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Caithness specialist battery maker AMTE Power's COP26 visit enables senior level engagement with government and industry

By Calum MacLeod

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AMTE Power's Thurso factory.
AMTE Power's Thurso factory.

The COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow has enabled Caithness specialist battery maker AMTE Power plc to engage in high level talks about the future of sustainable transport.

AMTE, which manufactures lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery cells for specialist markets at its Thurso factory, has been participating in multiple panels and roundtable discussions throughout COP26 with a particular focus on electric vehicle adoption and energy storage.

With one quarter of the worlds global emissions coming from transport, ways of reducing the sector's carbon footprint is a major theme across COP26, and the AMTE senior team has taken the opportunity to engage with senior representatives from government bodies and global corporations and explain the role AMTE and its products can make in the drive towards net zero.

Panels the AMTE team have participated in include one on the Scottish drive for innovation, focussing on Scotland’s move towards a green economy, an open conversation about the key challenges in scaling up electric vehicle (EV) production alongside industry leaders from the automotive industry, and a demonstrator and showcase event on the storage and transportation of energy.

AMTE's involvement with COP26 coincide with the award of a small grant from development agency Scottish Enterpris as part of its ScotHeavy Project.

The project is designed to achieve zero emissions from heavy duty vehicles such as buses, lorries and construction vehicles and Scottish Enterprise's support will help AMTE design a specific battery module for the Ultra Energy cell.

AMTE Power chief executive Kevin Brundish said: “The electric vehicle market has not surprisingly been a significant focus throughout COP26. The Scottish Government have been at the forefront of this debate and we are delighted to be participating in the Zero Emission Heavy Duty Vehicles Project.

"At their invitation we have been involved in a number of their events in Glasgow and we look forward to progressing the discussions we have had.”

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