According to industry estimates, the UK needs up to 13GW of new electricity storage before 2030 to help meet net zero commitments.
In a major step towards meeting those goals, Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, Wärtsilä, and EDF, has activated 50MW of battery storage in Kent.
The Kemsley battery storage system is the second to go live as part of Pivot Power’s plans to deploy up to 40 similar sites throughout the UK, providing up to 2GW of flexible capacity.
It supports EDF Renewables’ strategic plans to develop an additional 10GW of battery storage globally by 2035.
Pivot Power also leads Energy Superhub Oxford, a consortium of six partners working together to lower Oxford’s carbon emissions and clean up its air. The Oxford scheme, which went live in June 2021, boasts an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network which will bring “an unprecedented amount of power” to Oxford for rapid vehicle charging, the charging of big vehicle fleets, and the addition of new chargers as demand grows.
The company is replicating its Energy Superhub model, combining grid-scale batteries with high-volume power infrastructure for EV charging, at its next two sites in Coventry and Sandwell in the West Midlands.
Matt Allen, Pivot Power chief executive, said: “The expansion of our battery storage portfolio is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to future-proofing the UK’s energy system and accelerating a net zero future.
“Through this collaboration with Wärtsilä and EDF we are creating more of the low carbon infrastructure needed to manage the integration of renewables into the grid and power our lives with clean energy."