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Supporting the uk’s industrial strategy
We will deliver on the UK’s industrial strategy “future of mobility” grand challenge. We will develop the processes to transition the UK to become a world leader in manufacture of batteries for vehicle electrification.
Electrification agenda
By 2035, the growing automotive battery supply chain opportunity is forecast to be worth potentially £5bn per year in the UK and £50bn per year across the EU. This will also drive significant jobs growth in these growing industries.

We will support the UK’s national electrification agenda which has been developed jointly through the UK Automotive Council and the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

Industrial strategy challEnge fund

A key element of the UK Government’s new Industrial Strategy, the Faraday Battery Challenge will bring together research and development, including supply chain and manufacturing development for the electrification of vehicles – £246 million over four years – to help UK businesses seize the opportunities presented by the move to a low carbon economy. The challenge is split into three elements: research, innovation, and scale-up. It is among the first of six investment areas announced by the Government to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

The ISCF builds on the UK’s world-class research base and delivers the science and technology that business needs to transform existing
industries and create new ones. It accelerates commercial exploitation of the most exciting technologies the UK has to offer the world to ensure that scientific investment truly delivers economic impact, jobs and growth right across the country. The ISCF is delivered by the UKRI, the single voice for the UK’s research and innovation landscape.

Steps in cell development
Gramme scale
Typically university scale research using small quantities of hand-made materials.
Used for fundamental materials research and initial half-cell experiments at coin cell scale.
Funders typically
EPSRC,Faraday
Institution.
Kilogramme scale
Typically corporate
R&D lab or university/
Catapult centre.
Used to demonstrate scalability of materials to full size cell, and to develop electrode mixtures, deposition processes and cell formats.
Funders typically
Innovate UK, EPSRC,
Faraday Institution.
Tonne scale
Typically full scale manufacturing
facilities used at low rate.
Expensive, inflexible, and
impossible to access except
by owner. This is where UKBIC
provides a bespoke facility for this purpose.
Used to develop and prove
materials, cell design,
manufacturing processes and
parameters “at-rate”
prior to full plant investment.
Kilotonne scale
Full scale, high volume
manufacturing plant. Typically
6-50GWh/year.
Used to deliver very large
volumes of cells with no variation
or flexibility to chemistry
format or quality. Cost/kWh
and process consistency
are critical.

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