Pivot Power, an arm of EDF Renewables, has won planning approval for two new grid-scale battery storage facilities in Bedfordshire and Cornwall.
The first project, in Luton, comprises a 50MW/100 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium ion battery storage facility set for construction in early 2023.
It will be connected to National Grid’s Sundon Substation later in the year.
Once constructed, Pivot Power will also develop a private wire for electric vehicle (EV) charging.
The other project, in Indian Queens, in Cornwall, is for a 50MW/100MWh battery.
Pivot Power will share a grid connection with two other developers, including Renewable Connections, a UK-based renewable energy company, who submitted a joint planning application with Pivot Power.
Both companies have received consent for a 50 MW/100 MWh battery each for construction and connection to the National Grid in 2024.
Pivot Power will also support the local community by adding a private wire once the battery is live, helping to bolster the EV charging infrastructure in Cornwall.
Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen said: “Pivot Power’s smart power infrastructure will help to manage the intermittency of renewables and improve the resilience of the UK’s electricity system.
“Working closely with local councils, we will help to create a smarter, more flexible grid and supercharge the path to net zero.”
John Leith, development director at Renewable Connections added: “We have worked closely with Pivot Power and National Grid to design and consent a combined battery storage asset suitable for connection at the end of the transmission network in Cornwall.”
Pivot Power’s Kemsley battery storage site (Credit: EDF)
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