Innovative Faraday Challenge Winners Announced

The winners of the first round of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Faraday Battery competition were announced by Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, at the Battery and Energy Storage 2017 Conference, held at the University of Warwick yesterday (Thursday 30th November). The £40m of grant funding comes from Innovate UK under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Funding was granted to 27 projects, involving 66 organisations, to support the design, development and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles, tackling some of the biggest challenges preventing electric vehicle (EV) uptake in the UK. The next generation of EV batteries need to be safe, cost effective, longer lasting, lighter weight, high performing and recyclable.

The winning projects,  covering a range of key technologies such as new battery materials, cell manufacturing techniques, better design and production of modules and packs through thermal management and power electronics, as well as recycling and recyclability of battery packs, include:

  • Improved battery management control systems aiming to extend the lifetime and range of EV batteries, led by clean-tech start-up Brill Power and E-Car.
  • Reuse, re-manufacture and recycling of EV batteries, led by HSSMI, an independent institute specialising in the application of digital manufacturing techniques, in collaboration with University College London.
  • Development of a safe, economically sustainable battery recycling supply chain in the UK, led by Johnson Matthey.
  • A UK hub for battery cell manufacture, led by AGM Batteries.
  • Battery modules and packs for a range of vehicles, including supercars, buses and diggers, led by Delta Motorsport.
  • A new battery storage system for heavy-duty vehicles, led by Perkins Engines.

 

These projects form only part of the UK government’s initial phase investment of £246 million into battery technology through the Faraday Battery Challenge, aiming to position the UK as a world leader in EV battery development and production. Mr Clark’s speech also announced further pioneering research and development investments of £120 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), including investment of £80 million into the UK’s first automotive battery manufacturing development facility, which will allow the UK to manufacture high volumes of advanced EV batteries. The winning proposal from a competition led by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, will be located in the West Midlands and involves Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

This news follows the announcement last month by Mr Clark of The Faraday Institution, a new, multi-million pound research institute to drive and accelerate fundamental research in developing battery technologies, and its translation, funded from the ISCF through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Read more about this here.

Greg Clark said: “Battery technology is one of the most game-changing forms of energy innovation and it is one of the cornerstones of our ambition, through the Industrial Strategy and the Faraday Challenge, to ensure that the UK leads the world, and reaps the economic benefits, in the global transition to a low carbon economy.

“The new facility, based in Coventry and Warwickshire, will propel the UK forward in this thriving area, bringing experts from academia and industry together to deliver innovation and R&D that will further enhance the West Midlands’ international reputation as a cluster of automotive excellence.”

The next round of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Faraday Battery competition will open on January 22nd 2018 and close on 28th March.

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