Highview picks Siemens technology for LAES system


Highview has selected Siemens to provide advanced technology for the new hybrid liquid air energy storage (LAES) system at Viridor’s Pilsworth landfill gas plant in Bury.

Highview was awarded funding of £1.5m for a new hybrid configuration of its existing 5MW/15MWh LAES pre-commercial demonstrator from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. The system will instantly respond to grid frequency events, meeting the requirements of National Grid’s enhanced frequency response (EFR) service and firm frequency response (FFR), enhancing the economic case for its adoption.

Highview is leading the way in the development of LAES systems, which offer flexible large-scale, long duration energy storage that is not reliant on specific geography; unlike for example, pumped hydro. The hybrid system combines instant start and cost-effective long duration storage, broadening the range of services LAES can supply and making it a very competitive alternative to batteries.

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