The Faraday Institution today awarded 16 small, fast-paced, targeted projects in areas not covered by its existing battery research portfolio. In doing so, it has expanded its research scope and set of academic partners, in a move that will inform future priorities for its research agenda beyond March 2023.
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New seed projects, in the areas of anodes, electrolytes, cathodes, next-generation technologies, applications and data management, and flow batteries, aim to deliver transformative results that can lead to a second stage of collaborative research beyond the initial exploratory work. Project descriptions can be viewed on the Faraday Institution website.
A total of 14 universities are involved in the seed projects: Durham, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Nottingham, Imperial, Leicester, Loughborough, Oxford, QMUL, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Surrey, UCL and York. The projects will last a maximum of 12 months and represent an investment of £2 million in research from the Faraday Institution. The funding round was very competitive; it was oversubscribed four times.
“These new projects address areas of application-inspired research that continue to strengthen the UK’s position in electrochemical energy storage and ultimately help make UK industry more competitive,” said Professor Pam Thomas, CEO of Faraday Institution.
“With the launch of these projects, we are delighted to welcome four new universities, Durham, York, Loughborough and Queen Mary University London, to the Faraday Institution community, bringing the total to 27.”
The two projects on flow batteries (a potentially transformative, low-cost energy storage technology for emerging economies), totaling £277,000, are being funded with UK support from the UK government, through the Transforming Energy Access program (TEA). TEA is a research and innovation platform supporting the technologies, business models and skills needed to enable an inclusive clean energy transition.
Launched just four years ago, the Faraday Institution now has a research community of 500 researchers across 27 universities and over 50 industry partners to work on game-changing energy storage technologies that will transform Britain’s transport energy landscape to the network.