HPS - Pilsworth site render 1 - Jan 2015

Pre-Commercial Demonstrator

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Highview and project partners, recycling and renewable energy company, Viridor, were awarded more than £8 million of funding in 2014 from the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to build a 5MW Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) technology system. The funding is supporting the design, build and testing of a pre-commercial LAES technology demonstrator alongside Viridor’s landfill gas generation plant at Pilsworth Landfill facility in Bury, Greater Manchester. In addition to providing energy storage, the LAES plant will convert low-grade waste heat, from the GE Jenbacher landfill gas engines, to power.

The project will operate for at least 1 year and will demonstrate LAES providing a number of balancing services, including Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR), Triad avoidance (supporting the grid during the winter peaks) and testing for the US regulation market. Construction on the project began in February 2015, it is currently in commissioning and is expected to be operational in early 2018.

In August 2017, Highview was awarded £1.5 million of funding by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency for a new hybrid configuration of the existing 5MW liquid air energy storage (LAES) Pre-Commercial Demonstrator. The funding will enable Highview to use supercapacitors and flywheel technology to create the hybrid LAES system. It will demonstrate LAES’s ability to respond to grid frequency events within one second, meeting the requirements of National Grid’s new enhanced frequency response (EFR) service and firm frequency response (FFR) timescales to help keep the UK grid balanced. The aim of the project is to test performance and economics and it will be operational by Summer 2018.

To watch footage of the build underway, please view the time lapse videos below. This footage will be updated regularly as the project progresses.

Time lapse footage of plant build


System diagram

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