The electrical industry has long sought cost-effective solutions for Energy Storage. New World Generation was incorporated in 2001, to develop a compressed air energy storage (CAES) system. While chemical batteries offer solutions, NWG engineering felt that a mechanical system can be very viable and cause no ill-effect to the environment.
NWG has worked with the aerospace division of the National Research Council of Canada to validate in-house calculations. In 2009, the work concluded with a very viable solution, but required work on a heat exchanger and a possible heat sink.
NWG has done extensive work and has designed an air turbine which is key to the capture of the stored compressed air. The conclusions of the work done by NRC, showed conclusively that without heat, the system would be uneconomical. A 125kW unit was tested and with no heat operated for 55min with 6790 cubic feet of compressed air. The same cycle was used; heat was added 800°F+ and efficiency increased substantially, from storage of 55 min to over 10 hours. NWG is very excited with developments to date. The company also validated it’s findings with the help of SNC Lavalin. Waste heat from Industry can be used. From this work Blue Box Technology was born, and the waste heat to power work took precedence.
The company has worked diligently with Norton Rose Fulbright to patent the energy storage work, a key aspect of the cycle itself. In January 2019, NWG received notice of several claim approvals, and opportunity to submit two more patents.
NWG continues to source partners to develop this very important technology.