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UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:53 -- John Shepherd
UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

The UK government is investing extra cash in the project to build a battery centre in the city of Coventry as a “stepping stone” towards launching a national gigafactory.

Business and industry minister Andrew Stephenson (pictured) announced £28 million (US$35.8m) for the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre— set to open in 2020— which will provide “world-leading testing facilities for new battery technologies”.

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Is Theresa touting for a Giga factory?

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:14 -- John Shepherd
Is Theresa touting for a Giga factory?

The UK is seeking at the highest level a foreign investor to establish a lithium-ion giga factory in Britain, Tony Harper, head of the British Faraday Challenge has told BEST Battery Briefing.

The Faraday Challenge programme, set up nearly a year ago to kick start a UK advanced battery capability to deliver energy storage for the next generation of UK-made low- and zero-emission vehicles, is spending GBP243 million ($319m) on research and development over the next four years.

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Australian graphite firm joins UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:15 -- John Shepherd
Australian graphite firm joins UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge

Australian graphite producer Talga Resources is to collaborate on work including cell production with partners under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge R&D programme.

Talga said it has signed formal agreements through its UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies, to work on initiatives including battery pack design and assembly.

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National UK battery centre ‘to start up in 2020’

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:12 -- Xuan Zhong
National UK battery centre ‘to start up in 2020’

The UK’s planned National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) is set to start operations in 2020, BBB can reveal.

Dr Anna Wise, who heads up work on innovative battery developments for the government’s Innovate UK agency, said the facility would bring together the UK’s leading battery industry players and research institutions.

 

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UK unveils ‘Faraday Challenge’ boost for battery sector

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:34 -- News Editor
UK unveils ‘Faraday Challenge’ boost for battery sector

The UK government has launched the “first phase” of £246 million ($320.8m) worth of investment in battery technology – with competitions “to boost both the research and development of expertise” in the sector.

Business secretary Greg Clark (pictured) said the four-year investment round – dubbed the Faraday Challenge – aims to support innovation and the “scale-up of battery technology" as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy in the run-up to Brexit.

Clark said the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will spearhead a £45m ($58.7m) competition “to bring the best minds and facilities together to create a Battery Institute”. The EPSRC aims to select a consortium of universities that will be responsible for undertaking research “looking to address the key industrial challenges in this area”, he said.

Meanwhile, Clark said the national Advanced Propulsion Centre will work with the automotive sector “to identify the best proposition for a new state-of-the-art open access National Battery Manufacturing Development facility”.

EPSRC chief executive Professor Philip Nelson said: “Batteries will form a cornerstone of a low carbon economy, whether in cars, aircraft, consumer electronics, district or grid storage. To deliver the UK’s low carbon economy we must consolidate and grow our capabilities in novel battery technology.”

“The Faraday Challenge is a new way of working,” Nelson said. “It will bring together the best minds in the field, draw on others from different disciplines, and link intimately with industry, innovators and other funders, such as Innovate UK, to ensure we maintain that our world leading position and keep the pipeline of fundamental science to innovation flowing.”

The government’s announcement follows a review, commissioned as part of an industrial strategy consultative paper, by Sir Mark Walport – in which he identified areas where the UK had strengths in battery technology and could benefit from funding.

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