APC 4 BATTERY PROJECT
PROJECT VALUE: £19 million
NMUK, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Newcastle University, Hyperdrive, Zero Carbon Futures.
Challenge: To develop, deliver and manage a project which will bring academic and industrial research together to deliver productivity improvements at Nissan’s UK’s battery plant in Sunderland.
What we are doing: Following a successful application to the APC, lead organisation NMUK were awarded funding for an APC 4 project which will safeguard over 300 highly skilled jobs, see improvements to design and optimisation and to the cost effectiveness of manufacturing processes.
Zero Carbon Futures worked closely with Nissan to develop the successful bid –teaming Nissan with new academic and technology partners in the UK to work on key areas of battery development covering pilot projects, product diversification and process improvement. Alongside this, the project will create an automated manufacturing facility at UK SME Hyperdrive which will use Nissan battery cells to create battery packs for non-competing applications.
The project is a collaboration between a number of partners and Zero Carbon Futures has overall responsibility for its delivery including all project and partner co-ordination; quarterly reviews with project partners, the APC and InnovateUK and reporting.
As well as the coordinating role, ZCF is developing a training programme around the knowledge and processes identified to support and further enhance the manufacturing capabilities in the industry. The team will also be directly involved in the dissemination activities around the project to exploit the results and learning through events, public speaking and through our industry partners.
The result: The project commenced in February 2016.