Businesses are benefitting from funding of £88 million for collaborative research and development projects and feasibility studies into battery technologies.
Funding competitions will give businesses opportunities 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
In November 2017, £38 million was awarded to 27 projects involving 66 organisations addressing a range of technical areas from cell materials to pack integration, to battery management systems and recycling.
In June 2018, a further £22 million was awarded to 12 projects involving 40 organisations focusing on developments in solid-state batteries, understanding battery safety and advanced battery management systems.
A third round of funding will see up to £25 million awarded to collaborative research and development projects and feasibility studies.
Funded research and innovation projects
Working together, iCoNiChem and Warwickshire Manufacturing Group want to improve the recycling of rare materials used in batteries.
Faraday Battery Challenge award winners - iCoNiChem & WMG
Deregallera is working on a hybrid energy storage system to extend the life of an electric vehicle battery by 50%.
Faraday Battery Challenge award winners - Deregallera
Ilika Technologies is developing a solid-state battery that should have a longer life and higher energy and power density.
Faraday Battery Challenge award winners - Ilika Technologies
Brill Power will explore how its battery management control system could enhance the manufacture and performance of batteries for electric vehicles.
ISCF winners. Faraday Battery Challenge - Brill Power
HSSMI will look at how automotive batteries at their end-of-life can be reused, remanufactured or recycled for other applications.
ISCF winners. Faraday Battery Challenge - HSSMI