Starting November 2016, Elestor has successfully carried out out a number of pilots in the field, working under real conditions and connected to renewable energy sources and the grid. The purpose of these pilots was twofold:
1) To demonstrate fundamental proper working
Due to the high scalability of the technology, proper fundamental functioning could already be demonstrated on a limited scale. A large system is in fact only ‘more of the same’, but fundamentally not different from a small system: More membrane stacks deliver more power and larger volumes of active materials deliver more capacity.
This gave Elestor the advantage to start field tests on a limited scale, while the results are representative for large systems.
2) To obtain formal approval from the authorities
Already in an early stage the importance was recognized of learning under what conditions Elestor’s HBr storage can be installed in the built environment. Therefore, a second important goal of these pilots was to have these lessons learned, prior to starting the design of larger systems.
Elestor’s systems are 100% self-contained. Nothing goes in our out… except electricity!