The world’s largest liquid-air energy storage project is set to benefit from turbomachinery supplied by Hazel Grove-headquartered MAN Energy Solutions UK.
Highview Power, a global leader in long duration energy storage solutions, has selected MAN Energy Solutions to partner on its CRYOBattery facility in Carrington, Manchester, a liquid-air energy storage plant that uses cryogenically-liquefied air as a medium for storing energy.
The MAN turbomachinery train will form the core of the CRYOBattery facility that, upon completion, will form one of Europe’s largest battery-storage systems. This will ultimately supply clean, reliable, and cost-efficient long-duration energy storage – primarily from renewable sources such as solar and wind power where supply can fluctuate with weather conditions.
Wayne Jones OBE, Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board of MAN Energy Solutions, said:
This is a defining moment for this technology and is key to the overall goal of our carbon-free future. This technology’s unlimited potential means that any number of domestic and global projects await its successful conclusion. However, as a proud Mancunian, it is great to see that just like the splitting of the atom and the first test tube baby, this happens for the first time in Manchester!
“This project is also a milestone for MAN Energy Solutions’ strategic journey. Our ability in this instance to provide both energy-storage turbomachinery technology and grid stabilisation, as demanded by the process requirements, fits perfectly with our stated strategy of increasingly moving from supplying components to becoming a supplier of complete solutions. This is where our customers can fully reap the benefit of our all-round expertise. An added benefit is that the plant is less than 20 minutes from our UK Headquarters in Stockport.”
Construction of the CRYOBattery began in late 2020 with commercial operation commencing during 2022. Highview Power will operate the facility in partnership with Carlton Power, a UK independent power-station developer. The project, which was directly referenced by the Prime Minister in outlining his Green Industrial Revolution plans, will help Greater Manchester meet its targets for achieving carbon-neutrality.
Image: Javier Cavada, President and CEO of Highview Power (L); and Wayne Jones OBE, Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board, MAN Energy Solutions (R).