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Highview Power names new CEO as company chief moves to “outside organisation”

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 14:35 -- paul Crompton
Highview Power appoints Adrian Katzew, next CEO

Liquid air energy storage developer Highview Power has appointed Adrian Katzew, as the next CEO of the global group of companies.

The founder and former CEO of Mexican renewable energy firm Zuma Energía will commence his role with Highview next month in the role of deputy CEO and CEO designate.

Katzew will assume full leadership on 1 January, 2022, after a three month transition period where he will work with Highview chairman Colin Roy, and its CEO Javier Cavada. 

At that time, Cavada— who joined the firm in 2018 to drive international deployment— will continue serving as a non-executive director of the board. 

Cavada will commence a new executive role with an “outside organisation” after 1 January.

Roy said: “It is in the nature of technology growth companies that they require different types of leaders for different stages of development. Now is the time for us to capitalise on our first-mover advantage as we build out the project pipeline, construct our plants – and expand the capabilities of the company across key global markets.”

Katzew said: “We are currently witnessing an unprecedented transformation of energy systems across the globe for renewable energy sources, and Highview Power’s long duration storage is a critical piece of the solution. 

“Highview Power’s liquid air energy storage technology is positioned to be a catalyst for decarbonisation and to be one of the global energy storage leaders in driving energy transition forward.”

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Highview Power and MAN Energy Solutions partner in unique LAES project

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:54 -- Vic
HighviewPower 50MW 250MWh CRYOBattery

MAN Energy Solutions has signed a contract to provide its liquid air energy storage (LAES) turbomachinery solution to Highview Power’s CRYOBattery™ facility following the agreement previously reached by the companies in April 2021.

Highview is constructing a 50 MW liquid-air, energy-storage facility— with a minimum of 250MWh— in Greater Manchester, UK.

Wayne Jones OBE, chief sales officer and member of the Executive Board of MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Carrington is a unique project and a litmus test for the future of zero-carbon storage technology, not just in the United Kingdom but globally. 

"Simply put, the technology’s potential is limitless– we already see multiple opportunities for its further application beyond this project’s successful conclusion.”

The liquid-air energy-storage plant uses cryogenically liquefied air to store energy. 

Off-peak or excess electrical energy is used to compress ambient air and liquefy it in the charging cycle. The liquefied air is stored at low temperatures in insulated tanks.

When power is required, liquid air is drawn from the tanks and evaporated again in the discharging cycle to generate electricity.

LAES is especially suitable for special applications that require large amounts of energy over a discharge time of several hours, and enables fluctuating, renewable sources to bear base-loads.

The MAN turbomachinery train will form the core of the CRYOBattery facility that, upon completion, will form one of Europe’s largest battery-storage systems. 

This will ultimately supply clean, reliable, and cost-efficient long-duration energy storage– primarily from renewable sources.

Construction of the CRYOBattery™ began in late 2020 with commercial operation set to commence during 2022. 

Highview Power will operate the facility in partnership with Carlton Power, a UK independent power-station developer.

Read the story of LEAS and Highview Power in the summer issue of BEST here.

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Billion-dollar deal will see Highview Power deploy 2GWh of liquid air energy storage in Europe

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 09:06 -- paul Crompton
Billion-dollar deal will see Highview Power deploy 2GWh of liquid air energy storage in Europe

Energy storage firm Highview Power is set to develop up to 2GWh of liquid air energy storage projects to help Spain move towards its net zero emissions target.

An estimated investment of around $1 billion will see up to seven CRYOBattery™ projects ranging from 50MW/300MWh in Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, and the Canary Islands.

The projects will be realised alongside development partners and a consortium of investors, which include engineering company TSK, and the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT). 

Highview Power’s technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and delivers critical grid stability services, like synchronous inertia, short circuit and dynamic voltage control. 

Spain adopted the National Energy and Climate Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23% by the close of the decade.

Read more about liquid air technology in our interview with Highview Power in the Summer edition of BEST mag out in July. Click here to ensure you receive your copy.

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Alternative energy storage technologies to challenge electrochemistry

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 10:58 -- Vic

A raft of alternative energy storage technologies is making headway in the long-duration energy storage system (ESS) market.

Cold air storage

A 50MW liquid-air energy storage (LAES) system, with a minimum of 250MWh, is under construction in Manchester, UK. 

Highview Power, an energy storage company, will operate the facility in partnership with Carlton Power, a UK independent power station developer.

MAN Energy Solutions will provide their LAES turbomachinery solution for the CRYOBattery plant, which will be one of the largest battery energy storage systems in Europe.

The facility will provide long-duration energy storage, and will facilitate grid services by helping to integrate renewables and stabilise the regional grid.

Phase one of construction will involve installation of a ‘stability island’ using a generator and flywheel to offer energy-grid stabilisation. 

Short-term stabilisation will provide the basis for phase two and the installation of the liquid air ESS comprised of compressors, expanders and cryogenic equipment. 

These allow the air to be cleaned, dried refrigerated, compressed and expanded in stages until it liquefies and can be stored. Phase two enables the integration of stability services with a full-scale, long-duration ESS using renewable energy.

The facility is due to begin commercial operations in 2022.

Heavy weights

Scottish innovator Gravitricity has successfully tested a 250kW demonstrator rig using two 25-tonne weights. 

Their gravity-powered ‘battery’ works by raising heavy weights in a deep shaft when there is excess renewable energy available, and lowering them when energy is needed.

The £1million ($1.38million), 12-metre-high test rig was funded by Innovate UK and delivered in tandem with controls specialist ISC and industrial partners, Dutch winch manufacturer Huisman.

The demonstrator has been built above ground at Port Leith, Scotland. 

Future projects intend to use decommissioned mine shafts, where possible, or purpose-sunk shafts. 

With a life expectancy of more than 25 years the storage technology offers an alternative to batteries, with no cycle limit or degradation over time. 

The power output can vary dependent on demand and go from zero to full power in less than one second.

The company is in discussion with mine owners in the UK, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland and South Africa.

Hot rocks

Following investment of $12million by Danish Power and fibre-optic group Andel, Stiesdal Storage Technologies is preparing to deploy its grid-scale thermal technology.

The pumped-heat ESS uses pea-sized crushed basalt, rock in insulated steel tanks with the stored energy released by turbine.

SST CEO Peder Riis Nickelsen said: “The cost of crushed stone is at a totally different level per unit of energy than practically any other material for energy storage. Our charging and discharging system can utilise well-known technologies that have been applied for a century within other industries and are well-suited for mass production.”

The cost of materials is estimated to be €10 ($12) per kWh.

The first demonstration project, a 1-2MW, 24h capacity unit, will be installed at a power plant in Denmark next year, and will operate commercially.

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JV aims to tap into Latin America’s renewable potential with gigawatt-scale cryogenic energy storage

Thu, 11/05/2020 - 09:44 -- paul Crompton

London headquartered Highview Power has entered into a joint venture agreement to co-develop 50MW/400MWh and 100MW/800MWh cryogenic energy storage projects in Latin American with Chile's backup power generation provider Energía Latina S.A.-Enlasa.

The joint venture, named Highview Enlasa, aims to open up the Latin American energy markets to baseload renewable energy potential by pairing long-duration storage to renewable energy sources.

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UK Government awards $12M grant for first commercial liquid air ESS facility

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:23 -- paul Crompton

Long duration energy storage developer Highview Power has partnered with power station firm Carlton Power to build a liquid air energy storage facility in the UK with a minimum of 50MW/250MWh capacity.

Highview Power has been awarded a £10 million ($12 million) grant from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver the cryogenic energy storage facility known as the CRYOBattery™.

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CEO of cryogenic storage firm takes seat on the US energy storage system trade association’s board

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:42 -- paul Crompton

The CEO of liquid air energy storage system developer Highview Power has been elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry.

Dr. Javier Cavada will join other leaders from across the storage value chain to promote the widespread use of energy storage in the US. 

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UK’s first commercial liquid air storage facility to deliver grid services

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:25 -- paul Crompton

Highview Power plans to build a 50MW/250MWh cryogenic energy storage (liquid air) facility to provide stability services to the UK’s power grid.

If built, the UK’s first commercial system of its type will deliver market arbitrage, frequency management, reserve, and grid constraint management services to aid the integration of renewables. 

 

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Highview Power contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic plants

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:06 -- paul Crompton
Highview Power contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic plants

Highview Power has contracted Tenaska Power Services to plan and deliver energy management services for four cryogenic storage plants totalling up to 4GWh in Texas, US.

The UK firm has asked the Nebraska-based Tenaska to identify, model, optimise and provide energy management services over two years in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.

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Highview Power unveils modular ‘giga-scale’ liquid air storage

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 10:45 -- John Shepherd
Highview Power unveils modular ‘giga-scale’ liquid air storage

UK-based storage provider Highview Power has unveiled what it says is the world’s first modular giga-scale cryogenic battery.

Highview said its Cryobattery energy storage system is scalable “up to multiple gigawatts of energy storage and can be located anywhere”.

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