Highview awarded £1.5m for hybrid LAES


UK-based business, Highview Power Storage, has been awarded more than £1m worth of funding for a new hybrid configuration of its existing Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system – and it will be operational by summer 2018.

The hybrid LAES system will demonstrate LAES’s ability to respond to grid frequency events within one second and meet the requirements of National Grid’s new Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) service.

Awarded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, the £1.5m worth of funding will enable the corporation to use supercapacitors and flywheel technology to create the hybrid LAES system that will respond to EFR and also Firm Frequency Response (FFR) timescales that help keep the UK grid balanced within the +/-1% of nominal 50Hz system frequency.

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