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EnergyNest and Azteq to pioneer night-time solar for global packaging company

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Thermal battery storage company EnergyNest has announced it has entered an agreement with solar thermal developer Azteq to integrate a ThermalBattery system at a new concentrated solar thermal (CST) plant at the Avery Dennison production unit in Turnhout, Belgium.
EnergyNest and Azteq to pioneer night-time solar for global packaging company
Gemasolar CSP plant in Seville, Spain. Wikimedia Commons.

Renewable energy from the platform is already under production. The facility will be the largest installation of parabolic mirrors within an industrial facility in Europe and will supply carbon-free renewable solar energy to power the drying ovens for the production lines used in the coating process of adhesive products manufactured at the site.

The ThermalBattery storage unit is composed of six modules and will store excess solar energy, dispatching it at night, thereby helping to achieve Avery Dennison’s emissions reduction target of 70 percent as part of its 2030 sustainability targets.

“This is our largest project to date and another step in our vision to accelerate the energy transition by addressing single biggest lever of decarbonisation: industrial heat” said EnergyNest CEO Dr. Christian Thiel. “For us, it not only demonstrates both the commercial viability and the diverse applications of our battery, but also how quickly we can provide solutions to industrial customers wanting to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels significantly: engineering, construction and installation are all scheduled to happen in less than a year”.

Koen Vermout, Co-Founder and CEO of Azteq, added that with the storage solution of EnergyNest, Azteq can produce high temperature thermal energy based on CST technology day and night.

Construction of the facility will enable Avery Dennison to take a big step towards reducing the CO2 emissions of its packaging production, as well as its ambition to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The project also represents an important milestone in the commercial proliferation of the ThermalBattery technology and also proves that CO2 reduction for industrial production can be achieved with current technologies.

Industrial heat is one of the major and yet largely untapped opportunities to reduce emissions on a massive scale, accounting for 10 percent of global greenhouse gas according to ITIF Aspen Institute. That is more than the emissions of cars and planes combined.

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