This winter Highview’s 5MW liquid air energy storage demonstrator will begin operations at a site in Greater Manchester, UK.

The main components of Highview’s liquid air energy storage (LAES) 5MW pre-commercial demonstrator have been delivered to the site in Greater Manchester. Recycling, resources and distributed energy partner, Viridor, is hosting the pre-commercial LAES technology demonstrator at its Pilsworth landfill gas generation site where the waste heat from the GE Jenbacher landfill gas engines will be used to convert waste heat to power.

In February 2015 the ground was broken and civils work started at the project preparing the site for the arrival of the main components. Over the summer the equipment has been delivered: the turbine and generator from GE, heat exchangers from Heatric, thermal storage tanks from Metalcraft and cryogenic storage tanks from BOC. All these components are currently being set in place and grouted on to their platforms, which marks the end of the major plant installation phase.

The project was awarded more than £8m in funding from the British Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) for the design, build and testing of the LAES technology system. This is the first pre-commercial scale LAES plant of its kind and the largest new energy storage technology project in the UK being built to satisfy the requirement for long duration storage.