The energy firm has announced plans to build a new technology, data science, and AI centre to make the UK the “Silicon Valley of energy”.
UK energy pioneer, Octopus Energy, has unveiled plans to build a new technology centre in Manchester, generating 1,000 jobs across its sites in London, Brighton, Warwick, and Leicester.
The company, which is now one of the UK’s fastest growing private companies and recently launched in the US market, aims to transform the way we think about green energy. To help fight climate change, the new centre will continue to build on their ‘smart grid’ technology, developing the necessary tech for the electrification of transport and heating. This comes following a sharp increase in electric vehicle sales worldwide throughout 2020.
Mr Greg Jackson, CEO at Octopus Energy, said the company is “revolutionising the energy industry” by creating jobs in affordable renewables as well as “facilitating the development of new and emerging industries like electric vehicles, electric heating, and vertical farming.”
He added: “Our technology is making the UK the Silicon Valley of energy, and along with a flourishing market, can help make Britain the best place to invest in creating new clean electricity generation.”
Commenting on the plans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “These 1,000 jobs will provide exciting opportunities across the country for those who want to be at the cutting edge of the global green revolution”
“It’s tech companies like Octopus who will ensure we continue to build back greener and remain a world leader in pioneering renewable energy, leading the path to net zero whilst creating thousands of skilled jobs.”
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