When energy storage meets electric vehicles: Smart solutions for critical infrastructure challenges

In the fast lane towards net-zero: Building sustainable energy infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of a clean transport future.

Demonstrating a vision for integrated energy and infrastructure planning, in one of the first projects to combine electric vehicles (EVs) with energy storage at large scale, Wärtsilä Energy and Pivot Power are deploying 100 megawatts (MW) of energy storage in the UK.

Pivot Power, an EDF Renewables company, is developing a world-first, national network of grid-scale batteries for rapid EV charging. The two 50 MW lithium-ion battery systems will be the first projects completed as part of Pivot Power’s programme of grid-scale energy storage and high-volume power connections.

By coupling large-scale energy storage with forecasted load demand, the project will enable a smoother transition to decarbonise both the energy and transport sectors and avoid the need to build out new fossil-fuel based infrastructure.

The projects will provide balancing services for the UK grid, including frequency response, electricity market trading and reactive power services. Plus, both sites will address two critical infrastructure challenges:

  • Bringing valuable flexibility to the electricity network to support an energy system that is cleanaffordable, and secure, with a pipeline of up to 2 GW of energy storage projects under development across 40 sites
  • How to develop mass-scale, rapid charging infrastructure to accelerate the uptake of EVs in the UK

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18 November 2020