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Britishvolt ups the ante as it gains planning permission for UK lithium-ion gigafactory

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 12:58 -- Vic
Britishvolt gigafactory

Gigafactory developer Britishvolt, has been granted planning permission to construct its first full-scale lithium-ion facility in Northumberland, UK.

The decision puts Britishvolt on target to manufacture cells on the site of the former Blyth Power Station coal-stocking yard located in Cambois.

The project will be built in three, 10GWh phases to a total capacity of 30GWh by end-2027 onwards.

Once at full capacity, the facility will have a production capability equating to enough cells for around 300,000 electric vehicle battery packs per year.

Peter Rolton, Britishvolt chairman, said: “This is a huge win, not only for Britishvolt, but also the people of Northumberland. The Gigaplant will bring with it much need employment, totally regenerating the area. 

“Britishvolt has a strong social values agenda, as well as a world-class environmental, social and governance framework. At our very heart is doing the right thing. This.”

The development is a major boon for the area, and indeed the country, and will bring around 3,000 direct highly skilled jobs and another 5,000+ in the associated supply chains. 

Graham Hoare, Britishvolt president of operations, said: “We are clearly at a tipping point on the roadmap to electrification, and the UK government has signalled that it wants UK PLC at the vanguard of the next industrial revolution. 

"This is the starting gun for hugely ambitious plans to put the UK at the very heart of the energy transition.”

Approval of the plans for the Gigaplant in Northumberland has been described as a ‘game changer’ by the county council.

Gigafactory plan two

The move puts Britishvolt a step ahead of Envision Group, which joined the race to build the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory earlier this month.

The company will invest £450 million ($622 million) to build the gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

Formal planning for an initial 9GWh plant is about to begin. 

Gigafactory plan three

Also in the race is Coventry City Council, which has entered into a joint venture partnership with Coventry Airport Ltd to bring forward proposals for the UK’s first Gigafactory on the site of Coventry Airport. 

Coventry has been chosen as the preferred site across the West Midlands and has now submitted a full planning application for a 5.7m sq ft Gigafactory on the site.

Cllr George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council said: "The submission of a planning application for a Gigafactory is the important next step as we seek to deliver battery production for the West Midlands. We are the ideal location for a Gigafactory as the home of the UK automotive sector, alongside world-leading research in battery technology.”

The West Midlands is home to 28% of the UK’s automotive talent, with an advanced automotive skills ecosystem.

Coventry & Warwickshire has emerged as a centre of excellence for battery technology and has successfully facilitated the delivery of UKBIC, working with a local partnership that includes WMG at Warwick University and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). 

Coventry is home to the global headquarters of Jaguar Land Rover – the UK’s largest carmaker – whilst LEVC, BMW, Aston Martin Lagonda, Lotus, TATA Motors and many others are based in the wider West Midlands.

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Envision joins race to build UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 11:25 -- paul Crompton
Envision joins race to build UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Envision Group has joined the race to build the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory that will form part of a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) electric vehicle hub.

The company will invest £450 million ($622 million) to build the gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

Formal planning for an initial 9GWh plant is about to begin, with Envision potentially investing up to £1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) to reach to 25GWh capacity by 2030 with potential on site for up to 35GWh. 

Envision AESC, the battery arm of Envision Group, already owns and operates a battery plant in Sunderland, established in 2012 to supply batteries to Nissan.

Envision plans to manufacture batteries for up to 100,000 Nissan electric vehicles a year at the gigafactory that will sit opposite the Nissan plant.

Lei Zhang, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Group, said: "His commitment builds on our long-term partnership with Nissan. It will put the North East at the heart of a new EV hub in the UK, collaborating on R&D around the whole battery lifecycle, from storage, to second life use, V2G smart charging and closed loop recycling." 

The gigafactory is part of the Nissan EV36Zero hub, which will bring together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production at one site. 

The billion-dollar project has been launched with investment by Nissan, Envision AESC, and Sunderland City Council.

Nissan will invest up to £423 million ($585 million) to produce a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the UK. 

Nissan started production in Sunderland in July 1986. 

Race to build a gigafactory

According to the Faraday Institution, the UK will need eight gigafactories to meet domestic demand from EV and energy storage system developers.

Joining the race for the UK’s first gigafactory is Britishvolt, which announced last December it was set to build its plant in the North East of England— five months after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Welsh government.

The company plans to begin construction of its plant in the Summer of 2021 after acquiring exclusive rights to a site in Blyth Northumberland. 

Read more about the Britishvolt’s plans in the Autumn 2020 edition of BEST magazine HERE

France gigafactory

Envision AESC is partnering with Renault Group to develop a 9GWh gigafactory in Douai by 2024, with aim of reaching 24GWh six-years later. 

Envision will invest up to €2 billion ($2.3 billion) to produce batteries for electric models, including the future Renault R5, at the plant in Douai situated near to Renault ElectriCity production sites at Douai, Maubeuge and Ruitz.

Lei Zhang, founder and chief executive officer of Envision Group, said: “This first phase development will unlock future large-scale investment to grow the local supply chain and develop the whole life cycle opportunities of batteries, including energy storage, battery reuse, smart charging and closed loop recycling.”

 

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Envision Group has joined the race to build the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 12:14 -- paul Crompton
Envision Group UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Envision Group has joined the race to build the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory that will form part of a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) electric vehicle hub.

The company will invest £450 million ($622 million) to build the gigafactory on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

Formal planning for an initial 9GWh plant is about to begin, with Envision potentially investing up to £1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) to reach to 25GWh capacity by 2030 with potential on site for up to 35GWh. 

Envision AESC, the battery arm of Envision Group, already owns and operates a battery plant in Sunderland, established in 2012 to supply batteries to Nissan.

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China’s Envision pledges EV battery costs of $50/kWh by 2025

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:40 -- John Shepherd
China’s Envision pledges EV battery costs of $50/kWh by 2025

The new Chinese owner of Nissan’s former international lithium-ion business has pledged to slash the cost of manufacturing electric vehicle battery cells to around US$50 per kWh by 2025.

Envision Group CEO Zhang Lei, whose Shanghai-based group recently finalised its acquisition of the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), said: “The EV sector is facing three major challenges: safety, cost and grid integration. Digitalisation is the key to all of these.”

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Envision to build China battery plant on back of Nissan deal

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:44 -- Hugh Finzel
Envision CEO and founder Lei Zhang. Photo: Envision

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has unveiled plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in China and upgrade production facilities it has acquired following its takeover of Nissan’s international lithium-ion business.

Envision CEO Zhang Lei (pictured) told the China Daily his company plans to build the plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in a bid to drive down the cost of lithium batteries driving accelerating growth in China’s EV market.

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