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Liquid Air storage plants arrive to challenge batteries

Highview Power has partnered waste management firm Viridor to build what they believe is the first Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) plant in the world – near Bury, at the Pilsworth landfill gas site. Highview, with backing from GE, used £8m of government funding in the joint project, through the Energy Innovation Program, and the results look rather promising. KiWi Power has already announced that it will be using the 5 MW (15 mWh) LAES plant to provide ancillary services to the wider grid – feeding in power when there is a shortage in return for payments, and also storing power when there is a surplus. These ancillary services and storage capacity are key to integrating more renewable sources of…

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