Thermal energy storage is a key enabling technology for decarbonizing both industrial energy use and electric utilities, Blaine Collison, executive director of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, said in an email. For the power sector, it is a means to manage renewables’ intermittency — instead of curtailing peak-production solar or wind, or facing low or negative pricing periods, electricity suppliers can sell the energy to industrial facilities using thermal energy storage, Collison said.

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