Investment manager, Downing LLP, has unveiled plans to provide key investment in the initial stage of a world-first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the UK.
The batteries will serve a dual purpose, providing the infrastructure for rapid EV charging technology while also being capable of storing enough power to supply 235,000 average homes for a day. This storage capability creates a key resource for the National Grid, allowing it to better manage increasing supply and demand issues.
Downing aims to provide funding for the first battery project, which will be built on the south coast of England and operational by the middle of 2019. Downing also plans to raise institutional funding to progress the network rollout.
Pivot Power aims to have operational batteries at 10 sites from 18 months’ time, subject to planning approval. In total, the project intends to build a nationwide network across 45 sites, which will make it the world’s biggest battery network connected to the National Grid as well as the world’s largest network of rapid charging sites.
Development for up to 45 sites is being planned near towns and major roads, and each station will aim to support up to 100 rapid chargers offering mass charging at competitive rates.
The unprecedented programme is expected to cost £1.6 billion in total over a period of up to five years and Pivot Power is also in talks with institutional and strategic investors alongside potential partners, such as car manufacturers, charging providers, and technology and energy companies.
Both Downing and Pivot Power will supply further details of the project in due course, including progress with the first battery.
Colin Corbally, Partner at Downing LLP, commented:
Matt Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Power, added:
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