Faraday battery challenge: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

An overview of government's programme to develop cost-effective, high-performance, durable, safe, low-weight and recyclable batteries.

What is the Faraday battery challenge?

The Faraday battery challenge is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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.

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will deliver the challenge on behalf of UK Research and Innovation.

What is the Faraday battery challenge?

There are 3 activities within the challenge:

  • the Faraday Institution
  • funding for research and innovation projects
  • the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

Faraday Institution

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.

The institution will have its administrative offices at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.

Funding for research and innovation projects

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

Funded research and innovation projects

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

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

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.

A consortium of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Warwick Manufacturing Group and Coventry City Council will establish the facility. It will be based in Coventry.

ISCF winners - Faraday Battery Challenge - Battery facility

Live funding opportunities

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Published 2 March 2018
Last updated 20 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 2 new videos for Deregallera and Ilika Technologies, which have both been awarded a grant through the latest Faraday battery challenge research and development competition. Link added to live funding opportunity.
  2. Added the new full name of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre
  3. First published.