Highview and project partners, recycling and renewable energy company, Viridor, were awarded funding from the British Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (now 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 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 mid 2017.
To watch footage of the build underway, please view the time lapse videos below. This footage will be updated regularly as the project progresses.