Dr Adam Robinson: Exergy3 grid scale thermal energy storage


Classroom4, Hudson Beare Building, Kings Buildings (and online via MS Teams)


Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:00

We are pleased to announce our next speaker, Dr Adam Robinson, next Thursday 26th May 2pm-3pm.

The talk will take place in Classroom 4 inside the Hudson Beare Building and online via MS Teams.


Energy storage is currently the missing link between energy use and the temporal variation in the power supplied by renewable generation. A novel ultra-high temperature thermal storage technology has been developed at the University of Edinburgh. This approach unlock energy densities superior to mechanical and comparable to electro-chemical methods, whilst not being limited by location or cycle degradation, or the need to use rare construction materials. The technology is being spun out from the university as Exergy3. Exergy3 are currently working with Doosan Babcock and SSE on a BEIS project to use thermal energy stored from renewables as a direct replacement for natural gas and other fuels in thermal power plants and steam boilers. (https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/beis-unveils-nearly-7m-long-duration...).

Dr Adam Robinson (UoE) and his team will introduce the technology before discussing the findings of the BEIS project in a technical, commercial and economic sense.


Adam Robinson is a lecturer in Mechanical engineering at the University of Edinburgh of Edinburgh and a founder of Exergy3 (https://www.exergy3.com/) a spinout aiming to use a novel thermal energy storage technology to decarbonise power generation and industrial process. He has been with IES since 2010 and his current main interest is energy storage, which will be a key component in the low carbon sustainable energy systems of the future. He is currently working to resolve some of the key challenges related to energy storage, recovery and engineering at ultra-high temperatures.

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