To help the country “build back greener,” the PM announced £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines in places like Teesside and Humber, Scotland and Wales.
According to Kevin Brundish, CEO at British battery cell company AMTE Power: “We welcome this news, which will not only be valuable to offset emissions in carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, but for achieving the nation’s wider climate change objectives and supporting the global green agenda. Fluctuating renewable energy sources such as wind power require large amounts of energy storage to be fully optimised. Designed for multiple recharges, we see lithium ion batteries as a critical component to support the growth in offshore wind power.”
Brundish concludes: “A green recovery depends on the realisation of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which outlines its ambitions on battery technologies and on-shore battery supply chains. To sustain the wider renewable energy industries, the Government must prioritise the creation of an onshore, full-cycle, supply chain for the scalable production of high quality lithium ion cells, in support of firms like AMTE Power. This will help bring to market the country’s outstanding talent and capabilities for developing innovative cell technology and allow the UK to become more competitive in the global arena.”