Highview Awarded £1.5 Million for New Hybrid LAES System

By Graham Stevenson, Imperial College London



£1.5 million has been awarded to Highview for implementation of a new hybrid configuration of its liquid air energy storage (LAES) system from Innovate UK.

The intention is to use supercapacitor and flywheel technologies in order to create a rapid-response system that can deliver with times <1s.

The hybrid LAES system will be added to Highview’s 5MW/15MWh Pre-Commercial Demonstration plant at project partner, Viridor’s, Pilsworth landfill gas plant in Bury, Greater Manchester, UK. The project was awarded funding of more than £8 million from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in 2014 and is currently in commissioning due online at the end of the year. LAES is a proven technology after Highview built the world’s first Pilot Plant (350kW/2.5MWh) in 2011 which was connected to the grid at SSE’s biomass plant in Slough until 2014. Whilst LAES can be compared to other large scale technologies such as Pumped Hydro or Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES), it does not require specific geography and can be located at the point of demand making it a very compelling solution.


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