Energy Storage

Highview Power Completes World’s First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

Liquid air could become a viable means of energy storage with the activation of what UK-based Highview Power is calling the world’s first utility-scale power storage facility.

The 5 MW plant near Manchester was developed in partnership with Viridor, a recycling and renewable energy company, and received $10.7 million in funding from the UK government.

“Support from Government, our partners and our supply chain, has enabled Highview Power to successfully design and build the world’s first grid-scale LAES plant here in the UK,” said Gareth Brett, CEO at Highview Power. “The plant is the only large scale, true long-duration, locatable energy storage technology available today, at acceptable cost. The adoption of LAES technology is now underway, and discussions are progressing with utilities around the world who see the opportunity for LAES to support the transition to a low-carbon world.”

Brett said the technology has the potential to scale up to hundreds of megawatts and store energy for days rather than hours.