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IoD North East (North) - The Story of BritishVolt

06 May 2021
IoD Yorkshire & North East Online, Online

Join this IoD North East breakfast briefing on 6th May, to learn the story of BritishVolt so far and what they have planned for their new site in Blyth, Northumberland. 

The United Kingdom has a long history of innovation in advanced energy storage, starting with the invention of the original Lithium Cobalt Oxide battery at Oxford University, an invention that changed the way we live our connected lives and has started to change to way our populations move around, a change that will accelerate and grow as we need to protect the only place in the universe where we know life to exist. Our planet. Our home. (

In December 2020, BritishVolt announced the selection of a site in Blyth, Northumberland to build Britain’s first battery gigaplant. A milestone moment for the North East region, the announcement brings: 
£2.6bn total investment, one of the UK’s largest ever industrial investments and the largest in the North East of England since the arrival of Nissan in 1984
3000 highly skilled jobs and up to 5000 more in the wider supply chain
A drive for the UK achieving Net Zero by 2050

The Blyth site was chosen by Britishvolt for excellent transport links and access to clean, renewable energy – the gigaplant set to be operational by the end of 2023.


08.30 - 08.40 Introductions, purpose and ground rules for the session 
08.40 - 09.30 Peter's keynote address - personal story and story of BV so far and plans for the future
09.30 - 09.40 Breakout rooms to network and generate questions 
09.40 - 10.00 Facilitated Q&A session

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Date & time: 06 May 2021 08:30 - 10:00
Location: IoD Yorkshire & North East Online, Online
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Peter Rolton, BritishVolt

Peter is a highly versed engineer who holds three UK Chartered engineer memberships; MCIBSE, MIMechE, MIE and European Eur Ing status. Having been Chairman of Rolton Group since 2010, Peter is also an accomplished businessman with a wealth of experience in advising PLC’s. 

With over 30 years’ experience, he is an acknowledged specialist in the renewable energy sector. When it comes to energy , Peter is clear about the issues we face and the need for a cohesive strategy to tackle them. 

Peter served four years as a technical Government advisor at the Ministerial level on the UK’s Renewables Advisory Board and has worked as a strategic partner with some of the world’s largest and most successful blue-chip multi-national companies as they develop strategies for renewable energy. 

Facilitator - Malcolm Follos, IoD Ambassador

Malcolm is one of the NE (North) IoD Ambassador team. He is an IOD member with over 32 years' experience working with leaders and their teams helping them close the gap between their aspirations and their current reality. Malcolm's role will be to chair and facilitate this breakfast briefing.



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