An international forerunner in long-duration energy storage solutions, Highview Power Storage, Inc., together with Encore Renewable Energy, a contractor of renewable energy generation based in Burlington, jointly publicized their intentions today of generating the very first long duration, liquid air energy storage system in the U.S.
This will develop into a minimum 50MW establishment. The facility, which will be situated in northern Vermont, promises to provide over eight hours of storage. The company has not yet finalized a location for the facility.
This venture is among the numerous utility-scale, liquid air energy storage ventures that Highview Power intends to develop throughout the U.S. to aid in scaling up renewable energy installment. The Vermont-based establishment will aid in solving the long-due energy transmission hurdles relating to the state’s Sheffield-Highgate Export Interface and allow the well-organized transport of surplus power from renewable energy sources, for instance, wind and solar power, to have them assimilate on the power grid.
Along with delivering clean, trustworthy, and cost-efficient energy storage, the establishment set to be constructed by Encore and Highview Power will deliver valued facilities to the region’s transmission system to aid in integrating renewable energy, stabilizing the local electrical grid, and guarantee future energy security in case of storms or other catastrophes.
Northern Vermont-based SHEI is an ISONE defined transmission area. The area consists of a transmission line of 115kV, to Highgate from Sheffield and then to St Albans, owned by VELCO, along with a sub-transmission line of 34.5kV, to Lowell from VELCO East Fairfax, owned by GMP.
The Vermont Public Utilities Commission stated that in the mostly rural region, the yield from the preset renewable energy plants generally surpasses the electric demand. They added that the capacity of the electrical transmission lines going out of the region is not ample enough to transport the surplus power without endangering the consistent working of the electrical grid.