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LiquidAirMediaCoverage201213July2013GasworldNitrogeneconomyorfalseeconomy-Page1storingittoprovidepeaktimeelectricityandorlowcarbontransportfuel.Itcanbeusedinprovengrid-scaleenergystoragesystemsHighviewPowerStoragehasbeenrunningapilotplanthostedbySSEinSloughfortwoyearsandanumberofnovelenginedesigns.Ithasalsooftenbeenpointedoutthatthiscouldhavesignicantbenetsandaddedrevenuesforthegasesindustry.Theproductionofliquidnitrogenandliquidoxygenthemaincomponentsofliquidairhasofcoursebeenpioneeredbytheindustrialgasesindustryforoveracentury.Thepropertiesofliquidnitrogenandliquidairaresimilarsoitisfeltthatacryogenicenergyvectorcouldbeprovidedbyeitherthegasesindustryhassurplusliquidnitrogenproductionbecausethereisfourtimesasmuchnitrogenasoxygeninwww.gasworld.comhottopic30HOTTOPICLiquidairNitrogeneconomyorfalseeconomyWhengasworldsexclusivesupplementbrokegroundwiththerstrealexplorationoftheliquidairconceptinOctoberlastyearfewwouldhavebeenfamiliarwiththenotionanditspotentialaprovenenergystoragetechnologythatcouldplayacriticalroleinBritainslowcarbonenergyfuture.Sincethentheliquidairprojecthasgatheredconsiderablemomentumbothinthemainstreamandtechnicalpressandbehindthescenesonitsnerdetails.AllofwhichculminatedinthelaunchofacomprehensivenewreportinMaytitledLiquidAirintheenergyandtransportsystemsOpportunitiesforindustryandinnovationintheUK.TheuseofliquidaircouldincreaseUKenergysecuritycutgreenhousegasemissionsandcreateastorageindustryworthatleast1bnpaand22000jobsthereportfound.PublishedbytheCentreforLowCarbonFuturesCLCFthereportconcludesthatliquidairtechnologiescouldalsosignicantlyincreasetheefciencyofroadvehiclesparticularlyinBritainseetsAsliquidaircontinuestogatherpaceandplauditsgasworldlooksatitsfeasibilityattheheartofwhichareindustrialgasesandexpertise.ofbusesvansandrefrigeratedlorries.KeyadvantagesarecitedasincludingAnabundantandcost-freefeedstockCryogenicliquidproductionitsdistributioninfrastructureanditsequipmentsupplychainarematureStorageisatlowpressureandthereisnofuelcombustionriskForgrid-basedstoragenogeographicalconstraintsaswithpumpedhydroorlarge-scalecompressedairenergystorageTheenergydensityofliquidaircomparesfavourablytolow-carboncompetitorsFortransportapplicationsveryfastrefuellingtimesarepossibleCostcompetitivetootherlow-carbontechnologiesCanitworkSoliquidairisheraldedasapioneeringsolutiontotheproblemofenergystoragecapturingwrongtimeenergysuchasexcessrenewableenergyproducedatnightwhenthereistoolittledemandandtheatmospherebutmuchlessdemandforitcommercially.Itisestimatedthatthereiscurrentlyanestimated8500tonnesperdayofoff-peakgaseousnitrogenavailableforliquefactionwhichifharnessedandusedastransportfuelwouldbeenoughtopowertheequivalentof6.5millioncarkilometersdaily.Itisthereforeprojectedthatasidefromtheexperienceandexpertisethatcouldbeprovidedtotheliquidairnetworkanitrogeneconomycouldinjectaddedrevenuestothegasesindustryinthefutureasitmakesuseofasurplusproduct.Ifittakesoffashopedanitrogeneconomycouldnotonlyhelptodecarboniseenergysupplybutcouldalsobethestimulusforanevenmoreprosperousindustrialgasesbusiness.WiththeindustryessentiallyattheheartofthisnewenergyfrontierwhatisitsresponsetoliquidairWhenaskedabouttheideainanexclusiveinterviewwithgasworldinParislastyearAirLiquidesVice-PresidentofRDOlivierDelabroywascautiouslyoptimisticdescribingitasclearlyourterritoryandsomethingwecannotignore.DelabroyexplainedthatAirLiquidealreadyutilisesliquidairforenergystorageinsomeofitsairseparationplantsandassociatedliquefactionunitsusingittoleveragethepricedifferencesbetweenpeakandoff-peakconsumption.Thisheclariesissomethingthecompanydoesbecauseitiseasytointegrateandexploit.Takingthetechnologybeyondthiskindofusagehoweverandintodeploymentasanenergyvectorinitsownrightissomethingthatrequiresmoreplanning.Ithinkthatyouhavetocomparewithalternativetechnologieshesaid.Todaywearecarefullylookingatthatthekeyfactororindicatorisofcoursethespreadofelectricitythatyouhavebetweenthemaximumdailypriceandtheminimum.HighviewPowerStorage