UK clean technology company RheEnergise – which is developing â€˜HD Hydroâ€™, a form of pumped hydro energy storage – has placed its first turbine order with the Turkish engineering company, Hydropower Engineering (HPE).
HPE will manufacture the 500kW turbine for RheEnergiseâ€™s demonstrator project, which will be built at a site near Plymouth, Devon. The turbine will be delivered in the first quarter of 2024.
RheEnergiseâ€™s demonstrator project has received financial support from the UK Government through the Longer Duration Energy Storage (LoDES) Demonstration Programme (Stream 2). As part of the UK Governmentâ€™s Â£1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), LoDES aims to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies and systems.
Rather than using water as the working fluid, RheEnergiseâ€™s HD Hydro storage system uses an environmentally benign fluid which is 2.5 times denser than water, and which can provide 2.5 times the power when compared to a conventional low-density hydro-power system. â€œIt means that HD Hydro can be deployed on hills rather than mountains, opening up massive opportunities in the UK and around the world,â€ a RheEnergise statement said.
Stephen Crosher, co-founder and CEO of RheEnergise, said: â€œWe are delighted to be working with HPE which has a first-class reputation for high precision manufacturing in the hydro sector. The placing of our order with HPE is an important milestone in our efforts to deliver our demonstrator project.â€