China's compressed air energy storage industry makes progress

Jun 1, 2022 12:31 PM ET
  • A 300MWh compressed air energy storage system capacity has actually been linked to the grid in Jiangsu, China, while a pressed air storage start-up in the nation has increased nearly US$ 50 million in a financing round.
China's compressed air energy storage industry makes progress
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Chinese state media reported a couple of days ago that the large-scale project in Jiangsu Province's Changzhou City has ended up being functional and connected to the grid last week on 26 May.

The system stores air pressed utilizing electricity in substantial salt caverns a kilometre underground level. When power is required, the air is released to drive turbines.

The project has been co-developed by China National Salt Industry Group, electricity generation company China Huaneng Group and Tsinghua University.

Officially called Jiangsu Jintan Salt Cavern Compressed Air Energy Storage Project, the system can give 60MW of peak shaving energy for the local grid and also its roundtrip effectiveness is more than 60%, China Huaneng Group said. Maybe broadened significantly in future

China Huaneng Group's Jiangsu branch was accountable for construction and appointing and also now handles operations and also upkeep (O&M) duties. The company defined the project as a significant milestone in taking compressed air from demo as well as pilot projects to range, as well as a milestone in China's energy storage advancement trajectory.

"Pressed air technology could sustain the building of new type power system with new energy as the main body, which can help the country accomplish peak carbon emissions and also carbon nonpartisanship," Zhou Ting, Changzhou branch replacement supervisor for State Grid Corporation claimed of the project.

China is targeting net zero emissions from its economic situation by 2060 and also has a target for 50% of electricity generation in the country ahead from renewables by 2025.

To pursue these goals it also has a target in position to deploy 30GW of non-pumped hydro energy storage by 2025-- along with 120GW of pumped hydro by 2030.

While the nation is a leader in both production as well as installation of lithium-ion batteries already, its energy sector is viewing a variety of energy storage technologies as having the prospective to contribute to decarbonising while preserving dependability of the electric system. A variety of various long-duration storage technologies are being checked out along with pressed air.

This consists of a number of very large vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) projects around the country, which have made slow development but when finished would each number in the numerous megawatt-hours.

In January, a partnership between Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute (SPERI) and also Sumitomo SHI FW started discovering the potential of liquid air energy storage (LAES) technology developed as well as commercialised by UK business Highview Power for Chinese projects.

Unique gravity storage start-up Energy Vault has claimed that construction has actually begun on its first project in China-- as well as certainly its first non-demonstration project throughout the globe-- with a 25MW/100MWh system being built adjacent to a wind farm in Rudong, Jiangsu Province.

Meanwhile, large-scale compressed air storage firm Zhongchu Guoneng Technology has simply recently shut a RMB320 million (US$ 48 million) funding round.

The business, which described itself as a leader and also leader in the compressed air market, uses technology created at the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The Institute of Engineering Thermophysics inaugurated a 100MW/400MWh pressed air storage project in 2017 while Zhongchu Guoneng Technology holds more than 20 international patents, and claims to have a pipeline of 2,070 MW in preparation or construction. Its financing round was led by Beijing-headquartered personal equity financial investment group Tsinghua Holdings Capital with capitalists consisting of venture capital group CASSTAR and China Three Gorges Renewables Group.

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