UK’s foremost investor in battery technologies Britishvolt has appointed global specialist ISG to lead construction on the UK’s first battery gigaplant. The new gigaplant will be sited in Blyth, Northumberland, with construction planned to commence in Summer 2021. The result of GBP 2.6 billion investment, it will begin producing world-class lithium-ion batteries for the automotive and renewable energy industries at the end of 2023. Construction of further phases will continue until the end of 2027.
The gigaplant is being designed by leading Italian design experts Pininfarina. It will be built on a 95-hectare site, formerly the site of the Blyth Power Station. It will exclusively use renewable energy, including the potential to use hydro-electric power generated in Norway and transmitted 447 miles under the North Sea via the world’s longest inter-connector from the North Sea Link project.