Dr Allan Paterson, chief technology officer, Britishvolt, said: "We are delighted to enter into this partnership with three of the north east's leading universities, helping us to explore collaborative opportunities looking at future technology advancement and assist in building out the required skills needed to further the UK's battery industry. Alongside the universities we are hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by familiarising themselves with battery technology and the Britishvolt project."
Professor Chris Day, the vice-chancellor and president of Newcastle University, said: "Newcastle University carries out internationally leading battery research in everything from fundamental material science, through battery recycling and safety, to energy systems integration. This vital research into energy storage is pivotal for meeting the country's net-zero commitments."
Professor Stuart Corbridge, vice-chancellor of Durham University, said: "Durham University undertakes internationally leading research in areas including energy generation, storage, networks and conversion and we're excited to work with Britishvolt and other north east universities to power up our region's recovery."
Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, vice-chancellor and chief executive at Northumbria University, said: "Northumbria offers world-leading research in areas such as physical and electrical engineering, energy materials and battery technology and we are looking forward to using these strengths within this partnership to help put the region at the forefront of renewable energy and sustainable transport on a global scale."