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Store energy by chilling air into liquid form - Performance of the first liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant in the world

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Adriano Sciacovelli

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
a.sciacovelli@bham.ac.uk

Daniel Smith

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
D.Smith.2@bham.ac.uk

Maria Elena Navarro

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
H.Navarro@bham.ac.uk

Andrea Vecchi

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
andrea.92.vecchi@gmail.com

Xiaodong Peng

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
XXP398@student.bham.ac.uk

Yongliang Li

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Y.Li.1@bham.ac.uk

Jonathan Radcliffe

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
J.Radcliffe@bham.ac.uk

Yulong Ding

Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
y.ding@bham.ac.uk

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038378 History: Received January 26, 2017; Revised October 30, 2017

Abstract

Liquid air energy storage (LAES) is a technology for bulk electricity storage in the form of liquid air with power output potentially above 10MW and storage capacity of 100s MWh. In this paper we address the performance of LAES and the experimental evidences gathered through the first LAES pilot plant in the world developed by Highview power storage at Slough (London, UK) and currently installed at the University of Birmingham (UK). We developed a numerical model of LAES plant and carried out an experimental campaign to gather new results which show the LAES operating principles, the reliability of the technology, startup/shut down performance and the influence of operational parameters. In summary this work contributes to a) the advancement of thermo-mechanical storage systems b) provides new experimental evidences and results for LAES technology c) highlights the crucial aspects to necessary to improve the performance of LAES.

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