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The aim of the project is to convert existing fossil-fired plants into heat storage power plants.

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In order to successfully decarbonise the energy supply, it is necessary to convert district and process heat generation to renewable energy sources in the near future. One possible building block for climate-neutral operation based on renewable energy sources could be the conversion of existing fossil-fired plants into heat storage power plants. The SecöndLife research project, together with the industrial partner PCK Raffinerie GmbH in Schwedt/Oder, is therefore investigating which concepts are best suited to converting existing combined heat and power generation plants for a future climate-neutral supply of district and process heat.

IKEM is supporting the project with its legal expertise on sector coupling. In addition to technical and economic factors, this forms the basis for an evaluation tool for plant dimensioning and energy system analysis, with which the stakeholders involved can make investment decisions for heat storage power plants.


SecöndLife - Systemic and economic potential for the decarbonisation of process heat generation using heat storage power plants

Principal: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Funding programme: Klimaneutrale Wärme und Kälte

Project partner: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Enerfinity GmbH , PCK Raffinerie GmbH , Technische Universität Berlin

Duration: 01/2024–12/2026