Led by the University of Cambridge with eight other university and 10 industry partners, this project is examining how environmental and internal battery stresses (such as high temperatures, charging and discharging rates) damage electric vehicle (EV) batteries over time. Results will include the optimisation of battery materials and cells to extend battery life (and hence EV range), reduce battery costs, and enhance battery safety. With Cambridge, university partners include University College London, Newcastle University, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of Liverpool and University of Warwick.
Imperial College London (ICL) is leading a consortium of seven other university and 17 industry partners to equip industry and academia with new software tools to understand and predict battery performance, by connecting understanding of battery materials at the atomic level all the way up to an assembled battery pack. The goal is to create accurate models for use by the automotive industry to extend lifetime and performance, especially at low temperatures. With ICL, university partners include University of Southampton, University of Warwick, University of Oxford, Lancaster University, University of Bath, and University College London.
A project led by the University of Birmingham, including seven other academic institutions and 14 industrial partners, is determining the ways in which spent lithium batteries can be recycled. With the aim to recycle 100% of the battery, the project is looking how to reuse the batteries and their materials, to make better use of global resources, and ultimately increase the impact of batteries in improving air quality and decarbonisation. With Birmingham, university partners include the University of Leicester, Newcastle University, Cardiff University, University of Liverpool, Oxford Brookes University, University of Edinburgh, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
The University of Oxford is leading an effort with five other university partners and nine industrial partners to break down the barriers that are preventing the progression to market of solid-state batteries, that should be lighter and safer, meaning cost savings and less reliance on cooling systems. The ambition of this project is to understand the key chemical and fabrication challenges that would be inherent in the integration of batteries with a chemistry beyond Li-ion. With Oxford, university partners include the University of Liverpool, University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Sheffield and the University of St. Andrews.
A call closed on 1st March 2019 for outline proposals from researcher consortia interested in bidding for funding for the next round of research projects in four challenge areas. The four research topics are:
Funding decisions are expected to be made in July 2019 with projects commencing in September 2019.