Nissan finishes UK battery plant

Nissan and a number of project partners have completed the development of a new battery manufacturing process in Sunderland. The plant will now begin production of high density 40kWh battery cells for both electric vehicle and stationary energy storage systems. The High Energy Density Battery (HEDB) project, which also features Zero Carbon Futures, Hyperdrive Innovation […]

Sunderland firm fined £14k for illegal waste

A Sunderland-based company has been ordered to pay £14,700 for breaking environmental laws. Thompson Waste, which runs a waste transfer station at The Parade in Hendon, pleaded guilty to the illegal dumping of 585 tonnes of waste in a disused factory warehouse. It cost the landlords of the site at Lisburn Terrace, Pallion, more than […]

Nissan plugs-in 4.75MW solar farm in Sunderland

Nissan has switched on a solar farm at its biggest manufacturing site in Europe. The 19,000-panel project is now fully operational at its Sunderland facility, the car manufacturer’s centre of production for the all-electric Nissan LEAF and batteries. The 4.75MW solar farm has been installed alongside 10 wind turbines which were already generating 6.6MW of […]

Electric car test drives hit the fast lane

Fourteen people yesterday each took delivery of a 100% electric Nissan Leaf car as part of a major low carbon vehicle test drive in North East England. The Switch EV project, which began last September, is one of eight UK projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator Programme and […]

SSE in £4.5m deal with Nissan

Scottish and Southern Energy has clinched a deal to provide the power for a new Nissan electric car battery plant in Sunderland. The deal is for an embedded electricity network – a bespoke power system operating outside a supplier’sregulated distribution areas – and the Nissan deal is the 100th such contract signed by SSE. Nissan […]

Npower warns of ‘CRC victim’ dangers

“Don’t be a victim of the CRC” was the message from npower at the Energy Event. A seminar organised by the company stressed the value of an integrated strategy in dealing with the twin pressures of energy costs and carbon reduction. The need to adhere to the CRC – and the costs involved – mean […]

North East residents have industry CO2 fears

A survey has found that residents in the North East are concerned about the impact of local industry on carbon emissions in their area. While just over a third (36%) believe local industry is doing something to reduce its carbon emissions, nearly half (44%) don’t know what steps industry is taking to improve its environmental […]

Nissan to build electric car in UK

Car maker Nissan has given the north-east of England a boost with a decision to manufacture its fully electric car, the Leaf, at Sunderland. Oliver Paturet, general manager of Nissan Europe’s Zero Emissions Business Unit, told a London seminar on greener transport that 22,000 jobs will be created in Sunderland to manufacture the Leaf, which […]