The UK's Future in Energy

21 aug 19

Whilst eagerly awaiting the new industrial strategy proposed the recently appointed Angela Leadsom (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), we take a look back on work by her predecessor, Andrew Stephenson.

In December last year, a report was published by the Dept. for Business regarding the high impact that the construction industry has on the UK economy. Investment into large infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, the third runway at Heathrow, and even general investment in our homes, schools, roads, and hospitals has led to the creation of new highly skilled and well-paid jobs.

In addition to job creation, the UK has potential to become a global leader in the move to cleaner economic growth. Through the “Clean Growth Grand Challenge” which aims to cut the energy use of new buildings by 50% by 2030, the UK Government is clearly showing signs of a considered and wide-ranging energy policy.

Also announced by Andrew Stephenson was a £28 million investment into the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, underpinning the Faraday Battery Challenge in its efforts to improve development in automotive batteries. Employing some of the brightest minds available today, the hope is that the UK can keep up with the likes of the T-pod: a fully electric and autonomous vehicle. The T-pod was launched in 2018 as part of a joint effort between the European transport companies DB Schnecker & Einride and is currently being tested on Swedish roads.

The opportunities for UK business generated by this investment are enormous. Within the projects undertaken at 3formDesign, we have had opportunities to work with high energy lithium-ion cells and have seen for ourselves the need for increased battery development. In this process, we have discovered that even big brand cells can be unreliable and defective, and have found a thorough quality system to be the key for capable battery-powered design.