The Solar Power Portal and Energy Storage News Awards 2018 is now just a matter of weeks away and our respective shortlists have been made public.

More than 70 projects and companies have been shortlisted across this year’s 15 public categories, with the winners set to be crowned during the gala dinner ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham on Wednesday 17 October 2018. 

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by esteemed architect and TV personality George Clarke, with around 600 industry professionals set to attend.

As we countdown to the ceremony, Solar Power Portal is to shine the spotlight on this year’s shortlisted nominations, and today we look at the Utility-scale Storage Project category.

The shortlisted entries are;

Glassenbury Battery Park – Low Carbon

Pilsworth Landfill Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant – Highview Power

Pelham Battery Storage – SMA/Statera

Solar Storage/Copley Wood Solar Farm – WPD


Highview Power captured a large number of headlines earlier this year when it unveiled its Pilsworth Landfill liquid air energy storage plant, a 5MW/15MWh demonstrator facility in Bury, Manchester.

Its technology is based on the principle of air liquefaction, which facilitates the storage of gases in cryogenic liquid form. It uses uses a process that involves a 700-fold expansion in volume from liquid back to gas, which releases the stored energy, powering turbines and generating electricity.

Opened in May 2018, the project is undergoing rigorous testing for the next year to provide a “solid, irrefutable” test base for the technology moving forward. But with two other utility-scale storage projects in the reckoning, each with their own merits, will Highview Power take home the coveted gong? All be will revealed at this year’s SPP & ESN Awards.

Tickets for the ceremony are available to purchase now, and include full access to the pre-ceremony drinks reception, black tie gala dinner, awards ceremony and evening entertainment. Tickets and table packages can be purchased online here or by contacting Sue Bradshaw.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available and include a VIP table for the evening. If you are interested in sponsoring a category at this year’s award, please contact our marketing team