Highview Power has today announced plans to move forward with the roll out of its cutting edge liquid air energy storage technology, unveiling proposals to build the UK’s first commercial scale cryogenic energy storage facility. The company cut the ribbon on the world’s first liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant at its facility in Bury, near Manchester, back in summer 2018, bringing online a 5MW/15MWh system. Speaking at the BloombergNEF (BNEF) summit in London this afternoon, Highview Power CEO Javier Cavada confirmed the demonstration plant had proven a success and the company is now planning to develop a 50MW/250MWh project at a decommissioned thermal power station in North of England. The news comes on the same day as gravity-based energy storage technology developer Gravitricity told the Guardian it was in talks with mine owners in the UK, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and South Africa, about deploying a full scale demonstration project for its planned energy storage system.
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British battery pioneers plan to build Europe’s largest energy storage project using a cryogenic battery that can store renewable energy for weeks rather than hours. The device will be built on the site of an old fossil fuel plant in the north of England to power up to 50,000 homes for up to five hours. Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries, which typically store electricity for a few hours, the “cryobattery” will be able to store energy for months. The UK’s first full-scale cryobattery, developed by Highview Power, uses renewable electricity to chill air to -196C, transforming it into a liquid that will be stored in large metal tanks. When renewable electricity levels are low the liquid can be turned back into gas, which is used to turn a turbine and generate electricity – but without burning the gas and releasing emissions. Highview Power claims its cryobattery will be the largest project in Europe capable of long-term energy storage. The full-scale “liquid air” battery has a capacity of 50MW or 250MWh over a five-hour release time. It follows the success of a 5MW pathfinder project built next to a landfill site in Bury, Greater Manchester, in summer 2018 with £8m of funding from Innovate UK.
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