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Hoppecke to supply batteries for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station


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Date: 11 September 2017

Hoppecke to supply batteries for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station 

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Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has been announced as the supplier of 
batteries for the safety systems in the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Being built by EDF on the north Somerset coast in the south-west of England, the Hinkley Point project involves constructing a 3,200MWe (Megawatt electric) nuclear power station with two EPR pressurised water reactors. The proposed site is one of eight announced by the UK government in 2011 and in November 2012 a nuclear site licence was granted. The EDF board approved the project in July 2016 and the following month the UK government signed it off.

The first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation, Hinkley Point C is expected to take 10 years to build, create over 25,000 new jobs, offer substantial opportunities for local, national and international businesses and bring lasting benefits to communities throughout the region. The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has a projected lifetime of 60 years and is financed by EDF of France and CGN of China. When it is fully operational the facility will meet 7% of the UK's power generation needs and, says EDF, avoid 600m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifespan.

After a lengthy evaluation process, Hoppecke - which is currently celebrating 90 years in energy management - was chosen to supply batteries for the power station's safety systems. Hoppecke is a major supplier of nuclear power plant batteries that meet German KTA and international IEEE safety standards in Germany, Switzerland, China, Brazil and many other parts of the world.

The Hinkley Point C order comes at a time when Hoppecke UK has also recruited Martin Waterton as its new reserve power account manager. Martin has vast experience in UPS systems, power quality monitoring, standby power for the power generation market, batteries and chargers and has worked for such companies as the energy management specialist B&S Group, the NiBS company and ADM Engineering.

Jason Howlett, Hoppecke's Regional Managing Director - Northern Europe, says: "It really is great news for the company to have won this excellent order for Hinkley Point C and to have also appointed Martin to ensure our customers receive the best possible level of reserve power service and we can now set the wheels in motion for meeting the stringent requirements of the Hinkley Point C contract."

Caption 1: NNB Generation Company, part of EDF Energy, finalises the contract with Hoppecke staff - including Rolf Werkmeister, Hoppecke's Sales Director Power Generation - to supply batteries for the safety systems in the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Caption 2: A CGI image of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

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Editor's notes

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries is the leading specialist for industrial battery systems and at the same time the largest battery manufacturer in European ownership. Hoppecke offers to its customers around the world concepts for efficient and reliable power supply for every industrial application. A leading exponent of environmental care for more than 90 years, Hoppecke offers solutions for a variety of industries including motive power, reserve power for IT/telecoms, power stations, solar energy and UPS, special power for rail and underground. Hoppecke's UK operation is based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme in the Midlands and the parent company has customers and business partners in many countries around the world, including Europe, the USA and China.

Media contact:

Rory Baxter

Changeworks Communications

T: 01785 247588


Company contact:

Jason Howlett

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries Ltd

Unit 2 Lowfield Drive

Centre 500




T: 01782 667305


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