World’s largest EV charging network planned for the UK

Posted: May 22, 2018 by oldbrew in Energy, News, Travel
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Electric car charging station [credit: Wikipedia]

Somebody has to pay for all this, and if the firm behind it goes bust who picks up the financial reins to keep the project going?

Plans were unveiled today to build a world-first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the UK, reports PEI.

Pivot Power is behind the £1.6bn programme, which will provide infrastructure to support the rapid adoption of EVs and underpin clean air policies, while introducing valuable flexibility into the energy system to accommodate the demands of mass EV charging and higher levels of intermittent renewable generation.

EV charging

Pivot Power plans to develop 45 sites around the country, installing grid-scale 50 MW batteries at electricity sub-stations connected directly to the extra-high-voltage transmission system. These will give the electricity system operator National Grid a huge resource in managing supply and demand.

The battery network will be the world’s biggest, storing enough electricity to supply 235,000 average homes for a day. It will have the ability to release or absorb two thirds the power of the planned Hinkley C nuclear power plant in response to grid balancing requirements.

Sites have been chosen near towns and major roads where they can also power rapid EV charging stations. These will be fed directly by the transmission system, and so will be able to offer mass charging at competitive rates, supporting up to 100 rapid 150KW chargers. They will also be able to support rapid 350KW chargers when they are available in the UK.

It will also be the world’s largest network of rapid charging stations, addressing the three biggest barriers to EV adoption identified by the Department for Transport: availability of chargers, distance travelled on a charge, and cost.

By offering affordable charging it will also lower the costs of car ownership for the next generation, the third biggest barrier.

Continued here.

  1. stewgreen says:

    Well it was a complete surprise to see a car at one of the 2 library charging points today
    I pass it every weekday 2 or 3 times and have never seen anyone using it.
    (The car has gone now.)
    Scunthorpe market has 4 charging points. There was a car there 1 time out of the 10 times I have passed it.
    There is also a fancy bike maintenance post here, very rarely used.
    Good job there are magic unicorns to pay for all these gimmicks, otherwise it would be taxpayers money.

  2. Ian W says:

    “installing grid-scale 50 MW batteries”
    Is that a 50MW second or a 50MW minute – or even a whole 50MWH?

    From the article linked:
    “Its rapid charging stations will have access to abundant power – each will have a 20MW connection, enough to supply a town of 10,000 homes.” For 10 minutes?

    It is unfortunate that these press releases show very little engineering understanding and seem to be pitched to get political support rather than provide confidence that the company actually has the capability that they are touting. The batteries will need continual recharging which assumes that there is surplus base load power generation to do so while there is STOR it is apparent that the grid engineers consider that surplus base load power generation may not be available.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Is that a 50MW second or a 50MW minute – or even a whole 50MWH?

    At a guess it’s 50 MW storage capacity which should mean about 55-60 MWh (+/- any number you care to think of).

  4. oldbrew says:

    The EU Commission has ruled that 11 safety features including autonomous emergency braking will be mandatory on all new cars from 2021.

    Along with AEB, which CarBuyer says is currently “an expensive option on many cars”, new vehicles must also be fitted with lane-keeping assistance, monitors to detect driver fatigue, and reversing cameras.

  5. Curious George says:

    The world’s largest EV charging network .. “supporting up to 100 rapid 150KW chargers”. A small world.

  6. TinyCO2 says:

    There’s still no sign that the potentially tough conditions immediately after Brexit are persuading ministers to stop gold plating our responsibilities.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Electric vehicles could save billions on energy storage
    May 22, 2018, Institute of Physics

    Using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile power storage could eliminate the need to build costly stationary grid storage for energy from renewable sources.

    That is the key finding of a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California, published this month in Environmental Research Letters.
    . . .
    “By removing the need to build new stationary grid storage, EVs can provide a dual benefit of decarbonizing transportation while lowering the capital costs for widespread renewables integration. These benefits are not limited to California, but are applicable worldwide whenever EVs and renewables generation become widespread.”

    Read more at:
    – – –
    Grandiose claims, but some pilot schemes might be a good idea. ‘Studies’ are OK but the reality has to be tested.

  8. Bitter@twisted says:

    Pivot Power.
    Another subsidy-driven scam.

  9. Saighdear says:

    Remember the Lithium batteries on fire; remember the Aluminium insulation sheeting ON FIRE, remember the useless Policy makers and politicians who never studied Physics …………..

  10. oldbrew says:

    From DW:
    The northern German city of Hamburg on Wednesday announced it will ban older diesel vehicles from some of its streets.

    The announcement came amid furious efforts by the German government to avoid diesel cars being banned from cities despite a landmark court ruling allowing the practice.

    Details of the ban

    From May 31, older diesel cars will be banned from two streets.
    The ban affects all diesel cars that do not meet Euro-6 emissions standards.
    About 168,000 cars registered in Hamburg are affected by the Max-Brauer-Allee ban.
    A ban on Stresemannstrasse only affects trucks.
    Violation will earn a fine of €25 ($30) for cars and €75 for trucks.

    The floodgates have opened 😐

  11. tallbloke says:

    IOP: Using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile power storage could eliminate the need to build costly stationary grid storage for energy from renewable sources.

    How will they stop the cables getting tangled up as all these mobile EV’s drive around while connected to the grid?

    Just asking…

  12. tallbloke says:

    OB: The floodgates have opened

    “Quick! get a water turbine to capture that open floodgate energy!”

    There are going to be a lot of swish turbodiesel cars going cheap on the secondhand market before long. I’ve never owned a diesel powered vehicle, because I always thought they were dirty, expensive, slow and noisy. I drove a borrowed VW Passat automatic 1.9TDI around last week and was pleasantly surprised.

    I still prefer LPG converted petrol engines though. Why was clean, cheap, plentiful LPG never developed further? Because it emits more CO2…

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    A point to ponder.

    As I understand it, the UK grid is on the edge of insufficient production.

    Batteries have some “self discharge rate”, often about 1% / day, but varies dramatically by type. This self discharge rate MUST be fed at some point or other if the battery is charged at all.

    There are losses in the charger, battery charging process, discharge process, and the inverter to turn the electricity back into AC power. Those can run anywhere from about 5% to 10% overall. (And can be even worse but I’m assuming they avoid the horrible choices).

    So each of these stations, for every MW they deliver, will need to be fed about 1.1 MW.

    Is it wise to add about 10% of parasitic demand (aka wasted energy) to the UK Grid?

    (Yes, I know, the idea is to supply that during low demand hours and give it back during marginal supply hours; BUT somebody will need to pay for that extra ~10% …)

  14. oldbrew says:

    This firm is described as a ‘demand response specialist’.

    Limejump aims for 1 GW battery capacity by 2022

    Limejump also sees a role for its battery capacity in taking advantage of high periods of renewable generation and their impact on price.

    “We do see a rise in negative prices as large baseload is replaced with intermittent solar or wind and with people moving off grid in the future, but batteries will be the most efficient type for these individuals as it is far easier to turn off a battery than a large power generation type,” the company added.

    Solar was at 23.5% an hour ago, still at 20% – unusually clear skies over much of UK this week.

  15. p.g.sharrow says:

    The laws of physics does not justify the cost of this kind of system. Only the heavy thumb of government can tip the balance in favor of this EV system of transport. EVERYONE must pay to create this Ecoloon dream, and PAY and PAY.
    Only a liquid fueled IC system gives the best compromise of solutions for most transportation. If this EV thing would work it wouldn’t require government intervention to force is adoption

  16. oldbrew says:

    More evidence electric car subsidies are welfare for rich people

    “About one-third of all households have annual incomes higher than $100,000,” the study noted.

    “However, about two-thirds of households with [battery electric vehicles] or [plug-in hybrid electric vehicles] have incomes higher than $100,000. Households with annual incomes lower than $25,000 account for about 16 percent of all households but about three percent of BEV- and PHEV-owning households.”

    Growth in the electric vehicle market has been tepid, despite numerous subsidies aimed to alleviate their costs, the study also noted.

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