Britishvolt has entered into an exclusive technology collaboration with Siemens to build what will be the “most efficient and sustainable” battery gigafactory in the UK.
The collaboration will see Siemens provide Britishvolt with access to its automation and electrification solutions as well as Digital Twin manufacturing execution technology.
This innovative system gives the opportunity to simulate the production processes and flows of the gigaplant ahead of the construction being completed, helping optimise design and efficiencies.
It is also expected to help speed up delivery times, allowing Britishvolt to stay on track to deliver the first lithium-ion batteries by the end of 2023.
Britishvolt CEO Orral Nadjari said: “We are delighted to enter into this technology collaboration. Working with Siemens and utilising its global expertise in Digital Twin and simulation technologies will play a pivotal role in Britishvolt achieving its tight deadlines to begin producing world-class batteries, at scale, by the end of 2023.
“Being able to simulate production of lithium-ion batteries and cell development speeds up a complicated process and allows us to bring crucial batteries to market quicker. Working with leading global partners such as Siemens helps us stay firmly on course in our mission to build the UK’s first battery gigaplant.”
Carl Ennis, CEO OF Siemens GB and Ireland added it is an “exciting and vital” project to quickly ramp up availability of the batteries at commercial scale required by the electric vehicle market to help the UK reach its net zero carbon goals by 2050.
He said: “Siemens has the manufacturing and energy infrastructure technology and services to help Britishvolt build the most efficient, sustainable gigaplant.
“We are keen to start working with Britishvolt to get the Blyth site operational by 2023, supplying batteries and delivering crucial investment in the North East, helping to level up the UK economy.”