Energy storage company Highview Power has selected MAN Energy Solutions as a partner for a 50 MW liquid-air storage facility with a minimum of 250MWh in the UK.
The plant in Carrington Village, Greater Manchester, uses cryogenically-liquefied air as a medium for storing energy which Highview says is especially suitable for special applications that require large amounts of energy over a discharge time of several hours.
The MAN LAES turbomachinery train will form the core of the CRYOBattery facility that, upon completion, will form one of Europe’s largest battery-storage systems.
Highview Power president Javier Cavada said: “Highview Power believes in partnering with companies that share our commitment to a decarbonized world, and awarding MAN the contract to build out our Carrington facility reinforces that commitment.”
MAN Energy Solutions board member Wayne Jones said: “There has been a lot of background work involved in getting to this stage – in the face of much competition – and I am personally delighted that Highview Power has chosen to work with MAN Energy Solutions.”
He said the Carrington project “is a massive milestone for the future of storage technology and for the UK’s goal of a 100% clean, carbon-free energy future”.
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“We are entering the market together in an absolutely unique project that will have the eyes of the world upon it. This technology’s unlimited potential means that any number of domestic and global projects await its successful conclusion.”
Construction of the CRYOBattery project started late last year with commercial operation due in 2022.
Highview will operate the facility in partnership with Carlton Power, a UK independent power-station developer.
Construction is in two phases. The first will involve the installation of a ‘stability island’ to provide near-instantaneous energy grid stabilisation. This will be achieved using components including a generator and flywheel.
Enabling short-term stabilisation will be the basis for phase two and the completion of the more complex liquid air energy storage system that includes various compressors, air expanders and cryogenic equipment.
Phase 2 will represent the integration of stability services with a full-scale long-duration energy storage system, and in doing so promote the full integration of renewable energy. The Carrington project will offer a blueprint for future projects and cement the partnership between MAN Energy Solutions and Highview Power.