To respond to the climate emergency, we need to find smarter, cleaner ways to power our lives.
As part of EDF Renewables, we are creating a national network of Energy Superhubs – combining big batteries and high-volume power connections for electric vehicle (EV) charging – to accelerate a net zero future.
We’re starting with Energy Superhub Oxford, a pioneering project we’re leading with Oxford City Council, to help Oxford reach net zero by 2040.
Our aim is to create a blueprint for towns and cities across the UK to cut carbon emissions and improve air quality.
*National Grid Future Energy Scenarios 2021
Energy Superhub Oxford is creating the low carbon infrastructure needed to transform how Oxford’s citizens power their lives – from travelling to work on an electric bus to heating their home with warm air rising from the ground.
With backing from UKRI, it brings together partners from across the public and private sector to demonstrate how we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and decarbonise power, transport and heat.
At the heart of the project is the giant hybrid battery we have developed at Cowley.
The hybrid battery combines the high-power capabilities of a 50MW/50MWh lithium-ion battery with the heavy cycling, non-degrading characteristics of a 2MW/5MWh vanadium flow battery to cost-effectively integrate more renewables, increase system resilience and future-proof the UK’s electricity network.
It shares a direct connection to the high-voltage transmission network with a 4-mile private wire network delivering large volumes of power to EV charging locations across the city. The first of these will be the UK’s largest public charging hub at Redbridge Park & Ride, featuring 40 fast to ultra-rapid chargers.
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