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Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation Round 2 Regional Briefing Event - Cardiff

Event details
Thursday, 8 February 2018
9:30 am – 16:00 pm
Faraday Battery Challenge: Funding for Research into Automotive Battery Technologies

The Faraday Battery Challenge was launched by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark in July 2017 as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The Faraday Battery Challenge is an investment of £246 million over four years, set up to help UK businesses seize the opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy and to ensure that the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles. Battery research from fundamental research through development and innovation to industrial scale up is being supported by the Faraday Battery Challenge via three elements:

  • £78m for a new ‘application-inspired’ research programme coordinated at a national scale – a large part of this is being led by the Faraday Institution.
  • £88m Innovation programme to stimulate collaborative research and development with co-investment from industry – derisking and enabling the steps to get from research through to manufacturing at scale.
  • £80m Scale-up programme to allow companies of all sizes to rapidly move new battery technologies to market through the creation of an open-access National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility.

The winners of the first round of the Innovation Feasibility Studies and Research and Development competitions and the Scale-up competition were announced by Greg Clark on 29th November 2017.

Innovate UK will be opening the second round of Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation competitions on 22nd January 2018, with a deadline for applications on 28th March 2018.

Working together with the Welsh Government and Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will run a number of Competition Briefing events where the scope of these competitions will be launched.

These competitions will support a range of innovation activities around materials, cell and battery manufacturing for automotive applications.

About the event:

The event aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the ISCF and Faraday Battery Challenge
  • Provide details of the second round of Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation competitions
  • Provide a facilitated networking programme from the KTN
  • 3min pitches
  • Innovate UK, KTN and Welsh Government staff will be on hand for advice and answer questions.

Further details and full agenda will follow.

Who should attend:

This event will benefit entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers who can expand their work in the areas of battery chemistry, raw materials, materials processing, cell components, cell, module and pack assembly and vehicle integration, cell production methods, and any aspect of the future electric vehicle battery supply chain.

Not able to attend? The main Competition Briefing event will take place in London on 24th January 2018 and will also be webcast for those wishing to join online. In addition to this regional briefing event in Cardiff, there will be a regional event in Newcastle on 31st January 2018.