In a move that potentially revolutionises green energy use in future cities, Galway business Xerotech is helping to pioneer a new form of energy storage.
Xerotech is joining forces with Swiss engineering player VersuchsStollen Hagerbach (VSH) and other business to fast-track a new form of underground energy storage.
The Galway-based business in August revealed plans to create 50 new jobs. Founded in 2015, Xerotech is a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems for use across construction, agriculture, mining machinery and various other applications. The technology will be pivotal in helping convert large vehicles previously dependent on fossil fuels into electrical vehicles.
“This will be a model ecosystem of sustainable energy storage and delivery, above and below ground, and how it supports green energy use in future cities”
Joining forces with VSH and other founding members, Amberg Group, Normet, Motics, Alumina and Fortescue, Xerotech will play a key role in the creation of a Sub Space Energy Hub.
Lighting up the electrical future
The Sub Space Energy Hub will pave the way for the development, prototyping and installation of new technologies that promote best practice in sustainable energy use and storage, combining both above and underground facilities.
“This facility provides a platform to continue pushing the boundaries of our next generation battery technology as we continue to break the limitations of what is possible in terms of Non-Road Mobile Machinery electrification”, said Dr. Barry Flannery, CEO of Xerotech.
“This will rapidly benefit our customers who are under increasing pressure to find viable ways to electrify vehicles that at one point were thought to be too big or difficult to convert to electric.”
Xerotech’s Hibernium platform is the market first battery system platform developed for low-volume high-diversity customers. Utilising its patented safety and thermal management technology Xerotherm, Xerotech enables electrification of “everything else” that uses internal combustion engine today.
“Together with the partners like Xerotech, VSH will be transformed into a visionary sustainable and CO2 neutral underground infrastructure where construction and operation of underground space usage will be developed, prototyped and launched,” said Michael Kompatscher, general manager at Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd.
“This will be a model ecosystem of sustainable energy storage and delivery, above and below ground, and how it supports green energy use in future cities.”