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Universities in the North East team up with Britishvolt

Britishvolt has reached an agreement with Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities that will result in key research and development work being done in the North East in the longer term.

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Electric vehicle batteries producer Britishvolt Factory Image (Image provided by Britishvolt)
Electric vehicle batteries producer Britishvolt Factory Image (Image provided by Britishvolt)

Britishvolt is planning to build a 3,000 job Gigafactory in Northumberland and plans to move its R&D work from the West Midlands to the North East. The partnership will see the three universities providing Britishvolt with support in R&D and innovation with the view to becoming the educational providers of choice moving forward.

Dr. Allan Paterson, chief technology officer, Britishvolt:

“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.

“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.”

Professor Chris Day, the vice-chancellor and president of Newcastle University:

“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 that 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 Gigafactory here in the North East.”

Professor Stuart Corbridge, vice-chancellor of Durham University:

“Britishvolt’s commitment to North East England is very positive, and a further boost as we seek to lead the UK’s economic revival through and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Durham University undertakes internationally leading research in areas including energy generation, storage, networks and conversion and we’re excited to work with Britishvolt and other North East universities to power up our region’s recovery.”

Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, vice-chancellor and chief executive at Northumbria University:

“Britishvolt has made a hugely significant commitment to the region that will create high value jobs and economic opportunity. Northumbria offers world-leading research in areas such as physical and electrical engineering, energy materials and battery technology and we are looking forward to using these strengths within this partnership to help put the region at the forefront of renewable energy and sustainable transport on a global scale. As the largest provider of graduates in the North East’s professional jobs market we are ready to deliver a pipeline of highly-skilled undergraduates, masters and PhD students to meet growing demand in this sector – and help meet our zero-carbon targets.”

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