Pivot Power has placed an order with technology group Wärtsilä for 100MW of energy storage to be sited in the UK.The contract is the first to be announced since EDF Renewables acquired Pivot Power in November 2019.
Pivot Power is developing a national network of grid-scale batteries and high-volume power connections to provide capacity for rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging. The two 50MW lithium-ion batteries will be used at the first two projects, Cowley in Oxford and Kemsley in Kent, expected to be fully operational this year.
Wärtsilä said it had set its sights on the UK as a key new market.
The systems are based on Wärtsilä’s energy management software platform GEMS, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning in intelligent management of large-scale energy storage systems, and its GridSolv modular storage solution.