Batteries for electric vehicles

Background:

Two competitions as part of the Government’s Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to support the design, develop and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles.

Innovate UK will fund projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges in battery innovation, development and manufacture through UK supply chains. These should lead to battery technologies that can be exploited at scale by the automotive sector in the UK and globally. Specifically we are looking to build and create future electric vehicle battery supply chains in the UK.

The two competitions are for:

  1. Feasibility studies: Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in innovation projects. Projects should range in size from total eligible costs of £150,000 to £1 million, and should last between 3 and 12 months.
  2. R&D projects: Innovate UK is to invest up to £30 million. Projects should range in size from total eligible costs of £1 million to £15 million, and should last up to 3 years.

Scope:

This competition is the first portion of innovation funding as part of the clean and flexible energy or Faraday Challenge.

Projects must support the overall goal of the UK to become a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles.

In line with the objectives of the Faraday Challenge, we are looking to fund projects that address the following technical and supply chain challenges:

  • cost: cost reduction at the cell and pack level
  • energy density: increasing Wh/kg per cell
  • power density: increasing kW/kg per pack
  • safety: eliminate thermal runaway risks for enhanced safety
  • temperature: broaden the temperature ranges at which a pack efficiently operates
  • predictability: new models to better predict range and battery health
  • recyclability: towards 95% pack recyclability
  • cell and pack production: innovation in cell, module and pack production
  • battery as a system: battery management systems and integration of cells into modules, packs and vehicles
  • projects that stimulate and broaden innovation in the materials and manufacturing, recycling and charging times of cells, modules and packs

Innovate UK will fund a range of projects that address identified technical or commercial challenges of the electrified vehicle battery supply.

Pure business model (such as non-technical) innovation in these areas is also in scope.

Successful projects will increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses.

Total environmental impact should be a key consideration for all projects.

Innovation is required to grow UK battery manufacturing to be highly productive with excellent material efficiency. This is while sustaining our competitiveness in the long term.

For example, this may be achieved by:

  • developing more flexible and efficient processes
  • developing processes that enable faster and greater customisation of product to satisfy customer demands
  • developing materials for ease of manufacture
  • addressing the manufacturing readiness of products
  • developing materials for electrified vehicle performance specifications
  • diversifying product and service lines to address future requirements
  • developing novel services and/or business models, that open up new sources of revenue

Innovation projects need to clearly demonstrate how they draw on UK fundamental research. Following project success, they should show how they can be scaled via the Advanced Propulsion Centre, or taken to market by industry. We are keen to support innovation projects that build on the most promising and successful fundamental research that has already been proven by the research base.

On-highway vehicles category L, M or N, and off highway vehicle applications, are in scope.

We encourage a range of projects that cover both niche and main stream vehicle applications.

Projects which also address other vehicle types are in scope if they:

  • closely resemble the future requirements of the high volume automotive applications
  • present a diversification opportunity for the supply chain

Small volume battery requirements for other vehicles outside those listed are however, out of scope unless there is an outstanding clear benefit for automotive electric vehicles.

Innovate UK reserves the right to apply a portfolio approach.

Specific competition themes:

Innovate UK are particularly encouraging applications that:

  • show a clear path towards manufacture and commercial opportunity, at scale, in the UK
  • build on successful fundamental research already completed, in partnership with the UK’s research base
  • focus on maximising UK return from the battery supply value chain, for example in the manufacture and IP related to electrodes
  • support all aspects of the UK’s automotive sector battery supply chain, including niche vehicles and off highway
  • have a clear focus on commercialisation in the UK at high volume

Key Dates:

Competition opens – 25 July 2017

Competition closes – 14 September 2017 12:00pm

If you are interested in this competition?

Please email the Innovation SuperNetwork team at angela@supernetwork.org.uk or complete the form below so we can help you and guide you through the application process.

(Direct links – please cut and paste into browser:

Feasibility studies – https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/35/overview

R&D projects – https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/37/overview)

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Our work is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, the North East LEP, Northumbrian WaterNorth East BIC, and Reece Innovation with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
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