What We Do

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development. We bring together scientists and industry partners on research projects to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability; and to develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.

We are nearing a tipping point: the electric vehicle is becoming the preferred mode of transportation on grounds of efficiency, cost, and environmental footprint. Continued electrification is making a new economy and will reinvent sectors from transport to power generation and distribution and to banking. Electrical storage is the key technology to make this viable.

— Peter B Littlewood, Executive Chair —


Our Team

Faraday Battery Challenge

The Faraday Institution is the research vehicle for the ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge, which comprises a £274m commitment to March 2021 to develop, design and manufacture world-leading batteries in the UK. The programme is split into three separate elements, delivered in parallel, to provide connectivity across research and innovation strands.


The Faraday Institution

The Faraday Institution

A new, virtual research institute comprising a headquarters at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and a series of research projects carried out in UK universities to accelerate fundamental science and its translation directly related to batteries.

Research and Innovation Projects

Research and Innovation Projects

An innovation programme to support collaborative research and development with co-investment from industry (led by Innovate UK).

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

An open access facility with technology scale-up capabilities to ensure solutions are ready for manufacturing technologies at high volume (led by APC).

The UK is Primed for a Battery Revolution

Of the world's top 10 universities are in the UK

The UK is currently the 4th largest vehicle producer in Europe.

% of UK's total exported goods, totalling £34 B, are cars

UK companies active in the auto sector

Young people enrolled in engineering & manufacturing apprenticeships (2016-17, Semta)

People employed in the UK auto sector and its supply chain

Automobiles produced in the UK in 2017

*2017 data from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

Our United Kingdom of 2050 will no longer make any contribution whatsoever to the destruction of our precious planet brought about by carbon emissions – because we will have led the world in delivering that net zero target. We will be the home of electric vehicles – cars, even planes, powered by British-made battery technology being developed right here, right now.

— Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, 2019 —

Research Projects

Our four initial research projects began in 2018 and a further five projects in four research areas are being launched in the autumn of 2019. Together, these projects will include 22 leading UK universities, around 50 industry partners and 300 researchers that are passionate about leading Britain’s energy future.

Founding Universities

The Faraday Institution unites the expertise and insight from its 7 founding partner universities, along with industry partners and other academic institutions, to accelerate fundamental research to develop battery technologies.

University of OxfordUniversity College LondonThe University of WarwickUniversity of CambridgeImperial College LondonNewcastle UniversityUniversity of Southampton



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