WE'RE ON A MISSION TO START AN ENERGY REVOLUTION
Electrified Thermal Solutions started at MIT in the noisy laboratory basement of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. The goal was simple: start an energy revolution.
We knew that a zero-carbon world needed a new heat source to replicate the temperature and intensity of fossil fuels, but we didn’t yet know how to convert abundant alternative energy to high temperature heat.
Rewind to 2014 when we first began exploring technical solutions. We were convinced that an existing technology, applied in a new way, would serve industrial heating needs, but we continually found that incumbent solutions failed. First, we considered metallic heater wire, but found that the wires burned out when run at high temperatures. Then, we tried ceramic heaters, but they were more expensive than metallic wire and almost impossible to implement at industrial scales. Finally, we investigated graphite flaked bricks, but the graphite oxidized rapidly upon contact with air, which eliminated their electric heating capability.
Existing solutions failed to meet the cost, maintenance, and temperature requirements. We needed something better.
After our string of failures, we went back to fundamentals and investigated modifying common materials called “firebricks” already well-known to store heat and survive the hottest industrial processes on earth. If we could modify these bricks to function as electrical heaters, they could easily absorb excess electricity and convert it to high temperature heat, enabling the energy revolution.
After years of research, we created the Joule Hive, our electrically heated firebrick system that turns intermittent renewable electricity into on-demand, flame-temperature heat, built from cheap abundant materials with decades of lifetime.
Join us as we work to replace fossil fuels with renewable heat in every furnace, turbine, boiler and kiln to decarbonize industry by 2050.
Meet The Team
"Electrified Thermal’s technology uses electricity to heat oxide bricks, or “firebricks,” that are used to heat up the compounds that create cement and other chemicals. This process replaces the use of fossil fuels to produce industrial materials, which contributes to nearly 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S."
"The EPA says 24% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States are from heavy industry. The agency says renewable heat, which is produced by renewable sources of energy, provides a cost-effective energy source, can be more reliable than fossil fuels and traditional electricity, and helps lower emissions."