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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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Joint venture plans liquid air energy storage projects

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:56 -- Hugh Finzel
Highview LAES system

A new joint venture company involving UK liquid air energy storage (LAES) system pioneer Highview Power is to develop “multiple projects” in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa.

Highview has entered into a joint venture agreement with Spain-based global engineering, procurement and construction group, TSK, to co-develop a series of “large-scale long-duration energy systems”.

The projects will use Highview’s cryogenic LAES technology, which the company said “can deliver anywhere from 20MW/80MWh to more than 200MW/1.2GWh of energy” at facilities with a lifespan of 30 to 40 years.

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UK consortium secures funds to develop liquid air energy storage tech

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire

A commercial-academic UK consortium has secured more than £350,000 (US$454,000) of government funding to develop a liquid air energy storage (LAES) system.

Partners building material company Aggregate Industries, energy tech firm Innovatium and the University of Birmingham, said the funding would be used to take its Prisma (peak reduction by integrated storage and management of air) technology “from initial laboratory testing to full operation in an industrial environment”.

Aggregate Industries said Prisma “is an innovative LAES technology that stores energy in liquid air form to provide compressed air, allowing inefficient partially-loaded, variable-demand compressors to be turned off, thus improving the total system efficiency by up to 57%”.

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Grid-scale hybrid liquid air storage system online in UK

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Grid-scale hybrid liquid air storage system online in UK

The UK company pioneering a hybrid Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system has launched operations at a demonstration facility in northwest England.

Highview Power said its 5MW/15MWh plant at Bury, near Manchester, would become the first operational demonstration of LAES technology at grid scale.

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