Faraday battery challenge

Cylindrical batteries in close-up view from above

This challenge is investing up to £318 million in research and innovation projects and facilities to drive the growth of a strong battery business in the UK. We aim to develop battery technologies that are:

  • cost-effective
  • high performing
  • longer range
  • faster charging
  • long-lasting
  • safe
  • recyclable.

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Funded and announced projects

Faraday battery challenge projects include:

Faraday Institution

The £108 million research institution is the UK’s independent institute for:

  • electrochemical energy storage research
  • skills development
  • market analysis
  • early-stage commercialisation.

It brings together research scientists and industry partners on projects with commercial potential that will:

  • reduce battery cost, weight, and volume
  • improve performance and reliability
  • develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.

Read more about the Faraday Institution.

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

Over £120 million has been invested in this first facility of its kind in the world. It supports companies to quickly develop their capabilities to manufacture batteries, scale up and expand to global markets.

The centre is led by:

  • Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group
  • Coventry City Council.

Read more about the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.

Collaborative research and development projects

UK businesses can get grants for feasibility studies and collaborative research and innovation projects, to develop new and improved battery technologies for increased performance, lower cost, and considering battery ‘end of life’.

Projects funded so far include improving battery lifespan, range, charging rate and the reuse, remanufacture and recycling of batteries.

Last updated: 28 January 2021

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