South Wales is likely to be the location for the UK’s first lithium-ion gigaplant, as Britishvolt announces plans to combine the site with solar. An initial 42 locations were considered, with two sites left in the running. Bro Tathan in South Wales is in the lead due to the Welsh government welcoming the project “with open arms and impeccable due diligence”, according to Britishvolt, as well as the region meeting criteria for import/export accessibility, availability of labour and skilled staff and being in convenient geographical proximity to customers and local industrial companies. Alongside location, it was also announced today (12 June) that the two companies are to build a solar park alongside the factory to support the production of the batteries.
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Ambitious plans have been revealed for Britain’s first gigafactory capable of producing enough fuel cells and battery packs to power 100,000 zero carbon electric cars. The project in south Wales, which is designed to put the UK in the race to be a global hub for the electrified vehicle industry, comes from Britishvolt, a start-up company founded by a Swedish automotive entrepreneur best known as a former associate of Vladimir Antonov, the jailed Russian businessman.
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