The Carrington facility is a 50 MW cryogenic energy storage facility with a minimum of 250MWh that will help the UK achieve its decarbonization goals. It is the recipient of a £10 million pound grant fomr the UK Government where 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.
The facility is being developed by Highview Power and Carlton Power, a UK independent power station developer, and will be located 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.
Groundbreaking of the facility took place in October 2020 and the site is expected to 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.
Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy, a developer of renewable energy generation and storage projects, are jointly developing a long duration, liquid air energy storage facility that will be a minimum of 50MW, provide in excess of eight hours of storage (400MWh), and will be located in northern Vermont.
The Vermont facility will contribute to resolving the longstanding energy transmission challenges surrounding the state’s Sheffield-Highgate Export Interface (SHEI) and enable the efficient transport of excess power from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power to help integrate them on the power grid.
In addition to supplying clean, reliable, and cost-efficient energy storage, the facility will provide valuable services to the area’s transmission system to help integrate renewable energy, stabilize the regional electrical grid, and ensure future energy security during storms and other disruptions. This includes the ability to store energy for weeks at the lowest levelized cost of long duration storage in the industry, and providing what is called “grid-synchronous inertia,” which balances electrical demand and supply and helps avoid blackouts. Other services the facility can deliver include market arbitrage, frequency management, reserve, and grid constraint management services.
In addition to providing energy storage, the cryogenic energy storage plant converts low-grade waste heat from the GE Jenbacher landfill gas engines to power.
Operation started in April 2018 at Pilsworth Landfill facility in Bury, Greater Manchester. The plant demonstrates how cryogenic energy storage can provide a number of balancing services, including Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and supporting the grid during winter peaks.
Developed in partnership with recycling and renewable energy company, Viridor, the project is backed by UK government funding of £8 million.
Find out more about the Pilsworth plant by watching the video here.
This cryogenic energy storage Pilot Plant (350kW/2.5MWh) was developed to prove our technology and used heat from a biomass plant to improve the efficiency of the system.
Between 2011 and 2014, it successfully underwent a full testing regime at SSE’s biomass plant at Slough Heat and Power in Greater London, and has operated for the hours equivalent to three years of UK Short Term Operating Reserve service and seasonal TRIAD management in the winter months.
The pilot has now been relocated to the University of Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage, to support further testing and academic research.
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