Azelio’s long-duration thermal energy storage tied to U.S. solar project for first time


Swedish cleantech company Azelio AB is bringing its intriguing long-duration energy storage product, the TES.POD, to the United States for the first time. The project location is a bit unconventional for long-duration storage: the Handi Stop Market in Fresno, Calif., which consists of a gas station, a convenience store and a fast-food outlet.

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Azelio is currently adapting its product to U.S. standards and is working toward achieving a full U.S. certification. The certification work is carried out in collaboration with MMR Group, and this project is part of that work. which is also installing the system along with Azelio.

“This is a strategically very important order for Azelio, as it helps pave the way for a broader introduction of our long-duration energy storage in the United States. I am convinced that our technology can play a great role in increasing the use of renewable energy solutions in the vast U.S. market,” says Azelio’s CEO Jonas Wallmander.

Units adapted to U.S. standards are expected to be integrated and installed at the Handi Stop Market in the first half of 2023.

Project details | The Handi Stop will combine two TES.POD units with solar power to meet half of the energy demand of the location. The combined system including solar power, will provide 140 MWhe of clean power annually, which the company says is a starting point for resiliency purposes providing stable power supply during power outages.

Handi Stop Market is placing the order on commercial terms, reflecting the fact that the units also will provide data to the certification project. The project will serve as showcase for many other potential applications in the Central Valley region in California, such as EV charging stations, walnut plantations, poultry, egg and dairy farms, wineries as well as local rural communities.

Product details | Azelio’s TES.POD stores solar energy in recycled aluminium and converts it into electricity and heat with a total efficiency of up to 90 percent, the company says. The TES.POD system’s performance has been validated by leading certification company DNV. The solution is scalable, sustainable, and cost-efficient from 0.1 MW up to 20 MW.

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