SSE Enterprise plays a key role in installing new charge points to help its employees go EV
SSE plc is drawing upon the infrastructure installation expertise of its distributed energy division to help it on the road to net zero by installing EV charge points across its sites.
A combined total of 42 new EV parking bays will be installed across Perth and Reading – the main employee bases for the FTSE-30 low carbon energy company. As a result, SSE employees visiting these sites can now have greater confidence in making the switch to EV.
The SSE EV Team is working to deliver these smart charge points with manufacturer Alfen – a European systems integrators whose manufacturing history dates back to 1937.
Kevin Welstead, EV director in SSE Enterprise, said the new infrastructure would would have the potential to help SSE’s 12,000 employees along the road to net zero.
He said: “We are very proud to deliver further EV workplace infrastructure which will significantly increase SSE’s capability to charge fleets and private vehicles across its estate. We want to show other companies we can be their partner of choice when it comes to decarbonising their fleet or company cars and get SSE plc well on the road to net zero.”
Jonathan Richardson, SSE project manager for the installation at Reading, added: “Expanding SSE’s EV charging capacity at our headquarters in England shows we are taking our low carbon ambitions seriously and gives employees the confidence to switch to EVs; and as someone who has just got their own EV I’m delighted. Our message to UK companies is we stand ready to help you go green.”
SSE plc is member of EV100, the Climate Group voluntary scheme to electrify fleets, and is committed to convert its 3,500 strong fleet to EVs, as part of its ambition to be a leading energy provider in a low carbon world. And has also aligned its own business strategy with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including building the flexible electricity network and infrastructure to help accommodate 10m EVs in GB by 2030.
SSE Enterprise has a proven track record of bringing innovation to EV infrastructure. It is leading the deployment of the world’s largest vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial site at Go Ahead London’s Northumberland Park in London which will run as a ‘virtual power station’ and generate electricity from buses when they are not in use.
SSE Enterprise is also part of a unique partnership to convert hundreds of lock up garage sites in London managed by InfraTech Property Solutions (IPS) into smart charging sites. These Digital Community Hubs (DCHs) will combine rapid charging with 5G and Edge computing technology housed at up to 20 rapid charging bays with an onsite coffee van.
SSE Enterprise Utilities (becoming SSE Energy Solutions) are delighted to be working with Mountpark Logistics in the provision of energy infrastructure for the Bristol XL development in Avonmouth, Bristol.
Mountpark Bristol XL is a new 1.3m sq. ft. industrial/logistics development situated at the gateway to the South West. The site has the ability to provide a single unit of up to 1m sq. ft and is situated in a prime distribution location adjacent to the established Central Park area of Avonmouth, 10 miles to the North West of Bristol City Centre. It will benefit from new electricity infrastructure with a capacity of up to 8MVA.
We have developed a power solution to meet the demands of the development. The network and assets will be adopted by SSE Enterprise’s IDNO business Forbury Assets Limited.
“Bristol XL is another significant project in the Industrial & Logistics sector, a core area for our business, and we are proud to be supporting Mountpark in bringing this prime development to life” explains Noel Powell, Senior Business Development Manager, “Whilst initially focused on providing the electricity network to the development, we see this as a foundation to introduce wider distributed energy solutions in line with our strategy of supporting net zero and long-term investment in energy infrastructure.”
A North London bus garage is set to become a ‘virtual power station’, generating electricity from buses when not in use. Following a transformation to garage nearly 100 new zero-emission electric buses, Northumberland Park is now one of the biggest electric bus facilities in Europe. The project, called Bus2Grid, is believed to be the world’s largest vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial site.
V2G technology enables energy stored in an electric vehicle’s battery to be fed back into the electricity network. By recharging when demand is low and putting energy into the grid when it is high, V2G helps manage the peaks and troughs, balance the network and make it more efficient.
If the entire London bus fleet of around 9,000 vehicles were to be converted with the technology being used in the Bus2Grid project, it could theoretically provide enough energy to supply more than 150,000 homes.
SSE Enterprise’s Distributed Energy business is set to boost internal air quality in mechanically ventilated buildings with the help of a proven technology that utilises the principle of bipolar ionisation.