Matthew Neville

City of York to use new EV charging ‘HyperHub’ to help National Grid and earn revenue

City of York Council has chosen GridBeyond, an intelligent energy technology provider, to control and monetise energy flexibility of its new EV charging ‘HyperHub’ at Monks Cross Park & Ride, a part of the largest public EV charging site in the north of England.

The hub consists of solar panel canopies, an energy storage unit and both rapid and ultra-rapid chargers; the latter being the first for the city. GridBeyond will be responsible for managing the flexibility of a 350 KW on-site battery and enabling its participation in grid balancing services.

By connecting the battery to the AI-powered energy technology platform, GridBeyond Point, energy flexibility of the hub will enable National Grid to integrate more renewable energy sources onto the electricity network, further supporting the decarbonisation of the economy.

In addition to advancing the net zero agenda, the City of York will receive a regular monthly revenue from National Grid for participation in frequency balancing services.

GridBeyond’s platform will provide advanced energy monitoring, forecasting and reporting on the battery and its state of charge, ensuring the flexibility is monetised through the most lucrative programmes and markets.

The EV hub at Monks Cross Park & Ride is one of the two new fast charging facilities created by the City of York. The second site will be located at Poppleton Bar Park & Ride. Together, they will constitute the largest ‘HyperHubs’ in the region, and the first project of this type that ties together EV charging, renewable generation and energy storage in the City.

Mark Davis, Managing Director UK & Ireland at GridBeyond, commented: “We are delighted to be working with the City of York Council and EvoEnergy on ensuring the maximisation of both financial and environmental benefits from the battery at the new EV charging ‘HyperHub’.

“The development of a reliable EV charging infrastructure is a critical enabler for energy transition and grid decarbonisation.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader, and Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, added: “The ‘HyperHub’ does not only deliver immediate benefits to the EVs users, enabling them to charge their cars easily and swiftly, using renewable energy, but the project will also contribute to the decarbonisation of the whole energy network.”

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