MiniStor began development in early December 2019 with the goal of creating greener home heating while allowing homeowners to save a considerable amount of money per year.
In words of the director of IERC, Professor Tony Day, its operation will be as follows: ”It is based on salts and special phase change materials. The heat will be obtained from the sun, will be collected using a hybrid solar panel (provided by the company EndeF) and will be stored in the new salt storage system.”
The stored thermal energy can be released for use when necessary. Also, excess electricity from the sun can be stored in a battery and sold to the grid or used later. ”
MiniStor is expected to have 10.6 times the thermal storage capacity of more conventional water-based systems and, if widely implemented, could help reduce about 3,400 tons of CO2 equivalent each year.
EndeF works hand in hand on this project, along with 17 other entities from around Europe, which include research groups, companies, non-profit organizations and local authorities.
If you want to know more about this project and follow its progress and updates, do not hesitate to visit the MiniStor website and social networks!