Australian energy storage company MGA Thermal has received A$560,000 in funding from global energy provider Shell after winning a â€œcall for solutionsâ€ that sought to identify viable systems for long-duration storage.
The funding will be used to accelerate the completion of the MGA Thermal Energy Storage pilot. Located at MGA Thermalâ€™s commercial manufacturing facility in Newcastle, Australia, the pilot aims to â€œgather valuable data amid the growing and urgent need for new longer-duration energy storage (LDES) solutionsâ€, a statement said.
The pilot has a planned storage capacity of 5 MWh, with charging and discharging at up to 500 kW for 10 hours. The pilot unit, approximately 12 metres long and 3 metres wide, will provide a demonstration of the technology for prospective industrial and power customers.
Data gathered will cover the charging and discharging behaviour, fluid dynamics and temperature distributions, and â€œvalidate the efficacy of mid-to-long-term thermal storage in a practical systemâ€, the statement added.