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‘Human Swan’ to visit Kemsley to raise awareness of climate challenge

Category: Pivot Power Battery Storage People
date: 12 August 2021

“Human Swan” Sacha Dench will visit Kemsley tomorrow as part of the Round Britain Climate Challenge, a 3,000+ mile journey around the coast of Britain using an electric paramotor. EDF is the headline sponsor for the challenge and the aim is to engage the country in the climate crisis and meet the people and organisations working to tackle climate change.

Sacha will visit a new battery storage system being developed by Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, to the north of Kemsley, alongside National Grid’s Kemsley substation.

Battery storage is essential to help power more of our lives with clean energy and accelerate net zero. It helps to manage peaks and troughs in supply and demand and increase the safety and security of the UK’s electricity network. The system at Kemsley will store up to 50MWh of electricity – enough to power almost 60,000 homes for an hour[1].

Kemsley battery storage system

Kemsley battery storage system

Commenting on the challenge, Sacha said: “This is the first time an electric paramotor has been used for such a long journey. It is already proving to be an exciting challenge and I’m enjoying meeting people, like those at Kemsley battery storage site, hearing their stories and talking to them about climate change solutions.

“It is beautiful up there. You get incredible views and I’m really getting to see how the landscape and its features, including coastal landmarks like wind farms, power stations, rivers, farmland, and wilderness all fit together.”

Matt Allen, CEO of Pivot Power said: “Battery storage is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to accelerating a net zero future and supports EDF’s position as Britain’s biggest generator of zero-carbon electricity, generating power from wind, nuclear and solar. I am delighted Sacha has chosen to visit our Kemsley battery storage site as she highlights the people and places of Britain engaged in the fight against climate change. Pivot Power are right behind Sacha and her team as the Round Britain Climate Challenge continues its amazing journey.”

Peter Hancock, Lead Project Engineer at National Grid said: “Great Britain’s grid is changing, with record levels of renewable sources generating our power. We’re using innovative new approaches to connect these new sources to our network and battery storage such as Pivot Power’s Kemsley site can help make the most of this green energy, ensuring it can be stored and used all year round.”

More information on the Round Britain Climate Challenge and EDF’s involvement is available here.

[1] Assumes full 1 hour discharge of 50MW and average annual domestic consumption of 3772kWh.


Notes to editors


For more information and images of the Kemsley battery storage system please contact Pivot Power: Nicole Gilbert, / 07501 097847

National Grid media enquiries: Ben Davis, / 07971 539999

Images from the Round Britain Climate Challenge are available to download here:

About Pivot Power

Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, creates the low carbon infrastructure needed to future-proof our electricity system, integrate more renewable energy, and provide scalable capacity for electric vehicle charging. By creating a nationwide network of Energy Superhubs – combining big batteries and high-volume power connections – we are enabling rapid electric vehicle charging on a mass scale, powered by low carbon energy sources. A map of all our proposed Energy Superhubs can be found at:

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