EDP Utilizing Rondo Heat Batteries to Decarbonize Industrial Heat Production

March 11, 2024
The heat battery is a zero-combustion, low-cost, and safe solution to decarbonize industries using heat - from food and beverage industries to large chemical complexes and factories

EDP, a renewable energy company, has partnered with Rondo Energy, a provider of zero-carbon industrial heat and power, to supply clean industrial heat powered by wind and sun at a large-scale and affordable price. 

The companies are focusing on Rondo heat battery installations powered by renewable electricity from decentralized solar projects and long-term contracts of wind and solar EDP assets.

EDP will develop wind and solar parks - large-scale and distributed projects - which will be co-located with the Rondo heat battery. The heat battery is a zero-combustion, low-cost, and safe solution to decarbonize industries using heat - from food and beverage industries to large chemical complexes and factories. 

The batteries capture intermittent electric power and convert it into continuous high-temperature heat, with an option to deliver continuous power through a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration. 

EDP is aiming to be 100% green by 2030. Being a global supplier of energy and renewable solutions from SMEs to large industrial clients will enable EDP to deploy Rondo heat batteries as a simple drop-in replacement for traditional gas-fired boilers for its customers aiming to lower costs and decarbonize. 

Project deliveries with EDP are expected to start in 2025.

“Working together, Rondo and EDP will deliver 24-hour clean heat to industrial customers at prices competitive with gas and without any factory facility changes,” said John O'Donnell, CEO of Rondo Energy.

The partnership will help replace the fossil fuel burned for industrial heat, which currently releases 15% of the world's CO2 emissions. Repowering industrial heat with renewable energy worldwide is a 7 TW opportunity to combat climate change. 

According to a SystemIQ study on industrial heat, heat battery deployment is capable of reducing world greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, which includes the benefits heat batteries bring to the electricity system and eliminate combustion of fossil gas by up to 40%. 

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Rod Walton is senior editor for EnergyTech.com. He has spent 14 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist.

Walton formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

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