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LiquidAirMediaCoverage2012133October2012ProfessionalEngineeringLiquidairmadeasplashNewsNewsTechnologyTechnologyFeaturesFeaturesBlogBlogLettersLettersSurveysSurveysReviewsReviewsDiaryDiaryMagazineMagazineAboutAboutGalleryGalleryPublished3October20121613.AddCommentLiquidairmadeasplashLiquidairmadeasplashBenHargreavesBenHargreavesShareShareRelatedArticlesRelatedArticlesDearmansliquidairenginecouldrivalbatterysystemsWellallswitchontoenergystorageIsitfairthatenergyusersshouldpaymoretohelpUKmovetowardsagreenerfutureNovelenergystoragetechnologydemonstratedtogovernmentofficialsETIopenscompetitionforenergystoragesponsorshipMorefromMorefromSectionSectionGogreenandgrowricherRumoursattheDSEidefencetradeshowTheenergydebateBigBangscienceandengineeringfairsawabiggerturnoutofyoungstersthaneverbeforeShouldgovernmentgetinvolvedwhenitcomestohelpingBritishfirmsbeinnovativeBloggersBloggersLanaBozovicBenHargreavesLeeHibbertHeathReidyJohnMooreLiquidairmadeasplash.Sadlyitsnotoftenthatanengineeringstoryunlessitsanuclearreactorgoingintomeltdownoranaircraftdownedbyabirdstrikegetsalotofairtimeinthemainstreammedia.Butyesterdayscarefullyco-ordinatedeffortbytheIMechEHighviewPowerStorageanumberofacademicsandtheautomotiveengineeringconsultancyRicardotomaketheworldsitupandpayattentiontoliquidairpaidoff.AttheIMechElastnightatiredbuttypicallyenthusiasticDrTimFoxheadofenergyandclimatechangeattheinstitutionsaidhehaddoneadaysback-to-backinterviewsonthetechnologybeginningwithRadio5Liveat6amandtakingintheTodayprogrammeaswellasnewspapersjournalsandTV.NewswirespickedupthestoryasthedaywentonandinternetchattersoonfollowedwerewenowtobetaxedforairsomewonderedothersthoughtthetechnologylikelytobestampedonbyBigOilshoulditeverproveviableasatransportfuel.Foodforthoughtbutwhatwillbemostgratifyingforallinvolvedistheimpactofthedaysevents.ForFoxliquidairisimportantbecauseitrepresentsanopportunityforrenewablestocomeonlineinsignificantvolumes.Itsreallyaboutwrongtimeenergyhesaysorcapturingtheintermittentgenerationofoffshorewindattimeswhenthereisnodemandforelectricity.RichardWilliamsheadoftheCollegeofEngineeringandPhysicalSciencesattheUniversityofBirminghamsaysEnergystorageisneededbecauseofenergynotbeinggeneratedattherighttimeattherightplace.Developednationsrelyingonrenewableswouldneedrobustenergystorage.Andliquidairandthisiswhatshouldperhapsinterestthegovernmentmorethananythingcouldbeamajoropportunitytostimulatetheeconomy.Whetherthetechnologyisnowdevelopedinthewayinwhichthesepartiesenvisageisopentodebate.SeriousengagementwithitbypolicymakerswillbeneededifitisnottobecomeaCinderellastoryasFoxlikestocallit.Butproponentsofliquidaircouldawakethismorningknowingtheyachievedjustabouteverythingthatmighthavebeenexpectedfromthisopeningsalvo.ViewIssueSearchSubscribetoournewsletterSubscribetoournewsletterSubscribetoournewsletterSubscribetoournewsletterMostPopularMostPopularDawnoftheageofli-fiGoingforgoldRefuellingopportunitiesGMconsolidatestestingsitesDearmansliquidairenginecouldrivalbatterysystemsCurrentIssueOctober2012CurrentIssueOctober2012ThevoiceoftheengineeringrofessionInthisissueExpertsdraftguidanceonlimitingfrackingrisksGMconsolidatestestingsitesNuclearskillsacademylaunchedBAEembarksonrecruitmentdriveViewallissuesProfessionalEngineeringLike