What is the Faraday battery challenge?

There is growing demand for batteries for electrification, with the market estimated to be worth £5 billion to the UK and £50 billion to Europe by 2025.

In the UK this is driven in part by government’s plan to ban new conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 to be replaced by electric and zero emissions vehicles.

Through this challenge, the government will invest in research and innovation projects and new facilities to scale-up and advance the production, use and recycling of batteries. It will lower carbon and air pollution in the UK, while creating new opportunities and industries.

While the government investment will focus on the automotive sector initially to meet its commitment and the growing global demand for electric vehicles, this will also help advance battery development for other applications for an electrified economy.

What’s the investment?

The government will invest up to £246 million to develop batteries that are cost-effective, high-quality, durable, safe, low-weight and recyclable.

What are the opportunities?

Opportunities will be available to UK-based researchers and businesses.

Funding will be invested in:

Collaborative research and development projects

UK businesses can get grants for feasibility studies and collaborative research and innovation projects that develop new and improved battery technologies that are more cost effective.

Projects to get funding so far include improving battery lifespan and range and the reuse, remanufacture and recycle of batteries at their end-of-life.

Battery industrialisation centre

We are creating an £80 million automotive battery industrialisation centre – the first of its kind in the UK. It will allow companies to quickly develop their capabilities to manufacture batteries and get them to market, scale up and go global.

It is being led by Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Warwick Manufacturing Group and Coventry City Council.

Faraday Institution

The fund will create the £78 million Faraday Institution at the Harwell Science and Innovation campus to speed up research into battery technologies.

Academics will work with industry to look at research, training, and analysis into batteries and help develop technologies for the future. It will help to position the UK as a leader in battery technologies.