Why are we building a battery storage facility?

Battery storage is essential to enable greater use of renewable energy and meet the UK Government’s legally binding target to end the country’s contribution to climate change by 2050. The technology automatically charges and discharges throughout the day to help National Grid manage peaks and troughs in electricity supply and demand. It will also deliver economic benefits, helping to create a smarter, more flexible energy system which could save up to £40 billion by 2050.

How will North West Birmingham benefit?

This battery storage facility will help to ensure clean, affordable and secure electricity supplies in the North West Birmingham area and beyond, as polluting coal and gas-fired power stations close and more intermittent renewable energy is brought onto the grid.

It will also provide additional power capacity to support the installation of an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network. This won’t be delivered on-site, but will involve a private wire delivering power to locations to the north west of Birmingham to enable ultra-rapid public charging hubs and fleet charging, which will bring additional investment, employment and visitors.

Discussions are underway with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, neighbouring councils and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to maximise the opportunities for the project to support the region’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and create sustainable jobs and economic growth.

Sandwell will be one of the earliest communities in the country to benefit from this unique infrastructure investment, following on from the development of Pivot Power’s first site in Oxford. Energy Superhub Oxford is a pioneering project being developed in partnership with Oxford City Council and forms part of a national programme of up to 40 sites being developed by Pivot Power to deliver up to 2 gigawatts of battery storage. The programme is of national importance to support the UK energy transition and respond to the climate emergency.

Where is the site?

The site comprises approximately 1.42ha of land directly to the east of National Grid’s Bustleholme substation. Access is via Painswick Close, the existing access road connecting the Bustleholme Substation with Woodruff Way.

What will the development consist of?

The development will consist of a number of battery storage units of less than 3m in height and associated electrical infrastructure, surrounded by a 2.4m security fence. Nine CCTV camera poles measuring 4.2m high will be erected. The batteries are connected directly to the substation.

When will work commence?

We started construction of the battery storage site in Q4 2021 and we expect the battery to be operational by mid-2022.

How can you find out more?

If you have any questions about the project please get in touch via email at

Full details of the planning application can be viewed on Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s website using reference DC/20/64437.

Battery storage site construction underway

Battery storage site construction underway

Battery storage site render

Bustleholme planning design access statement

Bustleholme aerial site plan

Bustleholme site layout plan