Pivot Power commissions 50-MW/50-MWh battery in Kent

Pivot Power’s Kemsley battery storage site. Image source: EDF (www.edfenergy.com)

October 25 (Renewables Now) - Pivot Power, a UK-based energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure developer within French utility group EDF (EPA:EDF), has activated a 50-MW/50-MWh lithium-ion battery storage system in Kemsley in Kent, England.

The battery storage system is directly connected to National Grid’s high-voltage transmission network at the Kemsley substation, and will provide flexibility to enable the integration of more renewables, EDF’s UK unit said on Monday.

Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) delivered its battery storage technology and supplied GEMS Digital Energy Platform for the Kemsley project.

EDF’s Powershift platform will provide the route to market services for Pivot Power to maximise revenues from the battery across ancillary services, including Dynamic Containment and Reactive Power, wholesale optimisation and the Balancing Mechanism, EDF said.

Pivot Power plans to install 2 GW of storage capacity across some 40 sites in the UK. The Kemsley battery is the second such facility to go online under the plan, after Pivot Power’s first system in Cowley, Oxford went live in June 2021.

Wartsila also supplied battery technology for the Cowley project, which forms part of Energy Superhub Oxford, a multi-partner initiative that will integrate energy storage, EV charging, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies.

Pivot Power is taking the Energy Superhub model to two sites in Coventry and Sandwell in the West Midlands. Wartsila is serving as the technology supplier on those projects as well.

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