The Thermal Battery is a latent heat storage system based on the utilisation of the so-called “undercooled liquid”. Undercooled liquid is a state also utilised in heat cushions. In terms of thermodynamics, it signifies the temperature drop of a fluid below the regular freezing point, without the fluid actually becoming solid. The undercooled liquid has a lower temperature than its aggregation would suggest. In this state, latent heat can be stored long term and released selectively via crystallisation. This technology puts an end to the imperative of direct consumption for renewable energy.
Latent heat storage
Some companies apply the term “latent heat storage” very broadly, just basing it on the involvement of a PCM (phase change material). At present, only HM offers a latent heat storage system which also utilises the state of undercooled liquid. Further distinction is provided by the difference between passive latent heat storage (without intervention, heat is stored / released during the phase change) and active latent heat storage (the heat release is triggered manually, utilising the undercooled liquid).
The SU-C version of the Thermal Battery is composed of a set of identical stainless steel cylinders (diameter approx. 500 mm, height approx. 2.000 mm).
The heat introduced from renewable sources is stored long term in the single cylinders, utilising the storage medium sodium acetate trihydrate. Due to the modular concept, it is possible to customise the Thermal Battery for different and changing requirements. Furthermore, it is easy to implement upgrades on the project.
LOT: Latent on top.
Our first model LOT can be used as a stainless steel cylinder for conventional storage, while also featuring the first application of the latent heat storage functionality via undercooled liquid.
As of now, the Thermal Battery technology is not available in large-scale production. Our target group is first and foremost the type of aspiring builder not singularly focused on his / her amortisation calculation. Being a Thermal Battery early adopter means taking part in the implementation of a new technology. For the efficient application of the system it is necessary to determine if all the necessary prerequisites are fulfilled. A checklist is available for discussion between the involved parties (builder, installer, HM).
Consulting. Planning. Installation.
i-Select is the distribution program providing all the components and packages for the Thermal Battery. System packages containing solar panels, Thermal Battery system, Thermal Battery control as well as energy saving radiators are available through our professional partner network.