E2S Power AG was incorporated as a joint venture between SS&A Power Development and WIKA Group, a global leader in the field of measurements technology. The purpose of the company is to develop and implement thermal energy storage with a major focus on retrofitting and repurposing existing coal fired plants.
Our solution is based on a concept to utilize most of the infrastructure of coal fired plants and turn them into fossil-fuel free energy storage plants. For this we developed a technology that converts surplus electrical energy into heat using novel storage materials developed by our Australian partners MGA Thermal and, then returns that stored energy in a form of superheated steam running existing steam turbines and generators. This technology is superior compared to existing solutions enabling super-fast charging of the system, near to 100% conversion of electricity to heat and very high storage capacity enabling utility scale storage fitting into existing power plant plots, and moreover offering the lowest levelized cost of storing electricity.
E2S Power thermal energy storage technology is using innovative concept of electrical charging based on direct resistive heating of the storage modules, which enables utilization of AC current, with voltage and current levels identical to those at generator terminals. In this way the amount of necessary additional electrical equipment is minimized and, additional frequency converters/inverters or AC/DC converters can be avoided. Utilization of this charging system enables rapid charging, with less than 1-hour charging time to reach the full storage capacity.
We’re currently designing, building and testing a lab-size demonstrator. In the next stage, starting 2021, we will be building a pilot unit for full-scale validation of our product in the field.
KEY TEAM MEMBERS
Fabrizio de Candia
Project Director Energy Storage
Fabrizio has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including development, investment, operations, and engineering and construction in Europe, North America and India. He was a founding member of IPP InterGen and his senior management experience includes roles such as General Manager Gas Power Plants at Alstom in Italy and North America, and Group Vice President at Circor International. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for NTR, Plc, a leading renewable energy company. He holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has attended the INSEAD Advance Management program at INSEAD Fontainebleau and Singapore.
Dr. Vladimir Vassiliev
Vladimir’s international career in power systems technologies stretches over 25 years, primarily in the gas-turbine and aircraft-engine sectors. His R&D expertise is in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, as well as in integration of thermal power systems. At E2S Power, Vladimir directs and oversees all R&D efforts and interfaces with external technology partners and suppliers. He received his Master’s degree from Moscow Physical-Technical University and a doctoral degree from Moscow’s Central Institute of Aviation Motors.
Prof. Erich Kisi
Erich is the CEO of MGA Thermal Pty Ltd, a company dedicated to the provision of cost effective scalable thermal energy storage materials and associated knowhow. He is also a Professor in Materials Science at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He has more than 35 years of experience in academic and applied research including 26 years as leader of the Structure of Advanced Materials group. Erich is a co-inventor of the patented Miscibility Gap Alloy (MGA) thermal energy storage materials with 8 years of development experience in that field.
Dr. Sergey Pancheshnyi
Physics & Electronics
Sergey has over 25 years of industrial and academic R&D experience in energy and environment sectors, having held a variety of technical and leadership positions in companies of different sizes across Europe. He supports engineering organizations and high-tech companies in the domain of medium- and high-voltage apparatus and systems, plasma physics and applications. Sergey received advanced degrees in plasma physics and chemistry from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia and University Paul Sabatier, France.
Zoran has more than 17 years of professional engineering experience in various industries such as oil&gas and thermal power generation. Before joining E2S Power, he built his career in several companies starting as a mechanical design engineer and progressing to project leadership roles. His primary expertise is in the field of design, modeling, and documentation relating to complex piping systems, steam boilers, and other types of pressurized industrial equipment. Zoran holds an M.Sc. degree from Belgrade University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
Ratko brings over 15 years of industrial engineering experience in the field of thermal power systems, boilers, pipelines and pressure equipment. His international work assignments brought him to manufacturing and assembly facilities in a number of countries like Serbia, Germany, Brazil, and Australia. His main expertise is in all forms of technical documentation, design calculations, the production of assembly drawings and detailed documentation for technical support. Ratko graduated from Belgrade University with an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Djordje recently obtained his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He completed his thesis at the Department of Automatic Control, where he worked on the implementation of system identification and controller synthesis in industrial automation. Djordje joined the E2S Power team shortly before his graduation in 2019, being excited about the opportunity to start his professional career in the field of advanced storage technologies.