An EU-funded project developing and investigating the potential for large-scale cryogenic energy storage at refrigerated warehouses and food factories will hold a free webinar to share findings and results of this work in March.

CryoHub is based on storing renewable energy as a cryogenic liquid, which is then boiled at very low temperatures to generate electricity for on-site use or feeding the power grid during peak demand periods.

The cooling effect of boiling the cryogen is employed to refrigerate industrial facilities.

The webinar on 17th March will feature talks from the CryoHub team of universities, companies and associations involved, and will explore the potential for use of renewable energies, how supply can be matched to demand for refrigerated warehousing in the EU, the development of control strategies and components such as heat exchanger, as well as advanced modelling of the design and operational results.

The project also investigated policy and behavioural matters around attitudes to adopting new environmental technologies and techniques and will share how this “bigger picture” could be used to feed into EU environmental and energy policy in the future.

The webinar will also present how the demonstration unit was produced and a suitable host warehouse found.

The host site in Frigologix, Belgium will discuss how support for innovative technologies fit into their business strategy.

The webinar will also see how the demonstrator unit was constructed by our partners Dohmeyer.

To register for the free event, click here.

What is Cryogenic Energy Storage?

The Cryogenic Energy Storage (CES) concept is simple and logical:

  • During periods of low power demand and low energy price, a cryogenic gas is liquefied and stored in a well-insulated vessel (charging period).
  • During times of high power consumption and high energy price, the liquefied cryogen is pumped and expanded to drive a generator of power which is restored to the electrical grid (discharging period).

Refrigerated food warehouses require large cooling capacities to maintain or reduce the temperature of food in a way, which maximise product safety and quality.

Stored liquid cryogen is capable of providing part of the refrigerating demand in storage warehouses or food factories, being thereby heated for the purposes of power generation.

Furthermore, integrating CES into food storage or processing facilities is a novel and attractive means for fostering the employment of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), revealing also a substantial potential to improve efficiency.