Highview Power has broken ground on one of Europe’s largest energy storage systems using a CryoBattery.
The 50MW plant in Greater Manchester, developed with Carlton Power, will use a cryogenic storage battery that chills air to a liquid store and release energy. This is the first such CryoBattery plant and follows a key investment from Sumitomo. It will start operation in 2023 and provide up to 250MWh of power.
“The Sumitomo deal gives us equity and resources,” said Javier Cavada, CEO of Highview Power. “The UK plant is the first that we are developing across the UK and mainland Europe.”
Highview was awarded a £10 million grant from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to build the facility at Trafford Energy Park outside Manchester in June.
The plant will use existing substation and transmission infrastructure and be used to store energy or sale and for grid balancing, frequency response and voltage support.
Highview Power’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage technology utilizes air liquefaction, in which ambient air is cooled and turned to liquid at -196 °C (-320 ˚F). The liquid air is stored at low pressure and later heated and expanded to drive a turbine and generate power.
The CryoBattery has a small footprint, and is scalable with no size limitations or geographic constraints.