Project Spotlight

Pivot Power

2 x 50MW / 50MWh & 2 x 50MW / 100MWh
Energy storage accelerates a clean electric future in the UK

Towards a net zero target

Storage fuels renewable transport investment in the UK

The UK has an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to be net-zero by 2050. Together with Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, Wärtsilä teamed up to help the country reach this decarbonisation target. 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 Pivot Power accelerates the uptake of low-carbon transport and integrates more renewable power into the National Grid.

Four energy storage projects with sites in Kemsley, Cowley, Coventry and Bustleholm are deploying cutting-edge storage technology including the GEMS Digital Energy Platform and will:

  • Integrate renewable generation cost-effectively
  • Help enhance the reliability of the UK’s electricity system
  • Support Pivot Power’s in their roll-out of the innovative Energy Superhub model to enable a rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the country

Main Data


Customer Pivot Power
Site sizes 2 x 50MW / 50MWh
2 x 50MW / 100MWh
Site locations Cowley & Kemsley – each 50MW / 50MWh
Coventry & Bustleholm – each 50MW / 100MWh
Applications Balancing services for the
UK National Grid, including:

  • Frequency response
  • Electricity market trading
  • Reactive power and electric vehicle charging services
  • Service+ GAP
Scope of services Engineered equipment delivery (EEQ)
Lifecycle solution 10-year service agreement with
performance guarantees
Delivery 2020-2021
COD 2021-2022

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.”

Cowley

The 50MW / 50MWh 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

In Kemsley, Kent, we are building a 50MW / 50MWh 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

The Coventry 50MW / 100MWh 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

The Bustleholm 50MW / 100MWh 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.

Delivering clean, smart and flexible power

The integration of grid-scale batteries with the charging stations provides grid balancing services, plus the sophisticated GEMS software focuses on performance optimisation for both renewable—energy storage and EV charging stations—and traditional power sources. These systems provide several services—such as frequency regulation—and for each service, generate a different value stream. GEMS’ data-based intelligence optimises the suite of ancillary services to support the grid, and in doing so, helps generate revenue, enabling Pivot Power to benefit from multiple revenue streams, while also supplying balancing services for the UK National Grid.

The deployment of these four systems showcases Wärtsilä’s competencies in optimising energy systems and combining multiple power generation assets into a flexible and reliable solution that can dynamically adjust according to the demands of the market, optimising the energy produced. As the global market, and, in particular UK clean energy goals, moves towards more flexible and sustainable energy systems, storage will continue to provide the needed flexibility and reliability to support renewables and their integration.

Challenge

Wärtsilä's Solution

Benefit

Provide grid balancing services to the UK National Grid

Adding reliability to the grid via sophisticated storage technology to support EV charging infrastructure

Reduces carbon footprint in the UK

Integrate renewables

Grid-balancing services to ensure the reliability of electricity generation and supply across the UK grid

Enables the growing share of renewables

Support transition towards low-carbon infrastructure

Future-proofing of assets under a single portfolio

Greater National Grid stability and flexibility

Webinar

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

In the fast lane towards net-zero: Wärtsilä and Pivot Power discuss building sustainable energy infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of a clean transport future.

Webinar

The 1st utility scale transmission-connected energy storage solution to accelerate the UK transition to clean energy transport

Wärtsilä and Pivot Power discuss how smart technologies and flexibility are required for the growing battery storage and renewable energy infrastructure market in the UK.