June 2018 saw the official opening of the world’s first liquid air energy storage plant, designed and developed by Highview Power and housed at project partner Viridor’s, Pilsworth site in Bury. The plant is enhanced with Siemens technology, to provide instant energy on demand. The combined system can store enough energy for around 5000 homes for several hours, with fast response.

At the core of the ground-breaking project is S Jones Containers – a family run business in the heart of the West Midlands. Siemens recognised the benefits for housing their technology within a shipping container due to its durability, toughness and flexible interior options. Renowned for their container conversion expertise, S Jones were engaged by Siemens to ensure their containerised requirements could be met…from vision to reality.

Utilising a wealth of experience, S Jones delivered a number of innovative and vital elements to this revolutionary project, including;

  • Agile Digital Visualisation – S Jones created a detailed 3D CAD design model of the container which imported the relevant Siemens technology needed to power the plant. This visualisation was used in Siemens virtual reality simulator enabling S Jones to guide the customer around the art of the possible, enabling quicker decision making and stakeholder engagement for the customer.
  • Expert Engineering Knowledge – One of the biggest challenges of the container was creating enough space to accommodate the sheer scale of the technology required to run the plant efficiently. S Jones provided complex structural modifications such as a galvanized steel roof platform and a sub floor stiffening structure to ensure the customer had peace of mind that the plant would run safely and effectively.
  • In-house Proofing and Fabrication – S Jones provide end to end customer journey, from initial concepts through to the final design sign off. S Jones completed the fabrication of the container in their workshop in the West Midlands, offering Siemens the opportunity to see their vision turned into a reality, every step of the way.
  • Risk Mitigation – S Jones installed sound attenuated linings and a fire alarm system to ensure health and safety combined with corporate mitigations are adhered to throughout the life of the container plant.

Kevin Patterson, Project Manager, Siemens commented, “S Jones provided a flexible approach to this prototype design allowing multiple design changes to be included throughout the build. This allowed our engineers to fully develop this world first concept. The results are a high quality solution, fully meeting our requirements”.