The Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent national battery research institute, has awarded research funding to a number of Royce partners as part of a £42m award to support energy storage research.
The research teams will lead on work that aims to power the UK’s e-car revolution and projects include:
- Extending battery life: led by the University of Cambridge with nine other universities – including Manchester, Imperial College London and Liverpool – plus 10 industry partners, this project will examine how environmental and internal battery stresses can damage electric vehicle (EV) batteries over time. Results will help extend battery life, EV range, reduce costs and boost safety.
- Battery system modelling: Imperial College London will lead a consortium of six other universities – including Oxford – plus 17 industry partners, to equip industry and academia with new software tools to understand and predict battery performance by connecting the understanding of battery materials at the atomic level all the way up to an assembled battery pack.
- Recycling and reuse: a project led by the University of Birmingham with seven other academic institutions – including Liverpool – and 14 industrial partners, will determine the ways in which spent lithium batteries can be recycled.
- Next generation solid state batteries: the University of Oxford will lead an effort with six other university partners – including Cambridge – and nine industrial partners to break down the barriers that are preventing the progression to market of solid-state batteries that can be lighter and safer.
“The critical challenge for our automotive industry is to develop cleaner, lower carbon and safer transport – breakthroughs in advanced materials will underpin many of the technological solutions we need to make the ambition a reality,” said Regius Professor Phil Withers, Royce’s Chief Scientist.
“The Royce, with support from our partners at the Faraday Institution, is undertaking pioneering work to develop better energy storage solutions to help the UK’s automotive sector drive the nation’s vehicle electrification strategy.”
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