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July 19, 2021

Wärtsilä to supply energy storage systems for Pivot Power projects

Pivot Power’s Energy Superhub is intended to help improve the reliability of the UK’s electricity system.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Finnish energy company Wärtsilä is set to deliver energy storage systems for Pivot Power’s next two projects in the West Midlands, UK, to support renewable energy integration.

The energy storage systems, with 100MW/200MWh of capacity, will support the launch of Pivot Power’s innovative Energy Superhub model.

The Energy Superhub is intended to help in enhancing the reliability of the UK’s electricity system and integrating larger amounts of renewable power.

It is estimated that the model would provide up to 10% of the storage capacity required by the UK by 2050 while creating a smarter and flexible grid that could save up to £40bn ($54.7bn).

Wärtsilä Energy Storage and Optimisation vice-president Andy Tang said: “Our energy storage systems help leading innovators like Pivot Power turn these ambitions into reality.

“The enhanced flexibility this project will provide is precisely what we need to accelerate our cost-optimal pathway to fully renewable energy.

“This second partnership project with Pivot Power shows Wärtsilä’s commitment to helping the UK decarbonise its electricity generation and means we can roll out more energy storage infrastructure to support the UK grid.”

Wärtsilä will install batteries at the sites in Coventry and Sandwell, on the outskirts of Birmingham.

Construction works are expected to begin at Sandwell in the fourth quarter of this year and at Coventry in the first quarter of next year.

Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen said“As part of EDF Renewables, Pivot Power’s purpose is to accelerate a net-zero future where clean energy powers our lives.

“We are working hand in hand with local authorities to help them meet their climate and clean air pledges so people can live and work in cleaner, more sustainable cities.”

In March, Wärtsilä secured an order from Able Grid Energy Solutions to supply and maintain energy storage systems for two projects in southern Texas, US.

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