The Future Energy Lab (FEL) in Budel is the first physical Metalot site. The activities here focus on (further) development of successful test set-ups that have outgrown the laboratory phase and are ready for the next step. The FEL is equipped to allow testing and development on a larger scale and partners are working together intensively in this environment to create the metal fuel technology of the future.
The energy transition is gaining unstoppable momentum. This huge societal challenge calls for collaboration at a level that transcends organisational boundaries. The Ironfuel platform helps with this, as does the Metalot community and the collaboration with the students of SOLID. The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Metal Power involves burning metal powder as a sustainable alternative to natural gas and coal. A completely CO2-free and circular energy system can be created by using green hydrogen to reduce the residual product (rust). Metalot and its partners are working every day to accelerate the development of Metal Power technology and bring it to the market. Applications include converting coal fired power stations to a sustainable technology, heat-intensive operating processes, high-temperature processes in the chemical industry, long-term storage of renewable energy and the possibility of importing renewable energy from abroad.
Long-term and large-scale storage of renewable energy is crucially important for successfully balancing supply and demand for this form of energy. Metalot is researching a range of promising technologies and, together with its partners, investigating how these technologies can be developed further and ultimately brought to market.
Hydrogen is seen as an important component of our future energy system. At present, the entire hydrogen domain is developing strongly, and market demand remains difficult to judge. What is clear is that a great deal of research and development will be required before affordable green hydrogen becomes available in sufficient quantities. Metalot is working with its partners to accelerate innovative technologies for generating, storing and applying hydrogen. This form of energy is expected to be used by industry, in heavy transport, in the built environment and for mobility.