Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed the announcement of Government funding for lithium exploration in Cornwall, as part of £23 million of funding to develop the latest technology for electric car batteries.
As part of the announcement, it was confirmed funding will go to mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong who will work with experts at the Natural History Museum and mining firm Cornish Lithium to lead a new study looking to develop a UK supply of lithium, helping to meet the massive demand expected from the transition to electric vehicles
Commenting, Steve said:
“This is brilliant news and I hope will see a revival of mining in Cornwall.”
“Getting a domestic supply of lithium, which is important for many hi-tech products including electric car batteries, would be a real game changer for both Cornwall and the whole UK.”
“With today’s announcement that the UK Government will legislate to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, electric vehicles and energy storage will become even more important. As lithium is an essential component of batteries this will put Cornwall at the heart of future technologies.
“Following last week’s announcement of funding for Spaceport Cornwall this is another sign of this government investing in Cornwall’s future.”
To see the full announcement from the Government, please follow the link below: