UK-based battery energy storage firm Pivot Power has selected EDF to manage and optimise its Kemsley storage facility in Kent.
Optimising the 49.9MW battery storage facility will enable more flexible energy and renewables to be integrated into the UK power grid.
The deal will enable up to 2GW of flexible energy to be integrated into the UK’s high-voltage energy transmission network.
Using EDF’s Powershift platform, Pivot Power will be able to use its storage facility to offer ancillary services, as well as participate in the country’s wholesale energy market and balancing mechanisms to maximise revenues.
Kemsley is the first of two projects due to be commissioned in early 2021 and is part of a nationwide portfolio of 40 sites.
The project is expected to help the UK to meet its net-zero commitment.
As the UK continues to set new records for renewable generation, the need for flexible capacity is growing and battery storage is a cost-effective and proven technology that helps to increase system resilience and balance electricity supply and demand.
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.