Big Battery Storage Facility Approved for Chalton - EV charging to become more available

  • Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, has won planning approval for a new grid-scale battery storage facilities at Chalton, Sundon, Bedfordshire.

This is one of two projects forming part of Pivot Power’s nationwide rollout of ‘energy superhubs’, designed to deliver up to 2 GW of transmission-connected battery storage and high-volume power connections.

Taking power from the grid and storing it in big batteries

The 50 MW/100 MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility in Sundon could begin construction in early 2023, aiming to be connected to the National Grid’s Sundon substation later. Once constructed, Pivot Power will also develop a private wire for electric vehicle (EV) charging.

In Indian Queens, in Cornwall, Pivot Power will share a grid connection with two other developers, including Renewable Connections, with whom Pivot Power submitted a joint planning application. 

Alongside a similar site in the West Midlands, which started construction last year, the Sundon and Indian Queens battery storage facilities will replicate core elements of Pivot Power’s Energy Superhub Oxford project.

Pivot Power chief executive Matt Allen said, “Today’s energy infrastructure is not equipped to support the massive transition to renewables that we need to see in the coming decades. Grid flexibility is essential to future-proof our electricity system and help deliver secure, affordable, low carbon power. Pivot Power’s smart power infrastructure will help to manage the intermittency of renewables and improve the resilience of the UK’s electricity system. Working closely with local councils, we will help to create a smarter, more flexible grid and supercharge the path to net zero.”

Permission was granted by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) on 26 January 2022. A  Construction  Traffic  Management  Plan(CTMP)  needs to be submitted and approved in writing by  CBC before construction can begin. Other conditions include the presentation of a biodiversity method statement, a noise mitigation scheme for local dwellings, and a tree protection fencing scheme.

The Planning Statement says there have been significant improvements in battery technology recently making battery storage facilities much more efficient.  The improvements resulted in changes to the configuration of battery cells and the containers within which they are located. This was partly the reason for the revised planning application CB/21/02829/FULL being submitted. 

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 – they are enabling rapid electric vehicle charging on a mass scale, powered by low carbon energy sources. 

To learn more about the plans go to CBC's planning portal at and search for 21/02829 and follow 'View Documents' link.