The facility is being created with funding from the Faraday Battery Challenge which is part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to help the UK lead the world in the development of battery technology. Electrode production equipment has arrived from suppliers in Europe and is already being installed inside the building.
Jeff Pratt, managing director of UKBIC, said: “There are three distinct phases in assembling this kind of building.
“We have just achieved the major milestone of practical completion of the site and building works, and the first shipments of electrode production equipment have started to arrive on-site for installation and commissioning in the facility.
Now that the shell of the building has been constructed – along with the car-parking and access roads – services such as heating, gas, electricity and water are being installed to enable us to power up the process equipment. Clean and dry rooms are also being installed.
UKBIC will offer the same industrial-standard production equipment found in major battery production factories around the world, and hopes to run at the rates and volumes needed to tip the balance of risk and confidence in favour of new UK technology.
Mr Pratt added: “Work is progressing well and when it is completed in 2020, we will be playing our part in enabling the development and manufacture of batteries in the UK.”
The UKBIC is being established after a joint bid by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Coventry City Council and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick who won a national competition run by the Advanced Propulsion Centre.
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