Four projects awarded to ignite a revolution in UK battery research and address battery challenges faced by industry.

The Faraday Institution recently announced up to £42 million in new government funding to four UK-based consortia to conduct application- inspired research aimed at overcoming battery challenges to accelerate the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.

LEADING THE WAY If successful, this research will put the UK on the map as being at the forefront of battery technology worldwide. It has the potential to radically increase the speed with which we are able to make the move to electric vehicles, as well as the speed with which we can decarbonise our energy supply, with obvious benefits to the environment.

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent national battery research institute and was established as part of the government’s £246 million investment in battery technology through the Industrial Strategy. Its formation was announced in October 2017 by the Business Secretary Greg Clark.


The institute’s goal is to make the UK the go-to place and world leader for battery technology research and it has a clear mission to ensure the UK is

well placed to take advantage of the future economic opportunities from this emerging technology.

Business Minister Richard Harrington said: “With 200,000 electric vehicles set to be on UK roads by the end of 2018 and worldwide sales growing by 45 per cent in 2016, investment in car batteries is a massive opportunity for Britain and one that is estimated to be worth £5 billion by 2025.

“Through our flagship Industrial Strategy and its Future of Mobility and Clean Growth Grand Challenges, we are committed to making Britain the ‘go-to’ destination for the development and deployment of this game- changing technology.

“Government investment, through the Faraday Institution, in the projects announced today will deliver valuable research that will help us seize the economic opportunities presented by battery technology and our transition to a low-carbon economy.”

UNIQUE COLLABORATION The topics for the four projects were chosen in consultation with industry, who will partner closely with each of them. This unique collaboration will help to ensure that the research is producing findings and solutions that meet the needs of business. In addition, industrial partners will contribute a total of £4.6 million in in-kind support to the following four projects…

» Extending battery life – Led by the University of Cambridge with nine other university and 10 industry partners

» Battery system modelling – Imperial College London (ICL) will lead a consortium of six other university and 17 industry partners

» Recycling and reuse – A project led by the University of Birmingham, including seven other academic institutions and 14 industrial partners

» Next generation solid state batteries – The University of Oxford will lead an effort with six other university partners and nine industrial

Peter B. Littlewood, Founding Executive Chair of the Faraday Institution explained: “To deliver the much needed improvement in air quality in our cities and achieve our aspiration for cleaner energy targets we need to shift to electric vehicles quickly. These research programmes will help the UK achieve this.

“To be impactful on increasing energy density, lowering cost, extending lifetime and improving battery safety requires a substantial and focused effort in fundamental research. Through steady investment in basic research on specific societal challenges identified by industry and government, the UK will become a world-leading powerhouse in energy storage.”


The ADS-TEC storage system is used for grid regulation, for primary regulation energy and for research into smart grid functionality and is connected to the power supply network of the Brunsbüttel public utility company

In order to complete a long-term changeover to renewable energy sources, it is necessary to stabilise the


energy flow from volatile generators in the public grid. In Schleswig-Holstein there is a lot of renewable energy generated from wind. This in particular requires intelligent and highly flexible energy storage systems in order to protect future power supply networks from shortages and overloading.

KEY OBJECTIVE The storage power plant is operated

by the energy company Wind to Gas Energy GmbH & Co. KG which was founded just two years ago and which operates its own 15 megawatt windfarm. Its key objective is to utilise energy storage through conversion into gas and to forge ahead with the market optimisation of storage technologies. Unlike gas storage, lithium-ion battery technology has the advantage of being extremely flexible. Within milliseconds,

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