Storing renewable energy in frozen air

A British company, Highview Power, proposed an energy storage solution that uses renewable electricity from solar or wind, to freeze air into a liquid state, where it can be kept in insulated storage tanks for hours or even weeks.

The frozen air is allowed to warm and turn itself back into a gas. It expands so quickly that its power can spin a turbine for an electric generator. The resulting electricity is fed into transmission lines as needed.

The technology is ideal for converting abandoned coal-fired power plants into energy storage facilities that are on a par with the largest grid energy storage projects.

Old power stations are well-suited for this task because they still have the transmission lines connecting them to the regional power grid.

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