Cryobattery creates Europe’s largest storage system  

October 22, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
A cryobattery with a capacity of 50 MW, 250 MWh with the first one to be built in North of England at the site of a decommissioned thermal power station
A cryobattery with a capacity of 50 MW, 250 MWh will be built in North of England at the site of a decommissioned thermal power station

Highview Power is to build the UK’s first commercial cryobattery cryogenic energy storage facility with a a capacity of 50MW/250MWh using liquid air as the storage mechanism. This will 

The Cryobattery system will also be the largest energy storage system in Europe, says Javier Cavad, CEO of HighView Power. “We are excited to begin working on our first commercial UK project at scale to become the largest battery storage system in Europe and support the National Grid," he said. "This Cryobattery plant will provide the critical services needed to help maintain a stable and reliable grid.”

In addition to supplying energy storage, the plant will help integrate renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and stabilise the electrical grid to help ensure future energy security. Other services the facility could deliver include market arbitrage, frequency management, reserve, and grid constraint management services. Highview Power is currently in discussions with potential customers to uses these services.

Energy storage installations around the world will multiply dramatically say market reseachers, reaching 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040. Over the next two decades, $662 billion of investment will be needed for stationary energy storage, according to BNEF.

The facility in the North of England is the first large scale commercial system utilizing this technology, pioneered at Highview Power’s pilot plant in Slough, and evolved at the demonstration plant in Pilsworth, Greater Manchester, which has been successfully operating since early 2018.

The Cryobattery can store energy for weeks, instead of hours or days, at approximately £110/MWh for a 10-hour, 200 MW / 2 GWh system. The technology can deliver from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy and has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. Developed using proven components from mature industries, it delivers pumped-hydro capabilities without geographical constraints and can be configured to convert waste heat and cold to power.

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