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German city refitting coal bunker with TES tanks

Ben Welter - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A remnant of the coal age is making way for a thermal energy storage project in Münster, Germany.

Renewables International reports that the city is investing $1.9 million to install four hot water tanks in an old coal bunker. The system will use off-peak electricity from the grid to generate and store heat for use during hours of peak demand. Electric heaters reacting to energy price fluctuations will charge the 2-million-liter tanks, which will be linked to the city's district heating system


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