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Welcome on Board Kyoto Group
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) is glad to extend a warm welcome to its newest member, Kyoto Group, who joined EASE in December 2022. Ms Camilla Nilsson, CEO at Kyoto Group, accepted to discuss Kyoto Group's expertise in energy storage with us, and their expectations from this collaboration with EASE.
EASE: Ms Camilla Nilsson, thank you very much for accepting this interview. We are very happy to have Kyoto Group among our members and we would like to know more about your activities in the sector. Could you summarise the most interesting insights from the work of your company for energy storage?
We make renewable energy an easy choice. Kyoto is a thermal battery company, so the storage of heat. We are storing the energy as heat because that is the major demand. Our focus is to decarbonise process heat, using nothing but electricity, with a proven technology, that is available today, and take a significant role in electrifying heat.
EASE: We look forward to a very fruitful collaboration with you and to receiving Kyoto Group inputs for our Working Groups and Task Forces. What created the interest of your company to join EASE?
We know that half of the energy demand in the world is heat. We know that it is almost entirely produced by fossil fuels, and that it is responsible for 40% of the CO2 emissions today. And yet this is not talked about as a vehicle and an accelerator to decarbonise society. As a technology provider, policy maker and association, we have a responsibility to amplify our message and enable the industry to make the decision to electrify its process heat - we hold the key to make this happen.
EASE: What is your vision for how energy storage can contribute to the energy transition?
There’s now a need to replace or reduce industrial gas and help the industry to reduce their dependency on unreliable energy prices. The industry is desperate to find solutions and there’s storage technologies already available, that can help.
There is 25,900 TWh of heat needed in the industry today and half of this can be electrified (temperatures up to around 500 degrees). The market is significant, and we can tap into this and start their electrification journey today. So, our vision is to give the industry a choice.
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