- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 08 Feb 2018
On 24th July 2017, Business Secretary Greg Clark announced significant investment to boost expertise in batteries.
The Industrial Strategy’s £246 million ‘Faraday Challenge’ is a 4-year coordinated programme of competitions to encourage research and development in battery technology. This is intended to ensure the UK builds on its current strengths in this area, and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.
A Faraday Challenge Advisory Board will be established to oversee the programme and ensure its coherence and impact.
The competitions are divided into 3 streams:
- Research: A £45 million competition to create a virtual Battery Institute.
- Innovation: The most promising research from the Institute will be taken closer to market.
- Scale-up: A competition to identify the best proposition for a new development facility to ensure real-world use and application of the technology.
The Faraday Challenge forms one of six key challenge areas identified through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). These are areas in which government, academia and industry believe research and innovation can help unlock future markets and industries in which the UK can become world-leading.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said; “The work that we do through the Faraday Challenge will – quite literally – power the automotive and energy revolution where, already, the UK is leading the world.”
Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), said; “Batteries will form a cornerstone of a low carbon economy, whether in cars, aircraft, consumer electronics, district or grid storage. To deliver the UK’s low carbon economy we must consolidate and grow our capabilities in novel battery technology. EPSRC’s previous research investments mean we are in a world-leading position.”
Richard Parry-Jones, newly appointed Chair of the Faraday Challenge Advisory Board said; “The power of the Faraday Challenge derives from the joining-up of all 3 stages of research from the brilliant research in the university base, through innovation in commercial applications to scaling up for production. It will focus our best minds on the critical industrial challenges that are needed to establish the UK as one of the world leaders in advanced battery technologies and associated manufacturing capability.”
For more information, see Gov.uk.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
A document can be called a bond or a guarantee. Does the name matter and what is the difference between them?
New briefing note is launched focusing on increasing knowledge of housing that promotes health and wellbeing.
Arbitration is a private, contractual form of dispute resolution used in the construction industry.
The European Parliament has approved a revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive.
One in six MPs supports the ring-fencing of retentions as proposed in the 'Aldous Bill'.
A stakeholder is anyone who has an interest in the process or outcome of a construction project.
BRE launches online self-assessment tool for ethical labour sourcing.
Tower refurbishment failed to meet safety standards on several counts, according to leaked report.
It may seem obvious but what does the term 'structure' refer to within a built environment context?
Carillion's liabilities could be much higher than previously thought, according to Receiver.
Photographing Historic Buildings, by the former head of photography at English Heritage.