UK awards 22M GBP to next-gen battery solutions


The UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge worth 22 million pounds in funding has selected the winning projects. Among them are ultra-fast charging solid-state batteries from partners such as Honda or an electrified drive train from McLaren Automotive.

Start with solid-state batteries said to charge extra fast. The PowerDrive Line project unites battery firm Ilika Technologies, Honda, environmental consultancy Ricardo, University College London, and the Centre for Process Innovation.

Together they are working on a lithium-based solid-state battery for electric cars. Their work has won them £2.3m in grant funding from the government that is interested in learning how to scale those batteries and if production in the UK is feasible.

The money is part of £22m funding round the British government designed to find and support next generation battery technology.

Other projects to be awarded funding as part of the Faraday Challenge include a scheme led by McLaren Automotive to develop electrified powertrains, and a new battery recycling project. The latter is being led by ICoNiChem and involves Jaguar Land Rover.

Also Williams Advanced Engineering took part with a new approach to battery management, while the Aston Martin Lagonda project is looking into the development of better performance battery packs.

The Faraday Battery Challenge is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund worth 146 million pounds.,


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