50% of our climate challenge is heat production

It’s time to dial up the focus on renewable heating if we want to solve our climate and energy challenges.
Around 50% of the world’s energy usage relates to heat production. Yet when it comes to developing new renewable energy solutions, focus and funding have been mainly directed at power generation. Let’s not ignore the other half of the picture.

Renewable heat production

Solar Thermal is often called the world’s cheapest renewable energy source. This is especially true when we speak about flat plate panels. Unfortunately, the technology is insufficient for high-temperature applications like processing heat. Parabolic trough collectors are much better at producing high temperatures, but also at a higher cost.

At Heliac, we have developed a method that successfully unites the best of the two worlds: high-temperature yields in a low-cost solution. Currently, our technology delivers process heat up to 160 °C. Soon, we will reach the 300 °C mark, which enables us to cover a quarter of the world’s energy demands in this temperature range with affordable, carbon-free heat. Learn more about our game-changing solar thermal technology here.

Heat storage: Low-tech. High-yield.

While out storage is crucial to a flexible, renewables-based energy system, our current technologies are still inadequate. Battery solutions are expensive, and their efficiency often leaves much to be desired when put under stress. Finally, their reliance on scarce materials has turned an entire technology into a hot geopolitical issue. Heat storage, on the other hand, steers well clear of these hurdles.

At Heliac, we like to challenge conventions. And sometimes, that means pioneering an industry with age-old philosophies.

Until now, the standard practice for handling surplus electricity from renewable sources has been to offload it into the power grid as battery storage is economically unfeasible. But why not consider another alternative? One that is both financially attractive and less burdensome to the grid.

Using standard power-to-heat conversion solutions, RockStore can retain process heat at up to 300 °C. Based on century-old techniques of storing heat in rocks, our storage tanks comprise heat-absorbing rock material and natural, eco-friendly oil as the heat transfer medium.

The patented solution is as simple as it is powerful. And perhaps best of all, RockStore is far superior from an economic perspective.

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