The University of Warwick was today, 2n/a February, pleased to welcome George Freeman MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, to visit the Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Building, which houses the National Automotive Innovation Centre, after a visit to the UK Battery Industrialization Centre.
During his visit, Mr. Freeman met with WMG researchers conducting pioneering research in battery innovation, as well as their integration and control for propulsion and energy applications, and saw a demonstration of the WMG’s Autonomous Vehicle 3DX Simulator to learn more about Warwick’s work in developing new means of transport. technologies.
Mr Freeman’s visit coincides with the release of the government’s white paper on Leveling Up.
Commenting on the Minister’s visit, University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft said:
“On the day of the launch of the government’s upgrade white paper, it was a privilege to welcome the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation to Warwick and highlight some of the many projects undertaken by University who will support upgrading across our region.
“Through transport and sustainable technologies, life sciences, and as the home of the National Automotive Innovation Center and as a partner of the UK Battery Industrialization Center – Warwick’s contribution to leveling work in The West Midlands will be an important feature of our university’s future, with the energy and drive of our innovation at the forefront.
Commenting on their visit to the University of Warwick campus and UKBIC, MP George Freeman said:
“It was fantastic to visit the University of Warwick Manufacturing Cluster, a world-renowned center for research and innovation in propulsion, battery technology, robotics and life sciences. life.
“As part of our mission to get the UK up to speed, we have today committed to spending more than half of the government’s R&D budget outside the South East of England by 2024- 25, piloting new innovation accelerators to give three regions – including the West Midlands – access to £100m of new funding.
“This is what Leveling Up looks like in practice: growing the economy while ensuring we can all share in our country’s success.”
Commenting on the Minister’s visit to Warwick and the government’s commitment to increasing publicly funded research, the Executive Chair of WMG at the University of Warwick, Margot James, said:
“I am delighted to welcome George Freeman, Minister for Science, to WMG today, we are proud that the Minister has chosen WMG at the University of Warwick to present his launch of the Innovation Accelerators. the commitment in the Leveling Up white paper to increase publicly funded research in the Midlands by 40%.
The £130 million UK Battery Industrialization Center (UKBIC) is an 18,500 square meter state-of-the-art national facility, which has been developed to support UK industry in developing battery technologies for future electrification. UKBIC presents an opportunity for UK technology developers to prove their innovations and processes by acting as a bridge between new battery chemistries developed in research labs and large-scale production for the automotive market in Gigafactories. The facility is 66% owned by Coventry City Council and 33% by the University of Warwick.
The National Automotive Innovation Center is a partnership between WMG, at the University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover and the Tata Motors European Technical Centre. More than 1,000 designers, engineers and researchers work within the Centre, working on a range of future vehicle projects and mobility solutions. Students and apprentices also share the space working alongside staff as future designers and engineers.
As well as Warwick’s role in the development of battery and transport technology, the University supports a wide range of activities to support growth, investment and regeneration in the West Midlands; including as lead partner of Coventry UK City of Culture 2022, which is to secure £172.6m of city investment and over £500m of city regeneration activity. WMG’s new Competence Center and National Electrification Competency Framework will also support the development of high quality skills.