UK Announces $21M Funding for Advanced Chip Development in EV, Green-Energy Industries

The United Kingdom government has announced a £16.6 million ($20.97 million) investment in the country’s open-access technology to boost the development of the advanced computer chips used in electric vehicles and green-energy industries. This investment would allow semiconductor researchers and companies to access new equipment to test and develop computer chips for high-energy machines in the renewable energy space, such as electric cars, as well as manufacturing equipment.

£14 million ($17.7 million) of the £16.6 million investment will specifically aid in the development of semiconductors that are typically used in power electronics. These chips are installed in energy-intensive machinery, such as manufacturing equipment and EVs, to convert and control power. The open-access tools covered by the investment have applications in a wide range of the processes associated with semiconductor design and testing, including creating tiny chips from silicon wafers and making chips from bonded complex materials.

They are predominantly based in Strathclyde and Newcastle. With them in hand, both companies and researchers will be able to make power electronics innovations and test their applications to help boost their semiconductor packaging processes. This process typically involves encasing silicon wafers in complex casing to make them interact with the devices they process information for much more efficiently.

Advanced packaging innovations in the computer-chip segment would improve semiconductor performance in particularly demanding operations such as gaming and data centers and cut power consumption. These innovations could also make it easier to cool down computer chips in hot environments, such as manufacturing plants, more effectively.

The investment is part of the country’s Semiconductor Strategy, which pointed out several new means of testing and packaging computer chips to help drive semiconductor chip performance, and was made via Innovate UK. According to technology minister Saqib Bhatti, innovations in semiconductor packaging could potentially transform whole industries, improve consumer devices significantly and induce long-term economic growth.

These innovations would also allow British researchers to access and use the tools they need to turn the quickly advancing semiconductor science into a profitable business and introduce sustainability into energy-intensive industries such as manufacturing, which is one of the largest polluters on the globe.

Innovate UK’s net-zero director Mike Biddle says the company’s investment into power, electronics, machines, and drives supply chains underscores how important these technologies are to the UK economy and global attempts to achieve net-zero emissions. He noted that the investment was mostly in line with the National Semiconductor Strategy and would help advance the UK’s high-value, post-wafer capability.

While the authorities in different jurisdictions like the UK are enacting policy decisions geared at supporting technological development in the green-energy field, companies such as Reflex Advanced Materials Corp. (CSE: RFLX) (OTCQB: RFLXF) are focused on availing the critical metals that will be pivotal in green-energy technologies, including solar energy and EV production.

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