The Anonymous Widower

Cheesecake Energy Collects £9.4m Government Funding

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on UKTN.

These two paragraphs outline how they will use the grant.

Cheesecake Energy will use the government funding to install its energy storage solution as a microgrid in Colchester to help with local grid limitations.

University of Nottingham spinout Cheesecake Energy’s installation will collect energy made by a solar farm with a capacity of 8MW and a central heat pump that supplies a district heat pump network.

Cheesecake Energy have been on my list of possible successful energy storage systems for some time and this sounds like a very neat application for energy storage.

Cheesecake Energy bill themselves on their web site as The World’s Greenest Battery, which is a big claim to make.

This outline of their technology is given on their Our Technology page.

Cheesecake Energy’s eTanker energy storage system is a stationary, medium to long-duration energy storage solution which delivers cheap, reliable, efficient energy storage in a modular, containerised package.

The technology stores energy in the form of heat and pressurised air, re-tasking ex-service truck engines to become zero-emission electrical power-conversion machines for putting energy into storage and recovering it from storage. The resulting system does not use diesel or any fuel. It is safe, straightforward to operate, has a lifetime of up to 25 years and can deliver turnaround efficiencies of around 70%.

I like the idea of using recycled truck engines at the heart of the system.


The World’s Greenest Battery could be right!

April 14, 2023 - Posted by | Design, Energy, Energy Storage | , , ,


  1. Thanks for this, very interesting.

    Comment by Bedell Roger | April 14, 2023 | Reply

    • I agree. The system appears to be modular, so you could make it to the size you need.

      I also think, that it could get up to speed in a reasonable time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a battery being charged overnight on cheap-rate electricity and powering a length of appropriate overhead electrification. The battery might even be possible to store enough electricity to charge a day’s trains.

      I also think, that it could be physically small enough to be fitted into many terminal stations.

      Two things set it apart; the name and that it recycles old truck engines.

      Trust all is well in Switzerland.

      Comment by AnonW | April 14, 2023 | Reply

      • Well, I’ve retired back to Spain where all this started, in Granada. Though, still somewhat active in the standards committees, and maybe something to do with ideas like this one. Do you have any contacts with Cheesecake?

        Comment by Bedell Roger | April 14, 2023

  2. […] I wrote about Cheesecake Energy’s grant in Cheesecake Energy Collects £9.4m Government Funding. […]

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