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Developing Gigafactories – Supporting Britain’s Net Zero Ambitions; Sponsored by ISG

Wednesday, 19th January 2022 1345hrs – 1530hrs

Intel on over £5 billion worth of UK capital development projects will be spoken about on this webinar.

The transition to electrification has generated a rapidly increasing demand for battery cells and packs powering electric vehicles (EVs). Within the UK, it has been estimated that by 2040 there will be demand for 130GWh in battery cell capacity, equivalent to eight gigafactories, signalling a gap between supply and demand which will have to be met either with expensive imports or by building new facilities.

At the moment, the Nissan plant in Sunderland is the only UK facility manufacturing lithium-ion cells at scale with further investment into the UK’s automotive industry being crucial. The UK has a wealth of knowledge and experience in battery chemistry and cell design which needs to be harnessed to provide competitive next generation products. 

This webinar will explore the potential of gigafactories to support Britain’s Net Zero ambitions with the organisations at the forefront of these major job creating developments revealing details on their projects.

Speakers for this event include:

  • Gravity – Gravity is bringing forward fresh plans for a smart campus which will create 4,000 jobs and attract international investment into the UK. Claire, Gravity’s Director for Planning and Economic Development, is working with stakeholders to drive opportunities into the South West, and is re-imaging a new consent through a Local Development Order which is focused on economic transformation and clean growth. Gravity has previously stated its aim to attract “world-leaders in advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence and electric vehicles” and with Elon Musk rumoured to have considered putting a Tesla Gigafactory there it’s clear the site has great potential. Clare will talk about gigafactories potential to support the UK’s Net Zero ambitions, create 1000s of skilled jobs and drive economic growth.
  • BritishVolt – The UK’s first gigaplant got backing from the government at the back end of 2020 with battery technology investor Britishvolt acquiring exclusive rights to a site in Blyth, Northumberland. The gigaplant will be built on a 235-acre site, formerly the site of the Power Station in Blyth with the total investment coming to £2.6bn – the largest industrial investment in the North East since Nissan’s arrival in 1984 and one of the largest-ever industrial investments in the UK. By 2027 the plant is set to employ up to 3,000 highly-skilled people, producing more than 300,000 lithium-ion batteries for the UK automotive industry with a further 5,000 jobs expected to be created in the wider supply chain. Paul will join the session to give more intel on this exciting scheme and discuss the potential of gigafactories to drive economic growth and power the UK’s motor industry for the coming decades.
  • Coventry City Council – Steve was part of the team that won the right to establish the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry and Warwickshire, and is the lead officer at Coventry City Council for the £130m project which was officially opened by the Prime Minister in July 2021. He is now working on the proposals for the West Midlands Gigafactory which aims to produce 60GWH of batteries annually, making it the largest planned Gigafactory in the UK.
  • UKRI – Sheena is currently working with the Faraday Battery Challenge at Innovate UK focusing on the challenges international activities. Sheena graduated from Imperial College London in 2013 with a PhD in radioactive medical imaging tracers. In 2014 she moved into industry as a research scientist at Johnson Matthey where she worked on metal organic frameworks, developing their research in this areas and growing the team. In 2017 she took on a project management role deploying a project and portfolio management system across the R&D function to enable new product introduction (NPI). Working across JM to develop their NPI and portfolio management processes. In 2019 Sheena joined KTN as a Knowledge Transfer Manager in materials chemistry working in the chemistry and industrial biotechnology team. Current areas of interest include, catalysis, hydrogen, batteries, sustainable aviation fuel, alternative feedstocks. Working across government, industry and academia to identify strategically important areas for the UK and develop recommendations for intervention.
  • ISG – Debbie joined ISG in April 2019 as Group Director of Sustainable Business. She manages a team of 35 dedicated sustainability and social value experts within the construction industry and is passionate about delivering net zero carbon buildings in operation, which use sustainable materials and add value to the local community. She has worked as a consultant, client, contractor and energy manager for a local authority, which gives her a unique insight into the workings and contractual challenges of the buildings worldwide. Debbie is a chartered engineer (MCIBSE) with 32 years’ experience in the sustainability and carbon management sector. She is also a member of the British Council of Offices ESG committee and CIBSE’s Energy Performance and HVAC innovation group. Currently she is responsible for ensuring ISG achieve a net zero carbon school and large warehouse facility, as well as the refurbishment of an existing office to the Passive House Enerphit standard. Previously Debbie was the Head of Sustainability for Legal and General Group covering both sustainable property and group ethical investment areas. Prior to this Debbie was a director at both ENVIRON and AECOM after working client side as the Group Environmental Manager at MEPC.

Associate your brand with this Webinar and position your brand at the forefront of the discussion around the future development happening in the gigafactories sector. We have various partnership packages available, including opportunities to speak on the webinar, allowing you to present your message to your target audience and receive maximum brand awareness and impact. Packages available include:

Package Chair/ Speaking Opportunity VIP Access Cost (+VAT)
Webinar Partner Yes Yes £1,500 View Details
Exhibitor Partner Yes £750 View Details

Webinar Partner

Exhibitor Partner


Become an exhibition partner for this event to get exhibition space and branding before, during and after the event with benefits including:

  • Exhibition space at the interactive webinar
  • Five tickets for your business or client contacts
  • Access to the VIP speakers room – connect with the speakers before and after the event
  • Access to the video of the webinar
  • Branding including on the webinar, on the website, all emails prior to the event and more.
  • One editorial or case study shared on our news section and promoted through social media
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing webinar speech

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.


Tickets are not currently available for this event.


Wednesday, 19th January 2022

1345hrs – 1530hrs


Online – Hopin

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