- Published: 16 April 2010 16 April 2010
General Compression, Inc. (GC) has announced it has signed an agreement with ConocoPhillips to develop compressed air energy storage projects, beginning with a pilot project in Texas, using General Compression’s Advanced Energy Storage (GCAES) technology.
GC and ConocoPhillips are evaluating a multiple-phase pilot project in Texas that would incorporate GCAES technology with wind energy, underground air storage and power sales. GCAES is a modular compressor/expander unit that has a nominal size of 2MW and features a roundtrip electrical efficiency in excess of 70 per cent. Unlike conventional turbomachinery-based compressed air energy storage, GCAES consumes no fuel and emits no carbon.