EDF Renewables company Pivot Power has placed an order with European technology group Wärtsilä to deliver 100MW of energy storage in the UK.

As part of the order, Wärtsilä will support Pivot Power’s two projects at Cowley in Oxford and Kemsley in Kent, under a ten-year service agreement with flexible performance guarantees. The projects are expected to be fully operational before the end of the year.

Pivot Power will complete the two 50MW lithium-ion batteries projects as part of its programme to develop, own and operate up to 2GW of grid-scale batteries and high volume power connections.

The projects are expected to provide flexible capacity to support increased renewable energy generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Pivot Power engineering director Adrien Lebrun said: “At Pivot Power we are committed to enabling a clean electric future and accelerating the expansion of electric vehicles across the UK, and as part of EDF Renewables we are making this vision a reality.

“These Wärtsilä energy storage systems allow us to harness cutting-edge technology to future-proof our investments in a changing energy market, supporting our long-term goal to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint and bring us closer to net zero.”

The systems are based on Wärtsilä’s GEMS advanced energy management software platform, which enables the intelligent management of large-scale energy storage systems by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Wärtsilä energy business energy storage and optimisation vice-president Andrew Tang said: “These pioneering energy storage projects highlight the capabilities of GridSolv and GEMS to provide flexible energy services in the energy market.”

The contract, which forms part of EDF Group’s Electricity Storage Plan, is the first to be announced since EDF Renewables purchased Pivot Power in November last year.