The government has published more details about its £68m longer-duration energy storage innovation competition, revealing it will host a briefing event about the scheme for prospective applicants on 17 June. A virtual event set to be hosted by the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) will give technology developers, investors, site owners, and other stakeholders the opportunity to network and learn more about the competition, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced late last week. Attendees will have the chance to network with each other and book one on one meeting slots with the BEIS team, it added. The longer-duration energy storage innovation competition, first trailed in last winter’s Energy White Paper, forms part of the government’s £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Fund, a funding programme which aims to scale up a range of clean technologies critical to meeting the UK’s climate goals.
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The man recruited to head Britishvolt believes the UK’s only planned gigafactory has “significant export potential” to Europe because of a likely shortfall in battery supply to German and French electric carmakers. Graham Hoare, 55, who recently stepped down as chairman of Ford UK, also believes the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow this November could be the catalyst and showcase for Britain’s nascent zero-emissions automotive industry. Britishvolt is the start-up with ambitious plans to build at Blyth in Northumberland a £2.6 billion plant capable of producing 30 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery cells for electric cars each year, a facility which at full capacity will be supplying enough energy storage for 300,000 zero-emission cars a year. Construction begins this summer. It will be operational in 2023 and at full production in 2027.
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