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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 the 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, the first of which is currently open:
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.
Answers to enquiries about the call:
The call is open to all UK higher education institutes, eligible research institutes and public sector research establishments. The Faraday Institution encourages such organisations to lead and coordinate applications for proposed projects. The Faraday Institution also encourages the lead organisation to collaborate with suitable partners where plausible and where the expected collaboration is likely to increase the quality and/or de-risk the proposed research. Collaborators can be from any country including target territories. Collaborators can be other research institutes/organisations, NGOs, SMEs, or industry organisations. Lead organisations will be expected to set up appropriate collaboration agreements with partners and administer relevant funding claims.
All applications must be made via the application form. Further instructions can be found within the application spreadsheet.
The ‘Reducing the cost and improving the performance of battery technologies for use in developing countries and emerging economies’ call has not only been designed to focus on technologies that are most likely to be viable for use in developing countries, but also to focus on technologies that are not already part of the Faraday Institution’s existing research programmes.
The call excludes lithium ion solutions; the intention is to exclude research on widely available and previously studied commercial products. However, we will consider solutions based around derivatives of lithium ion. The applicant will need to demonstrate novel or innovative characteristics which differentiate their research from current commercial products.
The call excludes second life applications for lithium ion solutions, as they are covered under our existing research programmes.