Construction work has got underway on a cutting-edge facility which aims to store excess electricity on a far larger scale and for longer than existing batteries.
The 250MWh CryoBattery energy storage facility near Manchester, being developed by Highview Power and Carlton Power, is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2023.
The project features cryogenic energy storage technology which utilises air liquefaction, in which ambient air is cooled and turned to liquid at -196 degrees Celsius. The liquid air is stored at low pressure and later heated and expanded to drive a turbine and generate power.
The facility will generate income from arbitrage, grid balancing, the Capacity Market, and ancillary services such as frequency response and voltage support.
Highview Power chief executive Javier Cavada said: “Our facility will deliver much needed clean, reliable and cost-efficient long duration energy storage to the National Grid."
“The CryoBattery will help the UK to integrate renewable energy and stabilise the regional electrical grid to ensure future energy security during blackouts and other disruptions.”
In June, Highview Power was awarded a £10m grant from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to build the facility.