• Britishvolt has entered into an MoU with Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities to provide support in education and R&D.

“We are delighted to enter into this partnership with three of the North East’s leading universities, helping us to explore collaborative R&D opportunities looking at future technology advancement and assist in building out the required skills needed to further the UK’s battery industry,” said Britishvolt CTO, Allan Paterson.

“Alongside the universities we are hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by familiarising themselves with battery technology and the Britishvolt project.”

For his part, Newcastle University vice-chancellor and president, Chris Day, added: “Newcastle University carries out internationally leading battery research in everything from fundamental material science, through battery recycling and safety, to energy systems integration.

“This vital research into energy storage is pivotal for meeting the country’s net-zero commitments and I’m delighted with these strengths in science and research we’re working with Britishvolt to ensure they can access the skills required to build the UK’s first battery gigaplant here in the North East.”

Britishvolt says it remains on track to begin construction of its gigaplant, located in Northumberland, later this year, with production of battery cells due to begin in Q4, 2023.