Welsh Royal Air Force base to be first battery gigaplant: A 30GWh battery manufacturing plant will soon be built in South Wales, which claims to be ‘the UK’s first battery gigaplant’.
The former Royal Air Force base at Bro Tathan, Vale of Glamorgan facility will be complemented by a 200MW solar farm.
The construction of the solar project will also provide cleaner energy to the local area and will ensure the gigaplant has a near carbon-neutral electricity input.
Producing lithium-ion cylindrical batteries for vehicles, the development of the facility, after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Welsh Government signed with manufacturer Britishvolt the plant was given the green light.
CEO and Founder at Britishvolt, Orral Nadjari said: “As the birthplace of lithium-ion, the UK remains globally renowned for its academic excellence in research and development.
“We believe this will not only be vital for the manufacturing and automotive industries but for the future growth of the UK economy, as the demand for battery production escalates in years to come. In the absence of any onshore battery production, 114,000 direct British automotive jobs are predicted to be lost by 2040, and we want to ensure that this doesn’t happen.”
Welsh Royal Air Force base to be first battery gigaplant