Highview Power wins £10 million UK grant for first commercial liquid air facility

Highview Power wins £10 million UK grant for first commercial liquid air facility

Highview Power wins £10 million UK grant for first commercial liquid air facility 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

June 26, 2020: Highview Power, the UK liquid air energy storage company, said on June 18 had been given a £10 million ($12.5 million) UK government grant for its first commercial CRYOBattery, to be installed in northern England with Carlton Power.

The 50MW/250MWh cryogenic facility, using a decommissioned thermal power station, will deliver long-duration storage to the National Grid just outside Manchester, the UK’s third largest city.

“It will provide grid services to help integrate renewable energy, stabilize the regional electrical grid, and ensure future energy security during blackouts and other disruptions,” said the company.

“Highview Power and Carlton Power plan to co-develop up to four additional CRYOBattery projects in the UK, totalling more than 1GWh.”

Highview Power was the only energy storage technology company to be awarded a grant from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Storage at Scale competition.

The Trafford Park project is scheduled to begin later this year and start operating commercially in 2022.

It will use existing substation and transmission infrastructure, with income coming from several markets, for instance arbitrage, grid balancing and ancillary services such as frequency response.

Highview Power says its systems can provide weeks of storage as opposed to just hours. Its systems are scalable and can deliver up to 2GWh of energy, with a lifespan of 30 years, the firm says.

“At giga-scale, CRYOBatteries paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to — and could replace — thermal and nuclear baseload power in addition to supporting electricity transmission and distribution systems while providing additional security of supply.”