Cryogenics for Storing Compressed Air for Energy Generation

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Technical Lecture
08 October 2013 18:00 - 20:30
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Cryogenics for Storing Air for Electricity Generation

UK and European Union (EU) policy on climate change mitigation is driving an increase in the proportion of UK electricity supply derived from renewable energy sources.  To date, relatively small proportions of wind, solar and biomass based power have been installed in comparison to conventional generation.  However, the UK Government expect this proportion to increase by an order of magnitude in the next ten years, with a particular focus on exploitation of wind resources.  As wind is an intermittent source of energy in the UK, when the proportion of this source increases in the generation mix, additional measures such as energy storage will be needed to maintain a safe and efficient balance between electricity supply and demand on the nation’s power system.

This presentation will describe a novel form of electricity storage, based on the use of cryogenic technology, and examine the role it could play in a future UK power network. The technique exploits mature knowledge and proven equipment from the air separation industry and has recently completed a two year pilot plant phase delivering storage to the UK national grid. Results from these commercial service trials will be discussed along with plans for further development and barriers to progress that need policy initiatives to remove.

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Tim Fox has a wide range of research and experience in power generation, chemical processing and renewable energy. He has worked in commercial enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions in the UK and across the World. Tim is currently Head of Energy and Environment at the IMechE.


John Dalton Building East Room E419 - Manchester Metropolitan University
John Dalton Building
Room E419
Manchester Metropolitan University
M1 5GD
United Kingdom

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