The Liquid Air Energy Network (LAEN) is the new forum for the advocacy and development of liquid air as an alternative way to harness waste and surplus energy within power and transport.
- Liquid air is a novel, energy storage solution that could play a key role in the low carbon energy future.
- The UK has world class expertise in both mechanical engineering and cryogenics.
The use of liquid air for grid-based energy storage could increase energy security, cut greenhouse gas emissions and create a new industry for the UK worth at least £1bn pa and 22,000 jobs to the UK. Liquid air technologies could also significantly increase the efficiency of road vehicles, particularly in commercial buses, vans and refrigerated lorry fleets.
The Centre for Low Carbon Futures published on 9th May a report: Liquid Air in the energy and transport systems: Opportunities for industry and innovation in the UK. Contributors include Arup, Ricardo, Messer Group, National Grid and a number of leading UK Universities; and the formation of LAEN is a core outcome of the report. As a nascent industry, connecting disparate interested parties within the emerging sector will play a key role in accelerating its development.
Key activities of LAEN will include:-
Hub: to stimulate collaboration between stakeholders, including academia, commerce, industry, government and users and suppliers of energy.
Market feasibility: Alongside producing its own reports and market studies, LAEN and its members will be uniquely positioned to support organisations in assessing and understanding the potential value of liquid air as an energy store or transport ‘fuel’ to their business.
If you would like to learn more about liquid air as an energy vector or becoming a member of the LAEN (see membership and services), please email .