Pivot Power and our Consortium partners have announced a new £41 million Energy Superhub to be built in Oxford, providing a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality.
The Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project will showcase cutting-edge electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems, and low carbon heating, plus smart energy management technologies to support Oxford City Council’s journey to zero carbon. A multi-million pound award from the UK’s innovation agency, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will accelerate delivery timescales for the project.
Using innovative new battery technology, ESO aims to deliver 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year saving by 2021, rising to 44,000 tonnes per year by 2032.
Pivot Power will create a new connection to the transmission network servicing the largest hybrid battery ever deployed and bringing power to a 10 km network of charging stations that will kickstart an electric vehicle revolution across the city. Pivot Power’s private-wire network across south Oxford will have enough power to charge hundreds of vehicles at the same time.
Approximately 100 ultra-rapid and fast chargers will be installed initially at a public charging station on the A34 and at the Council’s main vehicle depots. The network will also run past the city’s two main bus depots, providing the opportunity for their fleets to go electric.
In January 2019, Oxford City Council declared a climate emergency and committed to working with partners to deliver widespread carbon reductions. The Council aims to use some of the UKRI grant to convert part of its vehicle fleet to electric, including refuse collection trucks, sweepers, tippers and vans. The funding will also support the Council’s ‘Try before you Buy’ programme for Hackney Carriage Vehicle drivers to transition the black cab fleet from 100% diesel to 100% electric by 2025.
In July 2019, South Oxfordshire District Council granted Pivot Power permission to install a 50 MW grid-scale battery at Cowley electricity sub-station.”
The ESO consortium partners are Oxford City Council, Pivot Power, Habitat Energy, Kensa Contracting, redT energy and the University of Oxford.
Habitat Energy, an Oxford-based firm, will provide the intelligence to optimise the trading of the battery storage in the power markets, as well as the timing of the EV charging and heat pump activation to maximise value to the end consumer and benefit to the grid.
redT energy, the UK-based energy storage infrastructure specialist, will showcase its cutting-edge vanadium flow batteries.
Kensa Contracting will install 300 UK designed and manufactured innovative low-carbon ground source heat pump systems, which will result in 25% lower running costs than traditional gas boilers.
The University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and Department of Engineering Science will assess the impacts of the project and advise on how they can be replicated, both across the country and abroad.