Highview Power bringing 50-MW cryogenic storage plant to UK

Cryogenic energy storage firm Highview Power is planning to build its first large-scale commercial facility in the United Kingdom, according to a Monday press release by the company.

The company announced plans for a 50-MW/250-MWh project. The plant would be located on the site of a decommissioned thermal power station in the north of England, according to 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. This CRYOBattery plant will provide the critical services needed to help maintain a stable and reliable grid,” Highview Power CEO Javier Cavada said in the company release. “Long-duration, giga-scale energy storage is the necessary foundation to enable baseload renewable energy and will be key to a 100 percent carbon free future.”

In addition to supplying energy storage, Highview Power’s facility will also provide valuable services to the UK national grid to help integrate renewable energy and stabilize the electrical grid. 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 off-takers to contract for the capabilities and services the facility can provide.

The company reportedly also wants to build energy storage sites in the U.S. over the coming years. Earlier this year, Highview contracted Tenaska Power Services Co., the leading provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the United States over two years.

The initial project is expected to be developed in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market, according to reports.

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