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POWER AWARDS
December 2021
Transportation Electrification Project, UK
T
he UK has a goal for net-zero greenhouse
gas emissions by 2050. The
target has spurred innovation in the
power generation sector, with researchers
and engineers working to find ways to produce
cleaner electricity without sacrificing
reliability and resiliency-all while recognizing
such initiatives should be part of a
larger business strategy.
Wärtsilä, the Finnish technology group, and Pivot Power, part
of EDF Renewables that is focused on battery storage and power
infrastructure for electric vehicle (EV) charging, have teamed
on projects that provide a model for cleaner generation while
also furthering the electrification of transportation in the UK.
Pivot Power sought a solution to develop its superhub model,
combining battery storage with high-volume power connections
for rapid EV charging across the UK. It specifically needed
to deliver flexibility and reliability, and support the integration of
renewable energy into the UK's power grid. It partnered with
Wärtsilä, citing that company's experience in energy storage
and complex multi-application systems. The pairing resulted in
deployment of Wärtsilä's GridSolv solution, which is incorporated
with the company's GEMS software.
" The projects support the UK's commitment to reach netzero
emissions by 2050 by supporting the growth of transmission-connected
power networks for rapid EV charging and
mitigating the need for more fossil-fuel generation plants to accommodate
peak demand, " said Andrew Tang, vice president
Courtesy: Wärtsilä Energy
for Wärtsilä Energy Storage & Optimization. " The projects provide
needed flexibility and reliability to support a higher share
of renewables integration by providing balancing services for
the UK utility, National Grid, including frequency response,
electricity market trading, and reactive power. "
Wärtsilä's initial projects with Pivot Power-each a
50-MW/50-MWh lithium-ion battery system, one in Cowley
in Oxford, England, and the other in Kemsley in Kent, England-share
a direct connection to the high-voltage transmission
network, with a high-volume power connection for
mass-scale, rapid EV charging. The groups' collaboration on
the projects, designed to promote a first-ever national network
of grid-scale batteries and EV charging infrastructure,
could be a blueprint for similar rollouts in other countries. The
project's innovation makes the installations POWER's choice
for its Smart Grid Award. ■
Love's Travel Stops Solar and EV Charging, U.S.
P
ower industry analysts say electrification
of the U.S. transportation
sector is poised for dramatic growth.
Among the major challenges is the buildout
of charging infrastructure, to make recharging
an electric vehicle (EV) as convenient
as filling a gas tank.
Love's Travel Stops, an Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma-based company well known to travelers across
much of the U.S., has built a network of locations dedicated to
providing the trucking industry and motorists with a place to refuel.
Love's Family of Companies includes Trillium, its unit that
provides alternative fuels, including compressed natural gas
and hydrogen. Trillium also provides solar power installation, EV
charging infrastructure, and onsite electricity generation.
Among Trillium's achievements is the company's support
of California's Central Valley Electric Highway, part of a larger
EV charging highway project. The California EV-charging installations,
completed last year, are the result of a partnership
between Trillium and EV Connect, a cloud-based software platform
for managing EV charging stations.
The company's innovation has continued with deployment
of EV chargers at Love's locations that generate their own
power from solar installations at the sites. Trillium in 2021
completed solar energy installations at three Love's store locations
in Illinois, joining others in California and Love's first
solar project in New Mexico. The solar systems are interconnected
with each location and will offset the electricity de6
Courtesy:
Love's Travel Stops
mand from the stores; any excess power generated will then
be exported to the respective city's power grid through a netmetering
program.
" Love's originally began looking at solar to decrease operating
expenses and operate in a more environmentally friendly
way, " said Kim Okafor, the company's Strategic Business Development
Manager. " Hundreds of different Love's locations
were considered. Store canopies and other spaces were
looked at to determine the most optimal location for solar installations.
These installations have given us an understanding
of how to implement solar technology at additional locations in
the future. "
The Love's and Trillium power projects are an example of
how long-standing companies-in this case, a group approaching
its 60th year in operation-are adapting to the changing
energy landscape and transforming their commercial business
to accommodate future growth. The company's model makes
it a worthy recipient of POWER's Commercial and Industrial
Generation Award. ■
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