will result in the ratepayer benefits of greater reliability, lower costs and increased safety by reducing fuel consumption and lowering the amount of GHG emissions. By capturing excess renewable energy generation for later reuse, SETS reduces or avoids the curtailment of renewable energy and displace the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity or process heat.