Two battery reuse projects and a landfill gas scheme have been awarded a share of a £2m fund set up by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The money was awarded as part of DECC’s innovation funding for low carbon technologies scheme, covering energy storage.
Viridor, in partnership with an energy storage company, was one of the winners with a project to test the feasibility of a liquid nitrogen system capable of storing up to 5MW and generating around 20MW of energy.
The system uses waste heat from a landfill gas engine to increase the system’s efficiency.
Another winner was the HB2G project, set up by a consortium including universities, battery and motor vehicle companies.
It was set up to demonstrate whether a hybrid of second-life ex-transportation batteries and new battery technology can deliver cheaper energy storage.
Another consortium led by EValu8, who have set up electric vehicle plug-in points across the east of England, was given money to test a storage device using second-life batteries.
The energy storage fund is part of a wider £21m fund to “spur on innovation in the low carbon sector”. Other funds cover “energy entrepreneurs” and advanced heat storage.
Energy minister Greg Barker said: “This new investment will give these organisations the boost they need to drive forward the development of a range of innovative low carbon designs, helping cut costs and bring new technologies to market in this sector.”