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LiquidAirMediaCoverage2012139May2013TheEngineerFirstcommercialliquidairplantamongUKcompetitionwinnersPrintEmailShareComments1SaveFirstcommercialliquidairplantamongUKcompetitionwinners9May2013ByStephenHarrisConstructionofBritainsfirstcommercial-scaleliquidairenergystorageplantcouldbeginthisyearafterthegovernmentrevealedthewinnersofitsnewtechnologycompetition.Theannouncementthattwoliquidair-basedfacilitiesareamongthe12projectstoshare500000forfeasibilitystudiesintoarangeofenergystoragesystemscomesasanewreportarguescryogenictechnologycouldcreatea1bnindustryand22000jobsintheUK.Otherconceptsthroughtothefirstroundofthecompetitionincludestoringenergyatagridlevelusingflywheelscompressedairmethaneproductionvariousindustrialanddomestic-scalebatteriesandasystemthattransportsbucketsofgravelupahill.EnergystorageisseenasavitalaspectofplanstoreducecarbonemissionsbymakingrenewableenergygenerationmorepracticalforHomeEnergyEnvironmentNewsSectorsAerospaceAutomotiveCivilStructuralElectronicsEnergyEnvironmentMedicalHealthcareMilitaryDefenceRailMarineChannelsSkillsCareersPolicyBusinessDesignEngineeringProductionEngineeringEventsSupplementsDigitalEditionPreviousIssuesProductAreasAutomationMeasurementInspectionDrivesControlsSoftwareCADCAMPrototypingModellingFastenersAdhesivesMaintenanceMachineVisionSensorsHomeNewsIn-DepthVideoOpinionBlogForumsArchiveexamplestoringexcesselectricitycreatedwhenthewindisblowingforuseatpeaktimeswhenitisnt.ButapartfromasmallamountofpumpedhydrostoragetheUKhasyettorolloutenergystorageatagridlevelandthecompetitionisseenasawayofencouragingthedevelopmentofarangeoftechnologiestomeetthisneed.HighviewPowerStoragehasdevelopedatechnologyforusingelectricitytoliquefyairthatcanlaterbeevaporatedtodriveturbinegeneratorsandhasbeenoperatingapilotplantinSloughsinceMarch2011.Thefirmhasnowputforwardproposalsfortwoplantsthathavewoncompetitionfundingincludingitsfirstcommercial-scalefacilitystoringenergyfromtheNationalGridwhenitisneededonwhichconstructioncouldstartasearlyasJulyiftheplantgetsthroughtothenextstageofthecompetition.TheplantwouldbehostedatNationalGridsGrainLiquefiedNaturalGasLNGimportterminalontheIsleofGraininKentwherethehotandcoldenergywastestreamsproducedbygasliquefactioncouldbeusedtomaketheenergystorageprocessmoreefficient.PhysicallyitsnotmuchbiggerthantheSloughplantbutthecapacityoftheprocessisabout10timesbiggerHighviewCEOGarethBretttoldTheEngineer.Wellbeabletogeneratearound5MWofelectricityandrunforaroundsixhours.Headdedthatitwashardtosayexactlyhowmuchthewastestreamswouldimprovetheefficiencyoftheprocessbutthatthecompanyexpectedoverallefficiencyoftheplanttobearound50to60percentenoughtomakethefacilitycommerciallyviable.Thefinalcostoftheplanthasyettobedetermined.Itsasignificantimprovement.Generallywewouldntexpecttogetthatsortofefficiencyuntilwewereatreallyquitealargesystem20MWthatkindofthing.Highviewssecondcompetition-fundedstudyisforaCryoGensetsystematalandfillgasgenerationplantinCanterburythatactslikeadieselgeneratorbutfuelledbyliquidairbroughtinbytruckfromaseparateliquefactionsitewithefficiencyimprovedbythegasplantswasteheat.AreportpublishedtodaybytheCentreforLowCarbonFuturesrunbyaconsortiumofBritishuniversitiesfound15GWofliquidairenergystoragecouldreducegridemissionsatpeaktimesbyupto4.5percentwhile30GWwouldcutthembyupto20percent.ItarguesthattheUKhasamanufacturingcapabilitythatiswellsuitedtoproducingliquidairsystemsandgreateruseofthetechnologycouldgenerate1bnperyearfortheUKeconomyby2050andsupport20000jobs.TheDepartmentofEnergyandClimateChangeDECCplanstoinvitesomeoftheenergystoragecompetitionwinnerstotakepartinthedemonstrationphaselaterthisyearandshareinafurther17mavailablefortestingtechnologydesigns.Aswellasrevealingthe12phaseonecompetitionwinnersthegovernmenthasalsoannouncedthefourrecipientsofatotal1.5mforimprovingcomponentsormaterialsusedforenergystoragesystemsandforexploringhowstoragesystemscanbeusedintheUKelectricitynetwork.Afurther30projectshavebeenawardedashareofupto16munderthefirstphaseoftheEnergyEntrepreneursFundtosupportvariouscleantechstartupcompaniesandanother15groupswillshare3mforfeasibilitystudiesanddemonstratorprojectstohelpdevelopdomesticheatstoragetechnologies.