Instead of lithium, the German company relies on carbon compounds that are modeled on the human organism and uses them to develop organic energy storage molecules. According to CMBlu Energy, the result should be a “green, cost-effective, freely scalable energy storage device that can be adapted to many requirements for electrical power up to the gigawatt range”. The first storage facilities are to be set up in central Burgenland in the second half of 2022.
In order to make Burgenland energy self-sufficient by 2030 and “to end drug addiction to oil and gas, we need a storage capacity of 100 megawatts with a volume of 300 megawatt hours,” explained BE board member Sharma. “That would mean that we have solved the storage problem in Burgenland,” said Doskozil – it should be ready by 2025. The approximately 1,000 m2 large “Hall of Legends” in the winery would be enough to accommodate the necessary storage for the whole country, stored on top of each other like the wine barrels are now.
CMBlu founder Geigle reserved the right to add a little water to the wine of euphoria: the storage facilities are “not quite ready yet”, which is why Burgenland Energie is also such an important development partner. However, he is convinced that the storage systems will also work on a large scale. The technology will also be competitive in terms of price, it must be cheaper than lithium technology.
The signed cooperation agreement between the state energy supplier and CMBlu runs until 2030, BE is the sales partner of the technology in Austria. There are no further entanglements. They “didn’t specifically talk about participation models,” says Geigle: “CMBlu is very, very well financed.”