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Researchers can access the agenda for our November Conference and Review Meeting via the site and we plan to make the delegate list for the event available by this route a week before the conference.
Intellectual Property Strategy Summary
Please could all researchers take a few moments to read a summary of our IP strategy available on communifire.
Success Story and Presentation Templates
We live in a funding environment where the Faraday Institution needs to communicate a steady supply of success stories from our projects. We need to demonstrate to government and other stakeholders that we are delivering value for money. When you know your project has made a significant advance or your research has won an award please tell us and complete a research highlight slide. A template can be accessed here.
Feel free to use this standard presentation (or slides within it) when introducing the Faraday Institution, its projects and areas of impact, at conferences and meetings.
A blank Faraday Institution powerpoint template can be accessed here. Projects may develop their own project-specific powerpoint template should they wish to do so.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) - Summer programme 2020
We would encourage our PhD researchers to check out this exciting opportunity for funded placements in Japan over the summer of 2020. Application deadline 15th January 2020. More details: JSPS website, British Council Japan website.
In the News
The Telegraph, on 27 June, published, “Why wireless charging could destroy your phone's battery life” after an ACS Energy Letters article written by researchers at WMG was invited to be submitted as a Viewpoint article.
There was considerable press coverage of the Faraday Institution’s report “UK EV and battery production potential to 2040” following JLR’s announcement on 5th June that it plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, including:
- The Manufacturer Magazine, 5 July, “JLR calls for UK ‘gigafactory’ as it invests in electric vehicles”
- ICIS (Chemical Industry News & Chemical Market Intelligence), 5 July, “UK chems could benefit from Jaguar Land Rover's planned EV investment”
- Sky News, 5 July, “Jaguar Land Rover is expecting a Brexit deal after electric car announcement”
- The Guardian, 7 July, “UK car industry future hinges 'not on Brexit, but on batteries'”
- Green Car Congress, 8 July, “UK researchers propose cell cooling coefficient to quantify heat rejection from Li-ion batteries”
- Global Analytics Market, 11 July, “Absence of battery industry hindrance for the future of the UK’s car industry”
- The Times, 12 July, “Home of industrial revolution atones for ‘original sin’”
More recent coverage of the Faraday Institution:
- BBC, 10 July, "'How do I charge an electric car without a driveway?' And more of your questions answered"
- Chemical and Engineering News, 14 July, “It’s time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries”
- Air Quality News, 17 July, "Mayor of West Midlands calls for EV battery gigafactory"
- PV Magazine, 5 August, “Understanding solid state degradation” following a news release about the SOLBAT team’s publication of “Critical stripping current leads to dendrite formation on plating in lithium anode solid electrolyte cells” in Nature Materials.
- Quad, University of Oxford Alumni Magazine, 6 August, “Electric cars or no cars?”
- The Financial Times, “Britain trails behind in key technology battle”
- Recycling and Waste World, 23 August, “Leading the charge on recycling used electric vehicle batteries”
- Marker, 24 September, “Tesla may have invented a million-mile electric car battery”
- Nature Energy, 7 October, “More pressure needed”: a news and views article on SOLBATs recent Nature Materials paper, “Critical stripping current leads to dendrite formation on plating in lithium anode solid electrolyte cells”.
- BBC News, “Electric Cars”, 12 October. Comment from Paul Anderson of ReLiB during the section on recycling from 15:50 to 19:00
- BBC2, 14 October, “What Britain buys and sells in a day.” This contains a segment on how Britain’s car industry is responding to the demand of EVs and includes an interview with Tony Harper, Director of the Faraday Battery Challenge, at around 55 minutes.
- Business Live, 15 October, "How realistic are plans to create three huge electric vehicle battery plants employing more than 10,000"
- Sky News, 23 October, “Honda’s plans for electrification”, containing a snippet from ReLiB's Gavin Harper.
The launch of our new large scale research projects in September received nearly 30 press mentions, the highest profile being in The Telegraph: “UK leads drive to develop next generation of car batteries with £55m of funding.” At least 12 of our partner universities publicised their involvement in the projects, see for example: Sheffield, WMG, Lancaster.
A Great Day for Battery Research and Researchers
On the same day that John Goodenough received the Royal Society’s Copley Medal (October 9th) he won the Nobel Prize, along with Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their development of the chemistry of the rechargeable battery. News coverage:
- Chemical and Engineering News, 9 October, "Lithium-ion battery pioneers nab 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry"
- Chemistry World, 9 October, "Chemistry Nobel prize ‘finally’ goes to developers of lithium-ion batteries"
- Bloomberg, 10 October, “Nobel prize winner says battery recycling key to meeting electric car demand”
In the Political Arena
On 22 July the Government announced investment of £80 million to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles and new hybrid aircraft. The investment, part of the Industrial Strategy, is providing funding in the area of power electronics, electric machines and Drives (PEMD).
You’ll have seen that on 24th July, Britain’s world-leading expertise in battery technology got a mention in Boris Johnson’s first speech on the steps of No 10: “here in Britain that we are leading the world in the battery technology that will help cut CO2 and tackle climate change.”
On 28 September the Conservative Party pledged £1 billion in the area of electric cars.
New Facilities at Imperial
Phase 1 of the Faraday Space @ Imperial has now been completed. This was part of the package pledged by Imperial in their letter of support for the Multi-scale Modelling Project. Phase 1 includes desk space for 32 people and a meeting room with capacity for approximately 15-20 people. Phase 2 will be ready early next year and includes some lab space and some more desk space, so the team will be able to accommodate visiting researchers more easily.
Innovate UK C R&D projects
Click here to read an update of the booklet detailing all projects funded through the Faraday Battery Challenge, including collaborative R&D projects funded through InnovateUK and the new Faraday Institution projects.
Digital Science Grant
Digital Science helps to nurture innovative research software ideas. It offers Catalyst Grants of up to £25,000. So, if you’ve got an idea to help further scientific research, they've got the funding and friendly advice to bring it to life. Next deadline is 31 December. Read more...
Winter School in Electrochemistry
The University of Bath is running a Winter School in Electrochemistry on 13-17 January 2020. The course is a mixture of lectures and intensive small group lab teaching. They start by going over the basic theory and techniques of electrochemistry and then move onto looking at a wide range of different electrochemical measurements and how to interpret them.