Pivot Power
Towards a Net Zero Target
United Kingdom

Energy storage accelerates a clean electric future in the UK

Pivot Power, UK, 200MW

The UK has an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to be net-zero by 2050. Wärtsilä and Pivot Power, part of EDF renewables, teamed up to help the country reach this target.

The energy storage projects in Cowley, Kemsley, Coventry and Bustleholm, deploying cutting-edge technology and our GEMS Digital Energy Platform will:

  • Help enhance the reliability of the UK’s electricity system
  • Cost-effectively integrate more renewable generation
  • Support the roll-out of Pivot Power’s innovative Energy Superhub model to enable a rapid EV charging network in the country
At Pivot Power, we are committed to enabling a clean electric future and accelerating the expansion of electric vehicles across the UK. 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.
Adrien Lebrun, Engineering Director at Pivot Power

Introducing flexibility solutions to support EV infrastructure

Energy Transition Talks - Pivot Power

In the first Energy Transition Talks episode, we meet Matt Allen, CEO of UK-based battery storage and EV infrastructure developer, Pivot Power. 

With his team, Matt is spearheading the development of an underexplored topic; how electric vehicles (EV) can be integrated into the grid. This is where the joint energy storage projects of Pivot Power and Wärtsilä come in; they bring the needed flexibility for the EV infrastructure.

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    Cowley site

    The 50 MW / 50 MWh energy storage system in Cowley is the UK’s first grid-scale energy storage system directly connected to the transmission-network. The project is the first part of what will be the world’s largest hybrid energy storage system.

    • Integrates energy storage, electric vehicle (EV) charging, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to decarbonise Oxford by 2040, creating a blueprint for other towns and cities to achieve net zero
    • First portion of the £41 million government-backed Energy Superhub Oxford project led by Pivot Power
    • The first project to go live as part of Pivot Power’s plans to deploy up to 40 similar sites throughout the UK

    The system consists of Wärtsilä Gridsolv Max systems and the GEMS Digital Energy Platform, which dynamically optimises energy systems and provides critical feedback to stakeholders across asset owner, operation and trading value chains.


    Kemsley Site

    Kemsley

    In Kemsley, Kent, we are building a 50MW / 50 MWh energy storage facility connected to the high voltage transmission network. The Wärtsilä storage system will respond in milliseconds to fluctuations in electricity supply and demand, charging or discharging to keep the system stable.

    • Essential flexibility to future-proof UK’s electricity system
    • Support more intermittent renewable generation
    • Help the country achieve net zero

    The system consists of Wärtsilä Gridsolv Max systems and the GEMS Digital Energy Platform, which dynamically optimises energy systems and provides critical feedback to stakeholders across asset owner, operation and trading value chains.

    Coventry

    Gridsolv Quantum and GEMS in Coventry

    The Coventry 50 MW / 100 MWh energy storage system will help to ensure clean, affordable and secure electricity supply when more renewables are integrated to the grid.

    It will also provide additional power capacity to support the installation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network designed to accelerate the transition to electric transport. The network will enable ultra-rapid public charging hubs.

    The system consists of Wärtsilä’s Gridsolv Quantum modules and the GEMS Digital Energy Platform that optimises the energy system.

    Bustleholm

    Gridsolv Quantum and GEMS in Bustleholm

    The Bustleholm 50 MW / 100 MWh energy storage system will help to ensure clean, affordable and secure electricity supply when more renewables are integrated to the grid.

    Just like the Coventry system, it will also provide additional power capacity to support the installation of the electric vehicle (EV) charging network that will accelerate the transition to electric transport and enable ultra-rapid public charging hubs.

    The system consists of our Wärtsilä Gridsolv Quantum modules, and the sophisticated GEMS Digital Energy Platform.

    THE CHALLENGE
    Provide grid balancing services to the UK National Grid
    Integrate renewables
    Support transition towards low-carbon infrastructure
    WÄRTSILÄ'S SOLUTION
    Adding reliability to the grid via sophisticated storage technology to support EV charging infrastructure 
    Grid-balancing services to ensure the reliability of electricity generation and supply across the UK grid
    Future-proofing of assets under a single portfolio
    BENEFIT
    Reduces carbon footprint in the UK
    Greater National Grid stability and flexibility
    Enables the growing share of renewables

    Main data

    Customer
    Pivot Power
    Size
    200 MW
    Site locations
    Cowley - 50 MW / 50 MWh
    Kemsley - 50 MW / 50 MWh
    Coventry - 50 MW / 100 MWh
    Bustleholm - 50 MW / 100 MWh
    Applications

    Balancing services for the
    UK National Grid, including:
    • Frequency response
    • Electricity market trading
    • Reactive power and electric vehicle charging services
    Scope of services
    Engineered equipment delivery (EEQ)
    Lifecycle solution
     10-year service agreement with
     performance guarantees
    Delivery
    2020 - 2021
     COD  2021 - 2022

    Delivering clean, smart and flexible power

    Wärtsilä’s innovative energy storage technology supports the world’s largest hybrid and the UK’s first transmission-connected energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging hub. The partnership with UK-based Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, accelerates the uptake of low-carbon transport and integrates more renewable power into the National Grid.

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