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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?

There is growing demand for batteries for electrification, with the market estimated to be worth £5 billion to the UK and £50 billion to Europe by 2025.

In the UK this is driven in part by government’s plan to ban new conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 to be replaced by electric and zero emissions vehicles.

Through this challenge, the government will invest in research and innovation projects and new facilities to scale-up and advance the production, use and recycling of batteries. It will lower carbon and air pollution in the UK, while creating new opportunities and industries.

While the government investment will focus on the automotive sector initially to meet its commitment and the growing global demand for electric vehicles, this will also help advance battery development for other applications for an electrified economy.

What’s the investment?

The government will invest up to £274 million to develop batteries that are cost-effective, high-quality, durable, safe, low-weight and recyclable.

What are the opportunities?

Opportunities will be available to UK-based researchers and businesses.

Funding will be invested in:

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 are more cost effective.

Projects to get funding 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 are creating an £108 million UK battery industrialisation centre – the first of its kind in the UK. 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 fund will create the £78 million Faraday Institution at the Harwell Science and Innovation campus to speed up research into battery technologies.

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.