The Ter(r)awatt Hour of Truth – A 650°C Solution to the Climate Crisis
Thermal energy makes up more than half of all energy use – for which we burn gas and coal. At the same time solar and wind deliver energy in big spikes. Using steel we can store enormous quantities of this clean, but fluctuating energy as 650°C heat – to be later used as process, local or district heating as required. We can also reconvert this heat to electricity using a standard steam engine. Carbon-free, disruptively affordable, and with high scalability to the gigawatt level.
Philip Hiersemenzel holds degrees in economics and international relations from leading universities (JHU SAIS & LSE). He also once studied philosophy and had an investment banking career. From 2002 onwards, Philip worked as a TV journalist and press spokesman. Since he joined storage pioneer Younicos in 2010, he has been passionately explaining the potential of energy storage systems. At Lumenion Philip serves as spokesman and advisor.