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May 9th, 2013
Plans whoosh on for commercial liquid air energy plant, Energy Live News

Plans are whooshing onwards for a new commercial scale power plant which uses air to make electricity.

National Grid, engineers at Costain and energy technology firm Highview Power Storage have teamed up to submit a feasibility study of the proposed liquid air energy storage plant as part of DECC’s energy storage demonstration competition.

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May 9th, 2013
First commercial liquid air plant among UK competition winners, The Engineer

Construction of Britain’s first commercial-scale liquid air energy storage plant could begin this year after the government revealed the winners of its new technology competition.

The announcement that two liquid air-based facilities are among the 12 projects to share £500,000 for feasibility studies into a range of energy storage systems comes as a new report argues cryogenic technology could create a £1bn industry and 22,000 jobs in the UK.

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May 9th, 2013
Energy storage market makes case for 5GW target by 2020, Business Green

The winners included Highview, which has developed a system that uses liquid nitrogen to achieve the triple goals of storing energy, converting waste heat to power, and delivering air conditioning.

Today, the UK has 3GW of pumped hydro storage, most of which is located in North Wales to provide reserve power for now defunct nuclear and coal plants. But with an increasing amount of renewable energy being added to the grid, ESN believes storage capacity should be ramped up to at least 5GW by the end of the decade.

The association today urged the government to set a clear target to install an additonal 2GW of storage capacity by 2020, requiring an investment of £4bn, but potentially saving £3bn per year by 2020.

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May 8th, 2013
£21million for carbon cutting technologies, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Press Release

16 organisations have been awarded a share of £2 million to help develop innovative storage solutions for energy. Energy storage systems are designed to store electricity generated at a time of low demand to be used a later time when demand is high. Such systems have an important part to play in supporting the growth of low carbon technologies but further funding is needed to help drive forward innovation and encourage private sector investment.

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April 1st, 2013
Is liquid air the missing link in energy storage?, ATSE Focus

There are alternatives. For example, in the UK there is a growing interest in the notion of cryogenic liquids. These are reported to be at a lower cost point and more likely to be suitable where solar energy can be used to drive compressors to compress air to liquid air (as cryogenic fluids). Liquid air is potentially an energy vector in itself and vaporisation of the liquid using low-grade waste heat makes for a very efficient system that then drives a generator. The round-trip efficiency of these systems rivals batteries.

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