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Faraday battery challenge

An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to develop the next generation of batteries for vehicles and other applications. 


Faraday battery challenge

What is the Faraday battery challenge?

Electrification is happening, and there is growing global demand for batteries to fuel this change. Driven in the UK in part by the government’s plan to ban new conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and replace them with electric and zero emissions vehicles.

There is a £12 billion opportunity for the UK in the battery value chain alone by 2025. But this requires the establishment of a strong supply chain and for the UK be a global competitor in new and emerging battery technologies.

Through this challenge, the government invests in research and innovation projects and facilities to catalyse the growth of a strong battery business in the UK. This challenge works across the value chain with the aim of making the UK a centre for world-class battery technology. This will enable the creation of more jobs and lead to lower air pollution in our cities.

Across all transport sectors there are exciting opportunities, each with their own technological and regulatory challenges to overcome. One size doesn’t fit all, and the UK needs a host of battery technologies to enable its electrified future.

What’s the investment?

The government is investing up to £317.75 million to develop battery technologies that are:

  • cost-effective
  • high performing
  • long-lasting
  • safe
  • low-weight
  • recyclable.

What are the opportunities?

Opportunities will be available to UK-based researchers and businesses in the following areas:

Collaborative research and development projects

UK businesses can get grants for feasibility studies and collaborative research and innovation projects that develop new and improved battery technologies that push performance, lower cost and consider end of life.

Projects funded so far include improving battery lifespan and range and the reuse, remanufacture and recycle of batteries at their end-of-life.

UK Battery industrialisation centre

We have funded a £108 million UK battery industrialisation centre – the first of its kind in the world. It will allow companies to quickly develop their capabilities to manufacture batteries and get them to market, scale up and go global.

It is being led by Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Warwick Manufacturing Group and Coventry City Council.

Faraday Institution

The challenge has created the £78 million Faraday Institution at the Harwell Science and Innovation campus to tackle the fundamental challenges that limit the widespread uptake of electric vehicles.

Academics will work with industry to look at research, training, and analysis into batteries and help develop technologies for the future. It will help to position the UK as a leader in battery technologies. 

Funded projects


Ilika Technologies: recharging the electric vehicle market

Solid-state battery specialists Ilika Technologies are working on a project to produce battery technology that can charge an electric vehicle in 25 minutes.


Deregallera: improving the range of electric vehicles

Welsh materials company is developing a new hybrid energy storage system with the hope to extend the life of an electric vehicle battery by 50%


The Faraday Institution: project looks at battery recycling

A team at the University of Birmingham is leading The ReLiB project, 1 of 4 initial research projects run by the Faraday Institution.