BEIS backs UK battery charge
£80m funding for National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility
The UK government has awarded £80m funding to establish the National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) in the West Midlands.
The facility will be established in the Coventry and Warwickshire area by WMG, the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and Coventry City Council.
BEIS said the facility will enable the development of the next generation of battery systems across battery chemistry, electrodes, cell design, module and pack levels.
NBMDF will enable UK-based companies and researchers come together to build and maintain a “world leading position” in manufacturing technologies for batteries and their components in vehicles and transportation, it added.
BEIS Secretary Greg Clark said: “Battery technology is one of the most game-changing forms of energy innovation.
“The new facility will propel the UK forward in this thriving area, bringing experts from academia and industry together to deliver innovation and R&D that will further enhance the West Midlands’ international reputation as a cluster of automotive excellence.”
Image: Battery storage (Eon)