Fast Start projects – progress

Allan Paterson, Head of Programme Management, outlines the status of the organisation’s four Fast Start projects.

In a short time the Faraday Institution has assembled a large virtual electrochemical energy storage research institute – and you are very much part of that. Most of the team of more than 100 Postdoctoral Research Associates that will power the Faraday Institution Fast Start projects are now in place and actively engaged. Most of the projects’ budget for laboratory equipment has been spent, and the vast majority of that new equipment is now in place in university labs throughout the UK. Research groups are beginning to submit papers based on work funded by the Faraday Institution. We plan to give more details on project progress in forthcoming newsletters.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the 4-month review workshops, which proved to be a valuable opportunity for me to get to know the project teams and for all of us to start to build the interconnections between projects that will make all the difference to the speed of their success. The presentations given at the 4-month review can be downloaded here (Recycling, Degradation, Solid state, Modelling). We are actively planning our 8-month review, which will take place in Daventry on 6-7 November 2018. Please put this date in your diaries and we’ll be in touch with further details shortly.

In the next newsletter we’ll cover expectations for the 8-month review as well as initiatives to help the four project teams interact and learn from each other.

Posted on September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

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About the Author

Dr Allan Paterson is the Faraday Institution’s Head of Programme Management. Prior to joining, Allan was Chief Electrochemist as both Cummins and Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, where he led a team of electrochemists, managed a range of collaborative R&D projects including investigating new battery technologies and their application in next generation low carbon EV, PHEV and HEV applications. Allan has over 19 years’ experience in the field of lithium ion batteries, and over eight years in automotive batteries, including developing novel high energy densities materials and next-generation battery technologies. Allan holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews on advanced cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.


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