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The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), welcomes the Government’s UK Battery Strategy, announced in December by the Minister of State for Industry and Economic Security, Nusrat Ghani. The strategy sets out a vision for the UK to have a globally competitive battery supply chain and includes the Government’s commitment to over £2 billion in new capital and R&D funding for the automotive sector, supporting the manufacturing and development of zero emission vehicles, their batteries and supply chain for the five years to 2030.
Richard Barker, Head of Energy and Environment at NPL said “NPL has been supporting UK battery research and development for over a decade, including working closely with the Faraday Institution, SMEs and academia. The UK battery strategy gives a much clearer picture of how leading UK research can translate into real impact and benefit. We are excited by the new opportunities this will offer in our mission to create impact from science”.
As part of the UK’s National Measurement System, National Quality Infrastructure, and with our international role in the SI system, NPL is already well placed to support implementation of the UK Battery Strategy through the development of practical, widely adopted international standards. NPL measurement expertise directly supports battery R&D and enables the establishment of best practices and technical standards, as well as the meeting of regulatory needs of industry. NPL has a crucial role to play in ensuring quality in battery design and manufacture, extending battery lifetimes, end-of-life management and addressing the global mineral challenge.
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06 Feb 2024