Three ERA partner universities are playing vital roles in the new Faraday Institution  

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The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent, national institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research training and analysis. 

Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Faraday Institution is investing £42 million into projects to support the next generation of electric vehicles. Three ERA partner universities - Birmingham, Leicester and Warwick, will be working to help develop the battery technologies that will be needed.

The projects being delivered by ERA's partner universities are:

Recycle and Reuse
Both the University of Birmingham and University of Leicester are partners in the Recycling and Reuse project. This initiative, which is also led by Birmingham, includes seven other academic institutions and 14 industrial partners. The aim of the ReLiB project (Recycling Lithium ion batteries) is to determine the ways in which spent lithium batteries can be recycled, with the aim to recycle 100% of the battery. The project looks at how to reuse the batteries and their materials, to make better use of global resources, and ultimately increase the impact of batteries in improving air quality and decarbonisation.

  • Extending battery life
    The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick is a member of two of the Faraday Institute initiatives. The first of these focuses on “Extending battery life” - this examines how environmental and internal battery stresses (such as high temperatures, charging and discharging rates) damage electric vehicle batteries over time. This includes the optimisation of battery materials and cells to extend battery life and range, reduce battery costs, and enhance battery safety.
  • Battery system modelling
    This project, also involving the University of Warwick, focuses on new software tools to understand and predict battery performance, by connecting understanding of battery materials at the atomic level all the way up to an assembled battery pack. Partners will create accurate models for use by the automotive industry to extend lifetime and performance, especially at low temperatures.

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Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Faraday Institution is investing £42 million into projects to support the next generation of electric vehicles.

Supporting the electric transport revolution