GRIDSERVE to open new innovation and operations centre in Swindon

By Nick Batten on 26 June, 2023

Calne-based GRIDSERVE, a tech-enabled sustainable energy company, which develops, builds, owns and operates the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway is opening a new innovation and technology facility in Swindon at unit 9&10 Westerngate, Hillmead Enterprise Park.

The GRIDSERVE Innovation and Operations Centre (GIOC) will also be home to the newly formed GRIDSERVE Technologies following the acquisition of Silver Power Systems (SPS), a leading IOT (Internet of Things) edge computing business, specialising in the technology-agnostic integration of battery data, analytics, telematics, monitoring and control systems.

GRIDSERVE Technologies will move to the new facility in July after which the fit out of the technical areas will begin.

The new GRIDSERVE Technologies team will combine SPS’ expertise and knowledge in proprietary IOT edge computing systems, with GRIDSERVE’s mission to deliver sustainable energy on the scale needed to move the needle on climate change. The opening of the GIOC, with GRIDSERVE Technologies at its core, will give the business substantial additional capabilities, allowing it to further optimise the performance of all components of its charging networks more efficiently and accurately than before.

At the new Swindon facility, GRIDSERVE Technologies will be instrumental in driving innovation and smart connectivity throughout the company’s Sun-to-Wheel ecosystem, intelligently integrating solar energy generation, battery storage, electric vehicle charging and electric vehicle data into a single platform to deliver the best possible EV customer experience.

Toddington Harper, Chief Executive Officer of GRIDSERVE, said, “Efficiency and innovation are key to delivering net zero transport within the timeframes available to us to move the needle on climate change. In opening the GRIDSERVE Innovation and Operations Centre and announcing the formation of GRIDSERVE Technologies, we are taking big steps forward to harness the power that technology and data can deliver for the EV transition.

“The greater the knowledge and integration we can achieve both within our teams and throughout the full Sun-to-Wheel ecosystem, the better the service, innovation, and customer experience we can deliver across our charging networks and partner locations.”

Pete Bishop, Chief Technology Officer of GRIDSERVE Technologies, and Founder of Silver Power Systems, added, “We’re hugely excited about what we can achieve together and the opening of GIOC in Swindon. The additional resources and investment will enable GRIDSERVE Technologies to further accelerate our unique technology development to better support GRIDSERVE’s platform and our customers.

“We’ve been welcomed with open arms and have been smoothly integrated into the GRIDSERVE team, allowing us to carry on delivering during the transition, with a renewed focus and significantly enlarged ambition.”

Pictured above: (left to right) Mervyn White, Pete Bishop and Paul Gillie from GRIDSERVE Technologies