Innovative thermal energy storage helping to utilize waste heat
As part of its global footprint, Tata Steel operates various production facilities in IJmuiden / The Netherlands. During some production processes, intermittent high temperature exhausts are currently not utilized, but released to atmosphere.
Tata Steel is constantly aiming to improve its carbon footprint within its focus on sustainability. In order to use its energy most environmentally friendly, one IJmuiden facility now intends to utilize its exhaust gas energy from production to cover some of the own energy demand of the facility. This plan also includes the creation of an energy storage for internal batch production.
The EnergyNest technology can support Tata Steel achieving its carbon footprint reduction targets. Its novel Thermal Energy Storage (TES) allows to capture current waste heat and to make it accessible for later use, providing an economic benefit. This economic benefit relates mainly to savings in natural gas consumption, and consequently to CO2 emission reduction. The EnergyNest TES is easy to integrate and operate since it contains no moving parts – the complete solution for “energy-on-demand” will be developed together with Jord as plant engineering and EPC provider. Adopting this innovative technology, Tata Steel in IJmuiden will strengthen the facility’s status as a technology frontrunner by increased utilization of resources.
About EnergyNest: EnergyNest (EN) is a young technology company based in Billingstad, close to the Norwegian capital Oslo. Founded in 2011, EN has developed a unique and patented design for a modular solid-state thermal energy storage (“TES”) systems and a tailored solid state storage medium (HEATCRETE®) that enables a very simple, efficient, and low cost energy storage system ( “EN technology”). The EN technology can be applied in various market segments, that require high temperature thermal energy storage for many hours or days. EN’s technology is field proven at the Masdar Insitutue, UAE.
About Tata Steel’s European operations: Tata Steel is Europe’s second largest steel producer, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction, automotive, packaging, lifting & excavating, energy and aerospace. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the world’s largest steel producers, with a steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and 75,000 employees across five continents.
About Jord: Jord Oil & Gas Systems B.V. is a Rotterdam based company that designs, manufactures, commissions, and services custom-engineered process equipment, modular skids, and turnkey plants for the steel, oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical industries.