Government will invest £246 million to support the development of new battery technologies.
It will fund research, innovation and scale-up facilities for batteries for the electrification of future vehicles and other applications that support an electrified economy. This should lower carbon and help to tackle air pollution while creating new opportunities and industries.
By focusing on the automotive sector initially, the challenge will allow the UK to realise its commitment to move to full electrification and zero emissions vehicles.
It will also make the most of the growing batteries market - estimated to be worth £5 billion in the UK and £50 billion across Europe by 2025.
The Faraday Institution is a £78 million research institute that will accelerate the fundamental research needed for future battery development.
It brings together expertise from universities and industry to support research, training, and analysis into electrochemical energy storage science and technology. Doing so will make the UK the go-to place for research into the development, manufacture and production of new battery technologies.
Innovate UK will run funding competitions for businesses to lead feasibility studies and collaborative R&D innovation projects in battery technologies.
Any UK business or research and technology organisation may be eligible to apply to lead a project.
You will need to be based in the UK, carry out your project and exploit the results here.
Depending on the scope of the competition you may also work with other businesses, academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations.
Projects must involve at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).
The scope of the competitions may include:
reducing the costs of battery cells or packs
increasing the energy or power density
enhancing safety by eliminating risks such as thermal runaway, which is a condition where there is an increasing rise in temperature that affects efficiency and may lead to a destructive reaction or failure
lengthening the life of cells and packs
broadening the range of temperature at which a pack can operate efficiently
new models to better predict the range and health of the battery
increasing recyclability of battery packs such as through design, reuse or recycling
improving the production of cells, modules and packs
improving the integration of cells into modules, packs and vehicles
new battery management systems
technologies, systems and infrastructure that enable fast charging
any technology or process that stimulates innovation in the manufacture, performance and supply of materials for batteries
From the first competition in this area, 27 projects involving 66 organisations were awarded £40 million for innovation projects. This includes projects to improve battery lifespan and range and how to reuse, remanufacture and recycle batteries at their end-of-life.
Brill Power will lead a project to explore how its battery management control system could enhance the manufacture and performance of batteries for electric vehicles.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre is facilitating the creation of the UK’s first automotive battery innovation centre, which will support high-volume production of pioneering battery technologies.
The £80 million UK Battery Industrialisation Centre will enable companies of all sizes to rapidly develop manufacturing capabilities for their battery technologies to get them to market quickly. As well as supporting the battery supply chain to scale up, the centre should attract global manufacturers and suppliers to invest in the UK.