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How heat batteries promise a cleaner future in industrial manufacturing

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🗞️ Driving the news: Antora Energy, a California-based startup, recently announced its intention to open a large-scale manufacturing facility in San Jose, which is predicted to significantly boost the production of modular heat batteries, which could aid in transitioning heavy industries away from fossil fuels

🔭 The context: Industrial manufacturing processes, responsible for producing essential materials like glass, steel, and cement, require extremely high temperatures, often surpassing 1,000 or 1,500°C
• Currently, the primary source of this intense heat is the combustion of fossil fuels
• Heat batteries offer a cleaner solution by storing heat generated from renewable energy sources

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Heat batteries can play a pivotal role in decarbonizing heavy industries
• By storing excess renewable energy and providing a cleaner heat source, these batteries can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels
• Companies like Rondo Energy and Kraftblock are also making strides in this sector, indicating a growing trend towards sustainable industrial heat solutions

⏭️ What's next: The heat-battery industry is still in its infancy, but experts are optimistic about its potential
• Blaine Collison, from the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, believes that heat batteries are on the brink of significant scaling
• Their flexibility and ability to address multiple challenges simultaneously make them a promising solution for the future

💬 One quote: “Heat batteries may not be the only solution to the industrial heat problem, but they are certainly an exciting field to keep a close eye on.” (June Kim, MIT Technology Review)

📈 One stat: According to the International Energy Agency, industrial heat, primarily sourced from fossil fuel combustion, is responsible for 20% of global carbon emissions

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