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.
The project will use Highview Power’s CRYOBattery™ technology at a decommissioned thermal power station in the North of England.
Highview claims the system deliver power at £110/MWh ($141/MWh) for a 10-hour, 200MW/2GWh system.
The technology has been used in the UK at Highview Power’s pilot plant in Slough, and a 5MW/15MWh demonstration plant in, Greater Manchester, which has been operating since early 2018.
Highview Power is currently in discussions with potential offtakers to contract for the capabilities and services the facility can provide.
In August, Highview contracted Tenaska Power Services to plan and deliver energy management services for four cryogenic storage plants totalling up to 4GWh in the US.
In 2014, Highview signed a global licensing agreement with GE Oil & Gas to integrate liquid air energy storage with peaking power plants.