Funding to make EV batteries safer, cheaper and easier to recycle

EV batteries
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Seventeen projects have been awarded £10 million to make electric vehicle (EV) batteries safer, more powerful, cheaper and easier to recycle

£10 million of Faraday Battery Challenge funding will be shared across 17 projects to help develop faster charging for electric vehicle (EV) batteries whilst making them safer, more powerful, cheaper and easier to recycle.

Ban petrol and diesel cars

It will support the UK’s climate change targets, including achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

Tony Harper, Challenge Director for Faraday Battery Challenge at UK Research and Innovation, said:

“Since 2017 the Faraday Battery Challenge has been supporting the UK’s battery companies to produce batteries that are more cost-effective, more efficient, charge faster and can easily be recycled.

“This new round of funding enables us to support companies across the battery supply chain and build on the UK’s world-class research and innovation. One project, Power-UP, combines industry partners with input from the UKBIC and the Faraday Institution to deliver a product that has the potential of being a best-in-class cell with unique selling points.”

The 17 projects include:

  • The development of 1kWh sodium nickel chloride battery system and associated manufacturing processes – led by Lina Energy Ltd
  • Current collector for improved battery performance (COATED) – led by DZP Technologies Limited
  • LiMHiT – Lithium Metal electrode High Throughput screening – led by Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited
  • High-Integrity busbars for electric vehicle battery systems – led by H.V. Wooding Limited
  • COBRA – Cloud/On-board Battery Remaining useful life Algorithm – led by Eatron Technologies Ltd
  • Multi-Bat – led by Ricardo UK Limited
  • Smart Three-dimensional ELectrode Lithium-ion batteries with Automated Robotics (STELLAR) – led by Addionics Limited
  • HIPERCARB – High performance hard carbon composites for Na-ion – led by Deregallera Ltd
  • Power-Up (Power cell Upscaling project) – led by Amte Power Ltd
  • Rapid manufacture of solid-state battery structures by additive manufacturing and Flash sintering – led by Lucideon Limited
  • SABRE (Silicon Anode Battery for Rapid Electrification) – led by Nexeon Limited
  • Realising the UK Value-chain in Graphene Composite Battery Materials (GRAVITY) – led by Anaphite Limited
  • A first-of-a-kind, ultra-low cost second life battery solution unlocking the mass-market for resource-efficient home energy storage – led by Powervault Ltd
  • Innovative discharging technologies for Lithium-ion battery recyclability (DISCOVERY) – led by Advanced Electronics & Logistics Limited
  • Accelerated Na-ion battery technology development through machine learning, advanced modelling and digitalisation for traceability (AccelerateSIB) – led by Granta Design Limited
  • GENESIS (Generating Energetic Novel cells and Systems Inspired by Software) – led by Power by Britishvolt Plc
  • CASCADE (Cathode and Anode Supply Chain for Advanced DEmonstrator) – led by Echion Technologies Ltd


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