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The future of batteries are top of the agenda at LCV

04/09/2019

The future of batteries are top of the agenda at LCV

Further progress of the Faraday Battery Challenge was a key focus of this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event (LCV 2019) at Millbrook.

The Faraday Battery Challenge aims to make the UK the go-to place to research, develop and manufacture batteries for electric vehicles in the next 10 years. The challenge is a £274 million government investment in research and innovation projects and new facilities to scale-up and advance the production, use and recycling of batteries.

Two key announcements were made at LCV 2019 today (Wednesday 4th September)

  • The Faraday Institution today announced that it has awarded up to £55 million to five UK-based consortia to conduct application-inspired research to make step changes in battery chemistries, systems and manufacturing methods. The ultimate aim of the research is to facilitate improvements in batteries used for transport and other applications such as grid storage with improved performance and cost characteristics.
  • The Faraday Battery Challenge has commissioned the British Standards Institute to develop three publicly available specifications (PASs) that will provide recommendations for the health, safety and environmental considerations for battery manufacture

Research projects

The new projects in four focus areas join the existing Faraday Institution research projects that collectively aim to deliver the organisation’s mission to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies to benefit the UK in the global race to electrification. This expanded portfolio has the dual aims of improving current generation lithium ion batteries as well as longer horizon materials discovery and optimisation projects to support the commercialisation of next-generation batteries.

Welcoming the announcement UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said:

“Bringing together experts across industry and academia, this exciting research will grow our understanding of battery chemistries and manufacturing methods, with the potential to significantly improve the UK’s ability to develop the high-performance electric vehicles of the future.”

Standards

The British Standards Institute in collaboration with industry, will provide a significant opportunity for UK companies in electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

Jacqui Murray, Deputy Challenge Director, explained:

“Companies innovating in this space will be able to save time, wasted effort and resources and build a UK knowledge base that can not only reduce significant risks from this emerging sector but also ensure the UK can continue to influence international standards. Aligned with this, is having the British Standards Institute working with our regulators to allow the most appropriate practices to be implemented in the UK. 

I’d ask people interested in joining the team of organisations and companies putting this together to get in contact with us or the British Standards Institute”.


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