Highview Power, based in the UK, has been awarded a grant worth approximately $12.4 million from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for a 50 MW cryogenic energy storage facility (with a minimum of 250MWh), known as the CRYOBattery™, to help the country achieve its decarbonization goals. Highview Power was the only electricity energy storage technology company recipient of the Storage at Scale Competition hosted by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
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Javier Cavada, Highview Power CEO, said, “This new cryogenic energy storage plant will deliver much needed long-duration energy storage and provide valuable services to the National Grid. We are delighted to have been chosen to assist the UK in achieving its goal of a 100% clean, carbon-free energy future.”
Highview Power has entered into a joint venture with Carlton Power, a UK independent power station developer, to build and operate the facility at Trafford Energy Park, just outside of Manchester. The facility, located in Carrington Village, will be one of Europe’s largest battery storage systems and will supply clean, reliable, and cost-efficient long-duration energy storage. In addition, it will provide grid services to help integrate renewable energy, stabilize the regional electrical grid, and ensure future energy security during blackouts and other disruptions. Highview Power and Carlton Power plan to co-develop up to four additional CRYOBattery projects in the UK, totaling over 1 GWh.
Highview Power recently received an investment from Sumitomo Heavy Industries, part of which will be utilized for the development of this project.
“We are on a fast-track to develop our cryogenic energy storage systems around the globe, and this partnership will help accelerate momentum in the European markets,” added Cavada.
Construction of the CRYOBattery facility at Trafford Park is expected to start later this year and enter commercial operation in 2022. It will use existing substation and transmission infrastructure, with its income derived from several markets, including arbitrage (buying electricity when prices are low and selling it when prices are high), grid balancing, and ancillary services such as frequency response and voltage support.
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, said, “This revolutionary new CRYOBattery facility will form a key part of our push towards net zero, bringing greater flexibility to Britain’s electricity grid and creating green collar jobs in Greater Manchester. Projects like these will help us realise the full value of our world-class renewables, ensuring homes and businesses can still be powered by green energy, even when the sun is not shining and the wind not blowing.”
Highview Power’s cryogenic energy storage systems, which use liquid air as the storage medium, are the only long-duration energy storage solution available today that are locatable and can offer multiple gigawatt-hours of storage. That represents weeks’ worth of storage, not just hours or days.
Grid operators are turning to long-duration energy storage to improve power generation economics, balance the grid, and increase reliability. At giga-scale, CRYOBatteries paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to – and could replace – thermal and nuclear baseload power in addition to supporting electricity transmission and distribution systems while providing additional security of supply.