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May 24, 2018

Pivot Power to develop 2GW grid-scale battery network

UK-based firm Pivot Power is set to work with National Grid to build a 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country.

UK-based firm Pivot Power is set to work with National Grid to build a 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country.

As part of the £1.6bn programme, Pivot Power is planning to develop 45 sites in the country with the installation of grid-scale 50MW batteries at electricity sub-stations, which will be directly connected to the extra-high-voltage transmission system.

The infrastructure developed by the company is expected to support adoption of EV’s, as well as strengthen clean air policies in the UK.

With an established infrastructure in place, National Grid will have a huge resource to manage supply and demand.

"This innovative solution will help accelerate adoption by providing a network of rapid charging stations across the country."

The battery network will have the capacity to meet the electricity needs of approximately 235,000 average homes a day and will have the ability to release or absorb two thirds of the power of the planned Hinkley C nuclear power plant.

The sites have been selected near towns and will feature power rapid EV charging stations, which will be directly linked to the transmission system to offer mass charging.

National Grid Electric Vehicles project director Graeme Cooper said: “This innovative solution will help accelerate adoption by providing a network of rapid charging stations across the country enabling cars to charge quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible.

“It will also give the system operator more choice and flexibility for managing the demands in the day to day running of the network, and also help mass EV charging.”

Pivot Power intends to have operational batteries at ten sites over the next 18 months.

Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen said: “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.”

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