Calls for Proposals - Batteries for Emerging Economies

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The Faraday Institution has announced a new programme in developing countries and emerging economies to advance the use of energy storage to provide access to cheap, sustainable and reliable energy. With an initial focus on regions in Africa, up to six projects will be funded to identify opportunities for battery solutions that will promote inclusive, reliable and affordable energy access, and enable the clean energy transition.

The research projects will be funded from a £3 million grant provided to the Faraday Institution from UK aid as part of its Transforming Energy Access Programme, which supports early stage testing and scale up of innovative technologies and business models that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy based services to poor households and enterprises, especially in Africa. 

Three calls for proposals are being published by the Faraday Institution:

Techno-economic analysis of the prospects and costs of replacing (reducing) fossil fuel generator use in emerging economies with energy solutions incorporating novel battery technologies. THIS CALL IS NOW OPEN. Call document. Applications close 31st July.

A socioeconomic analysis of the energy transition. This study will uncover political, economic and social insights that would have implications for a successful transition from use of diesel generators to energy storage. One key objective will be to reveal underlying interests, incentives and institutions in order to enable change and to inform realistic expectations of what can be achieved, and the risks involved. Applications for this study will open in the coming months.

Scientific research projects to reduce the cost and improve the performance of battery technologies for use in developing countries and emerging economies. The programmes will focus on pre-commercialised technologies such as flow batteries, zinc-air and copper-zinc batteries. Two to four such projects will be funded. 2-4 projects, each of up to two and a half years in duration, will be funded. This call for proposals has now closed.

The scope of the calls was informed by a study to define the market and technological needs and opportunities for battery and other energy storage technologies in developing countries and emerging economies, which was completed by Vivid Economics in 2019. Report. Faraday Insight.



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