Cryogenic Energy Storage for Renewable Refrigeration and Power Supply


CryoHub, what is it all about?


The aims of CryoHub are to:


  • Balance the power grid mismatch between power demand and energy generation from renewables.
  • Store energy generated by renewables before supplying it back to the grid.
  • Provide an affordable cooling supply during power generation.
  • Increase the take up of renewable energy.
  • Reduce peak power demand and help decarbonise the grid.



What is Cryogenic Energy Storage?


The Cryogenic Energy Storage (CES) concept is simple and logical:

  • During periods of low power demand and low energy price, a cryogenic gas is liquefied and stored in a well-insulated vessel (charging period).
  • During times of high power consumption and high energy price, the liquefied cryogen is pumped and expanded to drive a generator of power which is restored to the electrical grid (discharging period).


Refrigerated food warehouses require large cooling capacities to maintain or reduce the temperature of food in a way, which maximise product safety and quality. Stored liquid cryogen is capable of providing part of the refrigerating demand in storage warehouses or food factories, being thereby heated for the purposes of power generation. Furthermore, integrating CES into food storage or processing facilities is a novel and attractive means for fostering the employment of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), revealing also a substantial potential to improve efficiency.



CryoHub Objectives:


  • Evaluate the present and future potential for CES at refrigerated warehouses and disseminate this knowledge to stakeholders and end users from the energy and food refrigeration sectors.
  • Determine key processes and unit operations to take advantage of CES in a common refrigerated warehouse and identify how stored cryogenic cold and waste heat could be integrated in the best possible way.
  • Explore the synergistic and mutually-enabling action of CES and RES-based technologies in refrigerated food warehousing.
  • Identify the energy and carbon savings which CES could achieve in refrigerated warehousing against the background of conventional facilities.
  • Identify engineering solutions to consolidate a CES system into a typical warehouse refrigeration plant for performance optimisation and efficiency enhancement.
  • Develop a software system for automated decision-support and management of CES and cryogen expenditure as a function of predicted warehouse, RES and grid behaviour, environmental conditions, energy demand and availability, price variation (depending on tariff plans negotiated and/ or fluctuations on the stock market), etc.
  • Build a CES demo-plant, validate and demonstrate the CES performance for a refrigerated warehouse.
  • Elaborate a strategy for CES implementation in the food refrigeration sector across Europe.


CryoHub was a five-year Horizon 2020 EU Funded project carried out by a team of experts.  


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 691761.

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