GS Yuasa installs hybrid lead and lithium EV charging system at UK port

by John Shepherd
Pilot battery system to start up soon. Photo: GS Yuasa
A hybrid lithium-ion and lead-acid battery system has been installed at Portsmouth International Port in the UK as part of the Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) project.

The pilot system, using batteries from GS Yuasa, will provide power for electric vehicle charging and localised grid support, allowing EVs to be fast charged during the day from electricity supplied overnight at a lower tariff.

GS Yuasa said the 100kW battery, which will start operating “in the near future”, will help the port demonstrate how it can operate as a smart energy network.

The lead-acid batteries were manufactured at GS Yuasa’s Ebbw Vale factory in Wales, while the lithium batteries came from Japan.

GS Yuasa said the installation followed months of planning and construction at its Ebbw Vale factory. The company’s technicians installed specialist racking, custom built equipment, 240 Yuasa ENL batteries and a lithium-ion energy storage cabinet into a containerised 20ft weatherproof shelter at the port’s freight entrance.

Mark Greer, general sales manager for the reserve & renewable power division at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK, said: “Our containerised dual-chemical battery system has been designed to create an environmentally-conscious energy storage solution.”

PESO is a two-year project co-funded by Innovate UK.