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 capacity of 50MW/250MWh.
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™.
The system will deliver long-duration energy storage and provide grid stability and security of supply services to the National Grid as the organisation adds more renewables.
Highview Power and Carlton Power will build and operate the facility at Trafford Energy Park, just outside of Manchester. Carlton Power cancelled construction of an £800 million ($1 billion) gas plant at the site in 2018 after the developer was unable to secure investment for the project ahead of a government deadline.
Highview Power and Carlton Power plan to co-develop up to four additional CRYOBattery™ projects in the UK, totalling more than 1GWh.
Highview Power received a £35 million ($44 million) investment from Sumitomo Heavy Industries in February, part of which will be used for the development of the Manchester project.
Construction of the facility is expected to start later this year and enter commercial operation in 2022.