Can the UK build enough batteries to power road transport decarbonisation?
Continuing its inquiry into the role batteries and fuel cells in achieving net-zero emissions, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will hear from experts on advanced battery manufacturing and scaling up to industrial-level production.
The Committee has heard in evidence that the drive to electrify automotive vehicles will require significant battery manufacturing capacity in the UK. The Committee will question the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and leading academics about translating research into manufacturing, and will then question representatives from the automotive and battery industries about the challenges of setting up ‘gigafactories’.
- How much activity is occurring at the different stages of development in the UK, from the lab stage to mass production?
- What equipment, facilities and skillsets are needed for each stage of scaling up? Are these available at the scale needed in the UK?
- How much battery manufacturing activity is currently occurring in the UK, and how does this compare to other countries?
- What is the focus of UK manufacturing up to 2030, and will this remain appropriate and sustainable out to and beyond 2050?