24 Jun 20
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Pivot Power appoints EDF to optimise battery asset at new energy storage facility through PowerShift platform

EDF will be optimising the battery assets at Pivot Power's Kemsley site in Kent
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  • 49.9MW battery asset to be optimised in Kent

  • Pivot Power’s battery storage portfolio will help balance the grid

Pivot Power has appointed EDF to optimise 49.9MW of battery assets at their Kemsley site in Kent, helping to facilitate greater flexible electricity capacity for the grid.

Pivot Power (part of EDF Renewables) specialises in battery storage and power infrastructure for electric vehicle (EV) charging. Kemsley is the first of two projects due to be commissioned in early 2021 and is part of a nationwide portfolio of 40 sites. These sites will be connected to the high-voltage transmission network and will provide up to 2GW of flexible capacity to integrate more renewable energy and support the UK’s net zero commitment.

As the UK continues to set new records for renewable generation, the need for flexible capacity is growing. Battery storage is a cost-effective and proven technology which helps to increase system resilience and balance electricity supply and demand.

With many years’ experience trading in the UK market, EDF is helping Britain achieve net zero through its industry-leading battery optimisation capabilities. This partnership will allow Pivot Power to maximise revenues for their Kemsley battery asset via EDF’s PowerShift platform across the following areas: ancillary services, wholesale optimisation and balancing mechanism.  

Stuart Fenner, Commercial Lead at EDF, said: “EDF is a global leader as a developer, owner and optimiser of distributed energy assets with industry leading technical and commercial expertise. Our colleagues at Pivot Power are developing some of the most exciting projects in the country and we are very proud to be a key part of their success.”

Matt Allen, CEO of Pivot Power, said: “To accelerate a green recovery and meet its net zero target, the UK needs to invest in low carbon infrastructure. Our battery portfolio will help future-proof the UK’s energy system, giving it the essential flexibility to manage growing levels of solar and wind power whilst also supporting the adoption of EVs. We’re excited to be working with EDF’s PowerShift platform to bring our Kemsley battery project to life and help build a low carbon electric future.”

Pivot Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables UK that was acquired in 2019 as part of its strategy to accelerate its development of battery storage and EV charging.

For more information contact:

EDF Media Team

24-hour press line: +44 (0)1452 652233

media@edfenergy.com or edfenergy@goodrelations.co.uk

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operates one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and plans for new power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Hinkley Point C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy as well as boosting skills and education.

EDF also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables, solar and battery storage. The company’s largest offshore wind farm is currently being built in Scotland and the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project will be ready in 2023. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity or selling energy back to the grid. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

About Pivot Power

Pivot Power develop and operate grid-scale batteries and provide power infrastructure required for EV charging throughout the UK. Its dual mission is to support an energy system that is clean, affordable and secure by providing valuable flexibility, and to accelerate the EV revolution by creating a nationwide private wire network to operators of rapid charging that is low-cost, rapid and scalable. Pivot Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables UK.

For more information

EDF Media Team
24-hour press line: +44 (0)1452 652233
media@edfenergy.com