For the fourth project, the University of Oxford will lead an effort with six other university partners and nine industrial partners to develop solid-state batteries with higher performance than Li-ion in EV applications. With Oxford, university partners will include the University of Liverpool, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of Cambridge, University College London, and the University of St. Andrews.
The first phase of the Faraday Institution is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Headquartered at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus (above), the Faraday Institution is a registered charity with an independent board of trustees and is currently recruiting a director. The £246m 'Faraday Battery Challenge' aims to develop and manufacture batteries for the electrification of vehicles over the next four years.
“Michael Faraday founded battery science and electrical engines in the 19th Century, and the UK led the invention of Li-ion batteries for mobile electronics in the 20th. In the 21st, it should lead in the transition to electrification of vehicles, and then in the convergence of the digital and electrified economy. This is the goal of the Faraday Institution," said Professor Peter Littlewood, the founding Director of the Faraday Institution.