Pivot Power announces $2.2B programme for building battery network for EVs in Britain
In an announcement made on Monday, Britain-based firm Pivot Power said that it is launching a 1.6-billion pound ($2.2 billion) programme for providing infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country.
The key aim of the programme announced by Pivot Power is to build battery network for EVs in Britain. The programme will also ensure that the power grid does not get excessively strained from the increasing demands of massive EV charging and sporadic renewable energy.
According to Pivot Power’s announcement, the programme will specifically pave the way for the development of a 2-gigawatt (GW) network of grid-scale batteries as well as fast EV charging stations in Britain
For the implementation of the programme, Pivot Power has planned 45 sites at sub-stations which are connected to the grid. Each of the sites planned by the company will have a grid-scale 50-megawatt battery. The company has efforts underway to ensure that batteries at 10 sites become operational in 18 months.
About its new programme, Pivot Power said that the battery network which it plans to build in Britain will be the biggest battery network in the world, with the ability to store enough power to meet the daily requirements of 235,000 average households.
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