Large components of the first commercial pilot of a molten silicon energy storage system are on their way to SA Water’s Glenelg WasteWater Treatment Plant.

1414 Degrees’ biogas Thermal Energy Storage System (GAS-TESS) will use world-leading technology to store energy generated from biogases created during wastewater treatment to increase the plant’s energy self-sufficiency.

SA Water Chief Executive, Roch Cheroux, said it was exciting that local innovation was being facilitated in the essential service’s push for a zero cost energy future.

“Embracing innovative, world-leading technology and ways of thinking is essential to reducing our electricity costs and maintaining low and stable pricing for our customers,” said Mr Cheroux.

The project is co-funded by 1414 Degrees and the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund, while a partnership with SA Water provides an environment to pilot the system’s ability to integrate energy storage and heat with industrial operations.

Kevin Moriarty, Executive Chairman of 1414 Degrees, said mobilising to site was an important step in demonstrating the technology’s ability.

“We expect to commission the GAS-TESS in March 2019 and provide immediate returns for SA Water, while at the same time building a foundation for the wider application of the 1414 Degrees technology at similar sites across the globe,” said Dr Moriarty.

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