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  • 1414 Degrees has signed MoU’s with Nectar Farms, Ampcontrol and BE Power Solutions
  • Together, they will develop SmartFarm projects using 1414 Degrees’ Thermal Energy Storage Solution (TESS)
  • Northern Adelaide Plains greenfield site is of particular interest
  • TESS stores energy generated from electricity or gas and supplies heat and electricity in the proportions required by consumers
  • Nectar Farms is establishing an $80 million advanced protected cropping SmartFarm facility in Victoria
  • TESS is expected to revolutionise the approach of Australian and international industry to energy storage and heat generation

1414 Degrees has partnered with heavyweight technical, agribusiness and finance partners to develop SmartFarm projects using its Thermal Energy Storage Solution (TESS).

1414 Degrees is focused on building a sustainable energy future, making energy “available to all, at all times”.

Its TESS system is said to be unlike any other energy storage system in the world.

The company’s technology stores energy generated from electricity or gas and supplies heat and electricity in the proportions required by consumers. The system will be low-cost and sustainable.

The company is working with Ampcontrol and renewable energy project developer, BE Power Solutions to find opportunities across Australia.

On May 1 2019, 1414 Degrees signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ampcontrol and BE Power Solutions to undertake feasibility and potential projects, including protected cropping renewable powered glasshouse (SmartFarm) developments.

In particular, the companies are examining the greenfield site in the Northern Adelaide Plains. That project will allow 1414 Degrees to integrate its grid scale TESS-GRID system, into a protected cropping farm development by Nectar Farms Management.

According to 1414 Degrees Executive Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty, the early feasibility stages of the northern Adelaide site were expected to progress during the current quarter.

The Adelaide site sits across from a distribution substation at a South Australian Water site, which houses a generator embedded on the National Electricity Market (NEM). The company plans to use the substation to supply and generate electricity from the TESS-GRID while providing heat to Nectar Farms.

Nectar Farms is a horticulture company who’s currently establishing an $80 million advanced protected cropping SmartFarm facility in Victoria, Australia.

The SmartFarm project is meant to be more economical than concentrated solar power, as a replacement for fossil fuelled advanced greenhouse farms.

“We see enormous synergy between Nectar Farms – which has a stated aim to protect the environment through clean energy, resource conservation, clever planning and the entrepreneurial model of 1414 Degrees,” 1414 Degrees Executive Chairman Dr Kevin said.

The company also signed an MoU with Nectar Farms on July 27 2019. Together, they will, undertake feasibility for a SmartFarm, using the TESS technology. To do so, the companies will approach financial institutions for support and focus on product development.

“The Nectar Farms project presents a terrific opportunity for the potential of our technology to revolutionise the approach of Australian and international industry to energy storage and heat generation. Several other development sites in SA and Victoria will be assessed,” Kevin said.

BE Power is currently developing more than 300 megawatts of renewable energy projects across grid-connected solar power systems, utility scale batteries, pumped hydro and biogas power disciplines.

Ampcontrol will assess the TESS technology to ensure its safety and efficiency.

1414 Degrees has estimated the variety of energy trading options.

“Scenarios for energy trading range from those based on contracts for supply from an aggregator to direct exposure to wholesale pricing – and combinations of both,” Kevin concluded.

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