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[en] A composite material was developed as sorbent for sorption thermal energy storage (TES) which was used to recycle the low-temperature heat in industry and life fields in this study. The composite sorbent was formed by strontium bromide (SrBr_2) and the additive of expanded natural graphite treated with sulfuric acid (ENG-TSA). Sorption characteristics, kinetic sorption performance, thermal conductivity and permeability of 15 samples were studied. The material test results indicated the following: (1) the composite SrBr_2 is of high energy density and good mass transfer performance; (2) it can be regenerated below 100 °C; (3) the additive of ENG-TSA greatly improves the heat transfer performance, while no degradation is observed on sorption water uptake; (4) the optimal composite sorbent is of 743 kg/m"3 and with 10 wt% ENG-TSA. An lab-scale sorption TES system with 1 kWh design capacity was established and investigated. Under the conditions in winter seasons: charging temperature T_c_h_a is 80 °C, discharging temperature T_d_i_s is 35 °C, condensing temperature T_c is 15 °C, evaporating temperature T_e is 15 °C, the heat storage capacity can reach 1.02 kWh. The heat storage density obtained is 242 Wh/kg composite sorbent and the heat discharging power is 67.4 kW/m"3 composite sorbent. - Highlights: • A new type of consolidated composite SrBr_2 sorbent was developed. • We tested the thermal properties and sorption performance of samples. • The optimal composite sorbent was chosen for thermal energy storage. • A 1 kWh sorption thermal energy prototype was investigated.