MAN Energy solutions to partner on world’s largest LAES project

27 April 2021

Highview Power has selected MAN Energy Solutions to provide its liquid air energy storage (LAES) turbomachinery solution to for Highview’s CRYOBattery facility, a 50 MW liquid-air, energy-storage facility – with a minimum of 250 MWh – located in Manchester, UK.

The LAES plant uses cryogenically-liquefied air as a medium for storing energy. It is especially suitable for special applications that require large amounts of energy over a discharge time of several hours, and enables fluctuating, renewable sources to bear base-loads. The MAN turbomachinery train will form the core of the CRYOBattery facility that, upon completion, will form one of Europe’s largest battery-storage systems. 

Construction of the CRYOBattery began in late 2020 with commercial operation scheduled for 2022. Highview Power will operate the facility in partnership with Carlton Power, a UK independent power-station developer.

Construction will proceed in two phases. Phase 1 will involve the installation of a ‘stability island’, to provide near-instantaneous energy grid stabilisation. This will be achieved using a generator and flywheel, among other components. Enabling short-term stabilisation will provide the basis for Phase 2 and the completion of the more complex liquid air energy storage system that includes various compressors, air expanders and cryogenic equipment.

Phase 2 will the integrate the stability services with a full-scale long-duration energy storage system, and in doing so promote the full integration of renewable energy. The Carrington project is anticipated to offer a blueprint for future projects and cement the partnership between MAN Energy Solutions and Highview Power. 

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