Technical and Economic Evaluation of Nominal 280 MW Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant in Salt Dome FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
Alex Morrison, J. W. Lyons

Southern Company Services, Birmingham, AL

Bhupen Mehta

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

Gregor Gnaedig

ABB Power Generation, North Brunswick, NJ

Paper No. 94-GT-308, pp. V004T10A008; 6 pages
  • ASME 1994 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • The Hague, Netherlands, June 13–16, 1994
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7886-6
  • Copyright © 1994 by ASME


This paper summarizes the results of the technical and economic data of nominal 280 MW Compressed Air Energy Storage Plants (CAES) using caverns in salt domes located in southeastern parts of Mississippi for intermediate duty generation of 1,000 hours per year and peaking duty generation of 750 hours per year. The plants are assumed to operate 90% time on Natural Gas and 10% of the time on No. 2 distillate. A weekly cycle of 10 hours of generation and 12 hours of charging daily with 15 hours of weekend charging was the basis for the study. The study includes conceptual layout, optimization, detailed cost analyses, reliability and operation and maintenance of the Compressed Air Energy storage plant. The objective of the study is low capital cost of the CAES plant and optimum performance.

Copyright © 1994 by ASME
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