UK's First 'Gigafactory' plans unveiled

UK battery startups AMTE Power and Britishvolt have actually announced strategies to investigate constructing the UK's very first Gigafactory.

The two companies have actually signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) promising to interact on the building of a plant for producing big volumes of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage.

Britishvolt president Lars Carlstrom stated that the objective of the two companies is to develop a factory able to produce 30 gigawatt hours-worth of lithium batteries annually for the domestic market, therefore supplying a much-need increase to the UK's growing electric car sector and producing as numerous as 4000 new jobs.

" It is costly and carbon-intensive to have lithium ion batteries imported from the Far East, and this GigaPlant would cement a solid onshore supply chain to ensure quality and eliminate future uncertainty of supply," he stated.

Kevin Brundish, CEO of AMTE Power, which already runs a cell factory in Thurso, Scotland, added: "The recent global crisis has further highlighted the importance of having a robust onshore supply chain, and the creation of a GigaPlant would place the UK in a strong position to service automotive and energy storage markets."

There are growing worries that a lack of high-volume UK battery manufacturing capacity could have a disastrous effect on the vehicle sector.

As vehicle manufacturers change to producing higher volumes of electrical automobiles, and unwind internal combustion engine production, the issue is that the high expense of importing batteries will deteriorate the commercial case for making vehicles here.

In a current report, The UK's Faraday Institution claimed that to prevent this scenario the UK will need to build a minimum of seven 20GWh gigafactories by 2040.

Presently, the UK's largest battery production facility is the Envision Sunderland plant which was formerly owned by Nissan. At one time its annual 2GWh capacity made it the largest battery plant in Europe but it is now dwarfed by the scale of centers somewhere else in the world. Tesla's Gigafactory 1, for example, is anticipated to eventually have an annual battery production capacity of 150GWh per year.

Commenting on this most current announcement Ian Constance, CEO of the Advanced Propulsion Centre stated: "As the pace and scale of change accelerates towards new net zero targets the UK is in a prime position to design, develop, manufacture and export high-value battery technologies. It is a positive testament that AMTE power and Britishvolt recognise the full potential of the UK and have identified it as a priority for their battery industrialisation explorations."

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