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The power of battery energy storage in LEVI funded projects

Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funding is being awarded to local authorities to deliver more charge points for residents – find out how battery energy storage can help…

19/07/2023

We talked to Anya Bramich, our Head of Marketing, about how battery energy storage could add value to LEVI-funded charging projects, to overcome capacity issues on site and boost your project’s green credentials.

The government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund supports local authorities to roll out charging infrastructure for local residents who don’t have off-street parking and need to charge their electric vehicles (EVs).

Local authorities that are successful in their EOI submission will need to put together a solid business case, which will be assessed against criteria including value for money and the green credentials of any suppliers.

On March 18, 2024, the Government announced the next round of LEVI funding, with 44 councils granted funding to boost charge point roll-out.

What can the LEVI fund be used for?

The fund is focused on low-power charge points which are used to charge EVs belonging to local residents. You can also include some rapid charge points in your project, for commercial cars, vans and taxis, as long as the main focus of your project remains on residents.

As well as funding the charge points themselves, the money awarded can also be used for associated costs – like battery storage, which can help you demonstrate the best possible value for money for your project.

Where battery storage can support projects

For charging hubs which include multiple charge points or to support high-powered chargers.

Where battery storage is not applicable

On-street residential where space is limited or lamp-post charge points.

How can battery storage increase value for money?

When planning an EV charging hub for local residents, you might find that the site doesn’t have enough power capacity for the new charge points – especially when looking to include large numbers of charge points or rapid charge points. One solution is a grid upgrade – but this can be very expensive and time-consuming.

A more cost-effective answer could be a battery energy storage system, which stores power when demand is low, and releases it when it’s needed. You can even programme it to store energy when tariffs are cheaper, helping to make the business case stronger.

Battery energy storage means you can avoid an expensive grid upgrade and you can reduce the cost of powering your new EV charge points. And even if you do decide to upgrade your power supply, incorporating battery storage can reduce the cost by helping to reduce large energy spikes caused by demands at particular times of the day.

Find out more about how battery energy storage supports EV charging in our latest whitepaper.

Demonstrating carbon reduction in LEVI Fund projects

One of the conditions of LEVI funding is that the suppliers you work with can show how carbon reduction is part of their processes.

Connected Energy specialises in creating battery energy storage systems by reusing EV batteries – so our methods double the life of an EV battery and reduce the carbon emissions that come with the manufacture of new batteries. A carbon saving from the outset!

Examples of battery storage being used by local authorities

Dundee City Council is already using our E-STOR battery storage in two of its charging hubs. The E-STOR is programmed to monitor the grid load, to ensure demand is always met. If demand from the vehicles plugged into the hub gets close to exceeding the power available from the grid, E-STOR kicks in to bridge the gap.

Battery energy storage systems provide us with a practical, proven and cost-effective route to expanding our EV charging infrastructure."

Frazer Crichton, Dundee City Council

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If your council is working towards a stage two application, why not speak to us now about incorporating battery storage into your bid? Our team can undertake a feasibility study on your potential sites and evaluate the additional benefit that a battery energy storage system can bring.