The project, delivered by university graduate and engineering PhD student Tim Gardhouse, and supervised by a team of university academics, enabled a new understanding of the company’s High Grade Cold Store (HGCS), a key component of the Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) plant.
The university used lab-scale test rigs to develop knowledge and understanding of the cryogenic performance of materials within the cold store, and was able to develop models of the HGCS, simulating temperature changes across the thermal store. The models will be fed into the design guidelines for future cold stores, ensuring cost-effective engineering and procurement practices.
Highview Power Chief Executive Gareth Brett said: “Working with the University of Brighton on the KTP gave us efficient, interactive access to targeted academic research and expertise, and a means of integrating this directly into our business. As a technology SME (small, medium size enterprise) this was invaluable to unlocking the rapid progressive development of a critical part of our system.”