A partnership between Viridor and Highview Power Storage has been awarded over £8m by DECC to spur on innovation in storing energy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced on Friday (14 Feb).
The contract has been awarded to Viridor and Highview Power Storage, as part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) innovation competition to support energy storage technology research and development.
Viridor will work with Highview Power Storage, a UK designer and developer of Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) systems, to build and operate a 5MW/15MWh energy storage demonstration project at Viridor’s landfill site in Canterbury, Kent.
At present, almost all electricity is generated when required and networks are designed to accommodate highest demands, even if they are of very short duration.
Energy storage systems offer the opportunity to store surplus electricity for use at times of high demand. This innovative technology could play an important role in supporting UK growth in low carbon, renewable energy sources and in maintaining security of electricity supply in the UK.
Greg Barker, DECC – “Energy storage systems are potentially revolutionary technologies – just imagine how much the energy system will change if we’re able to manage supply and demand better by storing energy cost-effectively, not to mention the benefits for British research and manufacturing industries”
In addition to providing energy storage, the LAES plant will convert waste heat to power using heat from the on-site landfill gas engines. The project is scheduled to be operational by mid-2015.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Storing energy will become increasingly important in the move towards a low carbon economy, and has the potential to save the energy system over £4bn by 2050.
“Energy storage systems are potentially revolutionary technologies – just imagine how much the energy system will change if we’re able to manage supply and demand better by storing energy cost-effectively, not to mention the benefits for British research and manufacturing industries.”
Welcoming today’s announcement, Viridor’s landfill energy director Ian Morrish said: “We are pleased to have secured funding for this important project. With ever growing pressure on natural resources, it is essential that we develop innovative and sustainable methods to generate and store energy not only to cut down our carbon footprint but to ensure long-term energy security.
“Innovation has been at the heart of successful businesses in Britain and it is great news that the government recognises and supports its development.”