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The construction of a lithium ion battery manufacturing plant with a supplementary 200MW solar plant at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan in Wales has moved a step closed after manufacturer Britishvolt signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Welsh government.
The site for the 30 GWh plant was narrowed down from over 40
locations over six months of analysis.
The MoU will see Britishvolt and the Welsh government collaborate
on the potential of building the UK’s first full cycle battery cell gigaplant,
subject to UK government funding through the Automotive Transformation Fund, to
produce lithium ion cylindrical and pouch cells primarily servicing the
Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2021.
Orral Nadjari, CEO and founder at Britishvolt said: “The
construction of the solar farm will not only ensure our gigaplant has a near
carbon neutral electricity input – complementing our goal of becoming one of
the greenest battery producers worldwide – but also provide cleaner energy to
the local area. The pandemic is acting as a catalyst, creating new markets for
greener technologies, and highlighting the importance of localised supply
chains – which Britishvolt has the backing and resources to drive forward.