Thermal Battery Plant

India became home to the world‘s first-ever thermal battery plant which was inaugurated recently in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh.

It aims to create a new energy storage form that is expected to have commercial applications, while also maintaining a low carbon footprint, and being less dependent on external factors like weather.

It will be owned by Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST).

It will have a battery capacity of 1000MW which is expected to be upgraded to a 10GW capacity by 2025.

It could provide energy solutions for electrical grids, transport and telecom services (help boost signal strength).

 Key Points:

  1. It is considered to be even better than solar energy which cannot be charged or utilized to their optimum potential after sunset or even when the skies are densely clouded.
  2. Conventional  battery  technology  work  on  basis  of  electrical  energy  and  is  based  on  system of charging and discharging cycles that are driven by electricity.
  3. Thermal battery use thermal energy to operate i.e. energy created by temperature differences.
  4. The energy transfer in this battery helps to store heat when heat travels from one part of battery setup to other.
  5. For this transmission, thermal battery consists of two parts viz. cool zone (sink) and hot source.

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