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£1 million grant for novel hydro vitality storage system

BEIS-funded analysis challenge to determine and take a look at minerals and discarded wastes to be used in RheEnergise’s grid scale hydro vitality storage system

In partnership with the College of Greenwich and the College of Exeter, RheEnergise, a UK firm growing a novel type of pumped hydro-energy storage, has secured a grant of £1 million, funded by way of the Internet Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) as a part of the UK Authorities’s Power Entrepreneurs Fund. The federal government grant will fund work to determine and take a look at waste supplies that might be used within the high-density fluid (HDF) that’s integral to RheEnergise’s grid-scale Excessive-Density Hydro® vitality storage system. The HDF is an environmentally benign different to water.

RheEnergise’s lengthy period storage system is described as low-cost and vitality environment friendly. The fluid used within the system is 2½ occasions denser than water (comparable in viscosity to cream) and is subsequently in a position to present 2½ occasions the facility and 2½ occasions the vitality when in comparison with typical low-density hydro-power programs that depend on water and function within the Scottish Highlands, Wales and throughout Europe. It signifies that RheEnergise can deploy its lengthy period vitality storage system beneath the floor of hills relatively than mountains, so opening up large business alternatives within the UK, Europe and additional afield.

The analysis challenge, funded by BEIS’s Power Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), desires to determine appropriate minerals and waste streams which may be recycled into the high-density fluid which may be domestically sourced and are lower-cost, relatively than having to depend on minerals imported from abroad.

Stephen Crosher, Chief Government of RheEnergise says: “The alternatives introduced by the EEF grant are phenomenal. We’re delighted to have the ability to lead and companion with two excellent universities – Greenwich and Exeter. The challenge has the potential to resolve three large questions that have an effect on folks each day and globally: these of local weather change mitigation, delivering agency energy provide from renewables and how you can use waste from different industries for brand spanking new functions, creating really round economies.”

“The federal government grant, from the Division for Enterprise, Power & Industrial Technique, will assist us to chop the working value of our hydro vitality storage system, while rising its sustainability. By utilizing domestically sourced waste supplies, we are able to decrease the prices of our initiatives, scale back carbon emissions from transportation and processing and create a brand new round economic system the place none at present exists.”

“Working with colleagues from Greenwich and Exeter Universities, our analysis staff will probably be carefully analyzing waste and tailings from numerous sources however particularly from mines and quarries. There may be additionally the potential that working mines and quarries, which by their very nature have excessive elevations and are excessive vitality customers, might use our vitality storage system.”

Graham Stuart MP, UK Power Minister, commenting on the EEF grants stated: “This funding will see the subsequent era of vitality pioneers drive ahead low cost and sustainable low-carbon applied sciences. This is not going to solely ship inexperienced jobs and decrease the prices of vitality to companies but in addition foster world-leading options to web zero and financial development.”

Later this 12 months, RheEnergise will begin work on constructing a 250kW/1MWh (4 hours) demonstrator of its Excessive-Density Hydro® vitality storage system at a web site close to Plymouth (introduced in November 2022) and is planning to have its first 5MW grid-scale challenge in business operation throughout the subsequent 3-5 years.


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