MAN Energy Solutions will supply its liquid-air, energy-storage (LAES) turbomachinery solution to Highview Power for its CRYOBattery™ facility in Greater Manchester, UK.

A 50MW LAES facility, Highview Power’s plant uses cryogenically liquefied air as a medium for storing energy and is suitable for special applications that require large amounts of energy over a discharge time of several hours.

Construction of the CRYOBattery™ began in late 2020 with commercial operation set to begin in 2022.

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The supplied MAN turbomachinery train will form the core of the CRYOBattery facility that, once complete, will be one of Europe’s largest battery-storage systems.

“Highview Power believes in partnering with companies that share our commitment to a decarbonised world, and awarding MAN the contract to build out our Carrington facility reinforces that commitment,” said Javier Cavada, President and CEO of Highview Power.

“MAN is well-respected in the industry and has an impressive track record of building large energy assets. We are proud to be working with them on this significant project.”

Wayne Jones OBE, Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board of MAN Energy Solutions, added, “There has been a lot of background work involved in getting to this stage – in the face of much competition – and I am personally delighted that Highview Power has chosen to work with MAN Energy Solutions.”

“The Carrington project is a massive milestone for the future of storage technology and for the United Kingdom’s goal of a 100% clean, carbon-free energy future. We are entering the market together in an absolutely unique project that will have the eyes of the world upon it.”

Once complete, Highview Power will operate the facility in partnership with Carlton Power, a UK independent power-station developer.

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