An energy storage company is building the world’s largest liquid air battery, due to be operational in 2022, that could store renewable energy for weeks with the ability to power up to 200,000 homes for five hours.
The project in development by Highview Power it being constructed near Manchester, UK. It will use spare green energy to compress air into a liquid, reversing the compression when demand is higher to put the green energy to use.
“This revolutionary new facility will form a key part of our push towards net zero, bringing greater flexibility to Britain’s electricity grid and creating green-collar jobs in Greater Manchester,” says Kwasi Kwarteng, the energy and clean growth minister, adding that such projects help ensure that “homes and businesses can still be powered by green energy, even when the sun is not shining and the wind not blowing”.
The plant has an expected lifespan of around four decades, and is creating 200 jobs, mainly in construction.