The research projects we work on are funded as part of the Faraday Battery Challenge and specifically fall into two of the categories: The Faraday Institution and Innovate UK. The Faraday Battery Challenge is a part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy fund, it is a £246m initiative aimed at developing, designing, and attracting investment in the manufacture of batteries in the UK.
The programme has three elements:
- Fundamental research. £78m investment delivered by the Faraday Institution.
- An innovation programme to support collaborative R&D with co-investment from industry. The innovation strand is delivered by a fund of £88m to Innovate UK.
- Scale-up through an £80m UK Battery Industrialisation Centre; an open access facility that will improve the development of UK battery manufacturing for electric vehicles.
The Faraday Institution is UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology. The institution was founded in 2017. £42m was initially allocated to four fast-start projects including battery recycling and reuse (ReLiB), extending battery lifetime (DEGRADATION), battery modelling systems (MSM), and solid-state batteries (SOLBAT). These fast-start projects aim to solve key issues related to battery technology through a collaborative network of universities. The group is currently contributing research towards the RELIB and MSM fast-start projects.
Through Innovate UK, businesses can get grants for feasibility studies and collaborative research and innovation projects that develop new and improved battery technologies that are more cost effective. The Energy Materials Group are currently working on five Innovate UK projects:
- R2LIB focusses on constructing UK industrial-scale capability to reclaim and reuse battery materials.
- SCALE-UP aims to solve one of the key issues of the supply chain for battery manufacture; material supply. The project seeks to establish a supply chain route to market for battery materials.
- NATIVE will involve the demonstration of a low cost 12 V sodium-ion battery to replace lead-acid batteries in electric vehicles.
- MOSSES endeavours to develop a vehicle with a fast-charging and high‑power battery system based on advanced cell technology.