Highview Power developing 2GWh Spanish storage project

$1bn scheme should allow several regions to meet zero emissions target [Image: Highview Power ]

Highview Power is developing up to 2GWh of long duration, liquid air energy storage projects across Spain.

With an estimated investment of around $1bn (€0.81bn), these projects should enable several Spanish regions to move towards their net zero emissions target.

Alongside development partners and a consortium of investors, which include engineering firm TSK, and the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), Highview Power is planning to develop up to seven CRYOBattery projects ranging from 50MW/300MWh in Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, and the Canary Islands.
Highview Power president and chief executive Javier Cavada said: “As Spain adds more renewables to the grid, long duration energy storage will play a critical role toward enabling grid stability and helping the country achieve the decarbonisation objectives set by the National Energy and Climate Plan.

“Spain clearly recognises the urgency of addressing climate change and we believe that Highview Power’s CRYOBattery will be a critical component in its NetZero strategy.”

Highview Power’s technology, known as the CRYOBattery, uses liquid air as the storage medium and delivers critical grid stability services, like synchronous inertia, short circuit and dynamic voltage control.

CRYOBattery plants are equivalent in performance to fossil fuel powered thermal and nuclear baseload power when paired with renewables, according to the company.

Recognizing the urgency of addressing climate change, Spain adopted the National Energy and Climate Plan with a goal of achieving a 23% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, putting the nation on a path to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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It is estimated that Spain’s path to net zero will generate over $200bn in investments and create up to 350,000 new jobs.

The Spanish government recently announced plans to establish a capacity market in the country to support the growing amounts of renewables on the grid.

Once enacted, this new regulation will enable the country to meet the goals established through its national energy storage strategy, which call for 20GW of storage capacity in 2030.

These projects will be developed in areas ideally suited for the company’s long duration energy storage technology and will be able to support the grid where fossil fuel power plants have been shut down.

The construction, operation and maintenance of these projects will also create desirable, high paying jobs in the Spanish region.

Highview Power’s cryogenic energy storage technology is cost effective, scalable, clean and has a long lifespan.

It is the only long duration energy storage solution available today that is locatable and delivers multiple gigawatt-hours of storage, according to the firm.

Grid operators are turning to long duration energy storage to help improve power generation economics, balance the grid, and increase reliability.

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