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LiquidAirMediaCoverage2012132October2012BBCNewsLiquidairoffersenergystoragehope-Page2ThedarkersideofbigdataIsprivateinformationtrulyprivateReadmore...ADSBYGOOGLESiemensEnergyEfficiencyIntegratedEnergySolutionsbySiemensReadMoreHereProgrammesTalkingMoviesDocumentaryprobestheenigmaofAmourfilm-makerMichaelHanekebrilliantinventionheadofenergyTimFoxtoldBBCNews.Inthiscaseitisaverycleverapplicationthatreallydoeslooklikeapotentialsolutiontoareallygreatchallengethatfacesusasweincreasetheamountofintermittentpowerfromrenewables.DrFoxurgedthegovernmenttoprovideincentivesinitsforthcomingelectricitylegislationforfirmstostoreenergyonacommercialscalewiththisandothertechnologies.IMechEsaysthesimplicityandeleganceoftheHighviewprocessisappealingespeciallyasitaddressesnotjusttheproblemofstoragebutalsotheseparateproblemofwasteindustrialheat.Theprocessfollowsanumberofstages1.Wrong-timeelectricityisusedtotakeinairremovetheCO2andwatervapourwhichwouldotherwisefreezesolid2.theremainingairmostlynitrogenischilledto-190C-310Fandturnstoliquid-thisprovidesacompactstoragemediumthatcanlaterdrawenergyintheformofheatfromtheenvironment3.theliquidairisheldinagiantvacuumflaskuntilitisneeded4.whendemandforpowerrisestheliquidiswarmedtoambienttemperature.Asitvapourisestheexpandinggasdrivesaturbinetoproduceelectricity-nocombustionisinvolvedIMechEsaysthisprocessisonly25efficientbutitismassivelyimprovedbyco-sitingthecryo-generatornexttoanindustrialplantorpowerstationproducinglow-gradeheatthatiscurrentlyventedandbeingreleasedintotheatmosphere.Theheatcanbeusedtoboostthethermalexpansionoftheliquidair.Moreenergyissavedbytakingthewastecoolairwhentheairhasfinishedchillingandpassingitthroughthreetankscontaininggravel.Thegravelremainscooluntilitisneededtorestarttheair-chilling.MeetYourAlternateSelfTheKeytoChangeYourLifeistoJumpIntoYourSubconscious...www.QuantumJumping.comBrainTrainingGamesImprovememorywithscientificallydesignedbrainexercises.www.lumosity.comprocess.DeliveringdurabilityHighviewbelievesthatproducedatscaletheirkitscouldbeupto70efficientandIMechEagreesthisfigureisrealistic.Batteriescanget80efficiencysothisisntasgoodinthatrespectexplainsDrFox.ButwedonothaveabatteryindustryintheUKandwedohaveplentyofrespectedengineerstoproduceatechnologylikethis.Whatsmoreitusesstandardindustrialcomponents-whichreducescommercialriskitwilllastfordecadesanditcanbefixedwithaspanner.Inthefutureitisexpectedthatbatteriescurrentlyusedinelectriccarsmayplayapartinhouseholdenergystorage.ButRichardSmithheadofenergystrategyforNationalGridtoldBBCNewsthatothersortsofstoragewouldbeincreasinglyimportantincomingdecadesandshouldbeincentivisedtocommercialscalebygovernment.HesaidStorageisoneoffourtoolswehavetobalancesupplyanddemandincludingthermalflexingswitchingonandoffgas-firedpowerstationsinterconnectionsanddemand-sidemanagement.Ultimatelyitwillbedowntoeconomics.Igethalfadozenpeopleaweektryingtopersuademetheyhavea