The Market for Battery Production in The UK


Mr. Neil Richard Morris 

Chief Executive Officer  

The Farady Institution 



Mr Neil Morris, a British citizen, has over 33 years of  international operations, business and commercial experience  in the energy sector.
Neil joined BP plc in 1985 and has led large, globally diverse teams, consistently delivering sustainable performance improvement in a wide range of challenging roles. He has excellent strategic, analytical, leadership, management and communication skills. He has a track record of driving sustainable change through distilling complex issues to establish a clear improvement strategy and engaging teams  at all levels in the organisation in delivery.
He has extensive experience of the downstream oil business and deep knowledge of refining and high hazard petrochemical operations. He has held executive management positions at a number of large operating sites, including Plant Manager at a petrochemicals facility in Canada. He was Head of Engineering and Technology for BP’s Global Refining Business, the 4th largest refiner in the world, driving significant improvements  in safety, reliability, efficiency and project performance across the portfolio.
His business experience includes developing strategy for  BP’s Gas, Renewables, Supply and Trading business, leading multi-million-dollar M&A transactions, establishing a downstream research program including successfully negotiating partnerships with universities and other companies to commercialise a number of new technologies.
Neil’s corporate experience includes supporting the Group CFO during the quarterly financial close process, investor relations briefings, major M&A transactions and developing corporate finance strategy. He was also Deputy General Auditor and has engaged with BP Executive Management and Board members on governance, internal controls and risk management.





The demand for rechargeable batteries is being dominated by the demand for batteries for electric vehicles, fuelling the electrification of transport. In the UK, a study, commissioned by the Faraday Institution and produced in consultation with experts from McKinsey Energy Insights and the University of Oxford, answered the question, “What is the maximum opportunity for EV and battery cell production to be based in the UK by 2030 and 2040, and what actions need to be taken now, and by whom, to ensure that this opportunity is captured?”


Neil Morris, CEO of the Faraday Institution, will outline the results of the 2019 study. Under the study's three scenarios, UK and EU demand for UK-produced batteries could reach between 60 and 200 GWh per year by 2040 (equivalent to 4 - 13 "gigafactories"). This represents a £5-18bn investment opportunity in the UK to 2040.


As part of the study, leading battery firm executives were asked to list the factors that have most impact on their location decisions. Proximity to customers (i.e. electric vehicle manufacturers) emerged as the most important factor. They are also influenced by investment incentives, timely permitting and licensing arrangements, cheap and clean energy and a skilled and productive workforce.


Mr Morris will outline some of the attributes of the UK that make the country an attractive proposition for siting a gigafactory. The UK is the 4th largest producer of vehicles in Europe and currently offers a competitive business environment. The AESC battery plant in Sunderland was the first and largest battery production facility in Europe. Nissan’s car assembly plant in Sunderland was, until recently, the most productive in Europe. The UK has a strong chemicals industry, of importance to a battery supply chain, and the fastest decarbonisation of all G20 nations, offering low carbon electricity during battery manufacture to protect the environmental reputation of the cell maker and OEM. Finally, Mr Morris will outline the thriving R&D environment in the UK, particularly in the area of battery research, innovation and scale up, that is being strongly supported by the UK government.



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