Pivot Power has unveiled plans to build a 2 GW network of grid-scale batteries and fast charging stations across the UK. The company plans to invest some £1.6 billion to develop 45 sites around the country, installing grid-scale 50 MW batteries at electrical substations.
The battery network will store enough electricity to supply 235,000 average homes for a day, and will have the ability to release or absorb two thirds the power of the planned Hinkley C nuclear power plant in response to grid balancing requirements.
Sites have been chosen near towns and major roads where they can also power EV charging stations. According to Pivot Power, each site will be able to power up to 100 150 kW chargers, and will also support 350 kW chargers when they are available in the UK.
“This innovative solution will help accelerate EV adoption by providing a network of rapid charging stations across the country,” said Graeme Cooper, National Grid Project Director for Electric Vehicles. “It will also give the system operator more choice and flexibility for managing the demands in the day to day running of the network.”
Pivot Power aims to have operational batteries at 10 sites within 18 months.
“We want to future-proof the UK’s energy system and accelerate the electric vehicle revolution, helping the UK to clean up its air and meet climate targets,” said Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen. “We are keen to hear from anyone who shares our vision and wants to go electric, particularly partners with large fleets such as local authorities, supermarkets and logistics companies.”
Source: Pivot Power