Why the UK needs a Gigaplant  

Why the UK needs a Gigaplant  

August 18, 2020
Power On

In October 2017 the British Government put investment in battery technologies at the centre of its industrial strategy. The right decision. It is a strategic imperative that Britain vastly increases its battery making capacity. The future of the British car industry and energy sectors depend on it.

Fast forward to less than three years later and at Britishvolt, we are all focused on one mission: to build the UK’s first battery gigaplant. A gigaplant that is an essential component to a zero-emissions, electrified future that rely on world-class batteries to power it.

Fail and we fall behind. Other countries will step in and take leadership, just as China has done on a global scale. We’ll have to rely on imported technology to fulfil our future ambitions, which could be even more unenviable post-Brexit. Imagine if Britain had missed out on the first industrial revolution? I believe that this would be an opportunity missed on that scale.

We at Britishvolt know that this is impossible without the right investment and government funding. But this is crucial and capital investment will follow the future dynamic of the automotive industry. Even more so if this is a committed and joined-up approach between industry, academia, and government. Britishvolt will create the right foundation for investment and we are hoping the government will follow suit.

We are gaining momentum. We are already deploying capital, enabling us to do a thorough cost and operations analysis and have now signed an MOU with the Welsh Government to build the gigaplant in St Athan, South Wales. This will be hugely significant for jobs and inward investment in the area.

Hugely significant for me, too. I attended Cardiff University, lived in the city for seven years, and  know all about the community spirit, skills and positivity that pervades in an area that has visibly suffered from lack of investment and lack of attention.

Britishvolt is playing a key role. Every day I engage with experts that are taking us one step closer. We will get there.

Orral Nadjari
Founder / CEO at Britishvolt

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