Israeli thermal energy storage company Brenmiller Energy – which uses crushed rock to hold heat that can be released on demand as steam, hot water or hot air – is entering the Brazilian market .
Last week, a Brenmiller unit was installed at a factory of the Fortlev company in Anápolis.
Fortlev is one of the leading water storage solutions companies in Brazil, specializing in products such as water tanks, tanks, cisterns, treatment plants, pipes and fittings.
Brenmiller storage units, already in use in Israel, the United States, Romania and Italy, seek to help industry break free from its dependence on fossil fuels.
Its units include electric heaters that can be heated by any energy source, from solar and wind to the grid during off-peak hours. They can also incorporate heat from exhaust pipes, heat recovery or, as in the case of Fortlev, the combustion of biomass – plant-based materials.
The heat is retained by the high temperature crushed rock.
Hot air, steam and hot water are used for heating and sterilization in a variety of industrial settings, from manufacturing, food production and meat processing to commercial laundries and hospitals.
In the coming years, Fortlev plans to expand its use of the Israeli company’s technology at its production facilities in Anápolis and seven additional sites in Brazil.
It will also create a production line for Brenmiller’s storage units in Brazil, according to a statement from Brenmiller.
Brenmiller’s deputy CEO, Doron Brenmiller, said a full rollout could cut energy costs at Forlev’s largest production plant by 75% and reduce global warming emissions by 48,000 tonnes a year, or equivalent to those emitted by 10,500 cars in one year.
Brenmiller recently listed its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange and now trades simultaneously in New York and Tel Aviv.