Cowley battery storage system

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Pivot Power

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.

2
GW

Amount of battery storage
Pivot Power is developing
across the UK

13
GW

Battery storage UK needs by 2030*

*National Grid Future Energy Scenarios 2021

50
MW
/
50
MWh

Lithium-ion battery

2
MW
/
5
MWh

Vanadium flow battery

Energy Superhub Oxford

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.

Cowley battery storage system

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.

Cowley Battery Site Interactive

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Interactive map

Welcome to the Cowley Battery site

Take a 360 walk around the Cowley Battery site, click on an orange hotspot to discover each of the key site areas and listen to the audio to learn more as you go through.

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