UK launches plan to capitalise on science and technology breakthroughs | Health

Johnson will chair a group set up to “provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle great societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world”, his office said. Seeking strategic gains for post-Brexit Britain, the plan looks to build on the success of the country’s coronavirus vaccine programme and identify other areas where the research and development sector can benefit from government funding.

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Groupe Renault and Solvay collaborate to create a circular economy for EV batteries

Two of the Foundation’s Strategic Partners, Groupe Renault and Solvay, have joined forces to create a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries. They have created a consortium with Foundation Partner Veolia to collaborate across the battery value chain — collecting end-of-life batteries, then recovering and purifying the metals to be reused in new batteries. The circular economy represents systemic change and requires collaboration between all actors — in order to achieve this, the Foundation’s Network brings organisations together to mobilise systems solutions at scale. Each organisation has a key role to play in the collaboration — Renault brings its experience in extending the life-cycle of EV batteries, through repair and recycling schemes, and Solvay brings its expertise in the chemical extraction of battery metals.

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