The energy transition is on the brink of a revolution. With the growing demand for renewable energies, the need to store this energy efficiently and sustainably is also increasing. Enter CMBlu Energy, a German scale-up that has developed innovative SolidFlow batteries. And now, the company has a powerful ally: Strabag. (Introduction)
CMBlu Energy and Strabag share a clear vision: they aim to create “warehouses for electricity.” With increasing energy from wind and solar plants, the need to store this energy locally becomes paramount. CMBlu Energy’s SolidFlow batteries are a game-changer in this regard. Instead of metal ions, these batteries use electrolytes made from carbon compounds. This means they can store electricity in the gigawatt-hour range for extended periods, making them a cost-effective alternative to the currently popular lithium-ion batteries.
Strabag Sees Huge Potential in CMBlu Energy
Strabag, an Austrian construction company, sees vast potential in this technology. The company recently announced a whopping 100 million euro investment in CMBlu Energy. This significant investment signals their belief in the potential and viability of this battery technology. Peter Geigle, the founder of CMBlu Energy, is thrilled about the partnership. He believes the two companies are a perfect match and together can efficiently implement large storage projects for industrial companies, municipal energy suppliers, and network operators.
What Makes SolidFlow Batteries So Special?
Unlike the common lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars, SolidFlow batteries are more akin to large tanks. Their main advantage is the use of recyclable and organic materials, making them not only more environmentally friendly but also safer. They don’t use flammable or explosive materials, making them a safer alternative to other energy storage technologies like hydrogen.
Another interesting aspect is CMBlu Energy’s connection to Austria. The company delivered the world’s first operational organic SolidFlow battery to the energy supply company Burgenland Energie in July 2023. This battery is used in the solar and wind park Schattendorf to store green electricity.
In conclusion, the partnership between CMBlu Energy and Strabag marks a significant step towards a sustainable energy future. With innovative technologies like the SolidFlow batteries, we are well on our way to creating a greener and more sustainable world.