Pivot Power to add 100-MW of Wartsila battery storage in UK

Pivot Power's battery storage site in Kemsley, UK. Image by: Wartsila.

February 25 (Renewables Now) - Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) has received an order to deliver a 100-MW battery storage system that electric vehicle charging (EV) infrastructure company Pivot Power will install in the UK.

The deal from the unit of French utility EDF (EPA:EDF) comes with 10-year service agreements with flexible performance guarantees, Wartsila said on Tuesday. Under its terms, the Finnish company will supply two lithium-ion battery facilities, each with a capacity of 50 MW, for the first projects that Pivot Power is developing as part of a goal to have up to 2 GW of grid-connected energy storage capacity and high volume power connections that will provide balancing services for the UK transmission network and support the EV charging infrastructure.

The 50-MW battery systems will be located in Cowley, Oxford, and Kemsley, in Kent. Both of them are expected to go live before end-2020.

“At Pivot Power we are committed to enabling a clean electric future and accelerating the expansion of electric vehicles across the UK [..],” said Adrien Lebrun, the company’s engineering director.

Under its electricity storage plan, EDF aims to deploy 10 GW of storage capacity in Europe by 2035.

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