UK Offers Energy Storage Using ‘Liquid Air’

The UK company Highview Power Storage for the past two years, has operated a heat recovery and energy storage system at a working power plant in Buckinghamshire, England.

Highview’s system is designed to take advantage of the fact that wind turbines continue spinning through the night, when electricity demand is far lower. At present, this additional generation is effectively wasted.

Highview’s system does for wind power what proposed molten salt energy storage does for solar panels. This type of storage could even be used to augment existing conventional plants by storing power produced at off-peak hours for peak usage.

At present, power companies tend keep their oldest and least-efficient facilities in reserve to provide peak power.

Studies have shown that even modest use of renewable energy can have a substantial impact on peak power rates and pollution levels.

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