Lignite plants in the service of green energy – The case of thermal storage

Nikos Mantzaris, Green Tank’s senior policy analyst, participated in the two-day conference “Renewable & Storage Forum” organized successfully by energypress.

Specifically, Nikos Mantzaris participated in the 7th session of the conference on “Energy Storage” together with Stavros Papathanassiou, professor of NTUA, Gioula Tsiknakou, Director of Hydroelectric Works, TERNA Energy, Giannis Vougiouklakis of GIZ, Stelios Psomas, energy consultant and Apostolos Panos, head of energy management of Enel Green Power Hellas. The panel discussion was coordinated by the director of energypress Thodoros Panagoulis.

After the in-depth speeches of the previous speakers on various dimensions related to pump hydro energy storage and batteries, the most mature energy storage technologies to date, Nikos Mantzaris presented the main features of two emerging storage technologies: Thermal energy storage resulting from the conversion of lignite plants (currently under retirement), and chemical energy storage methods in the form of hydrogen, as well as the level of technological maturity of the many applications of hydrogen use (transport, buildings, industry and electricity) on the way to achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

You can watch all the presentations of the energypress conference here and the presentation by Nikos Mantzaris here (in Greek):