Highview Power launches world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant


The world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant will be officially launched today.

Developed by Highview Power, developer of large-scale energy storage solutions that use cryogenic liquids, in partnership with recycling and renewable energy company Viridor, the 5MW/15MWh LAES plant, located at Bury, near Manchester, UK, will become the first operational demonstration of LAES technology at grid-scale.

Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will officially switch on the plant located at the Pilsworth landfill gas site in Bury. The LAES plant has been enabled in part by over £8m in funding from the UK government.

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