The Faraday Institution

Lead Research Organisation: The Faraday Institution
Department Name: Grants Administration

Abstract

Summary



The battery is the most important component of electric vehicles, determining performance, range, vehicle packaging, cost and vehicle lifetime. The automotive industry is a UK success story, employing 814,000 people and turning over £77.5bn per year. The UK is home to Europe's largest automotive battery and EV manufacturer. Our automotive industry is committed to the transition from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles, preserving and expanding jobs and prosperity. The UK will not succeed if it has to rely on Asian or US supply chains for batteries. It will not succeed by simply catching up with today's lithium batteries. We must leapfrog current technology by carrying out more effectively and at scale basic research in batteries and then translating it more seamlessly into innovation and manufacture. This is the ambition of the Faraday Challenge, announced and funded by government, with its three elements: the Faraday Institution (research), Innovate UK (development) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (industrialisation). The Faraday Institution, in particular, must invest in the UK science and engineering base so that it drives innovation, delivering leading edge battery technology for Britain.

We propose to establish the Faraday Institute headquarters (FIHQ) as an independent organization, based at Harwell, the centre of UK science, and with a satellite office at the National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility once completed. It will not belong to any University or group of universities, nor be aligned with particular companies. It will be a UK resource. The FIHQ will be governed by an independent board drawn from academia, industry and independents. It will contain an Expert Panel bringing together in one organisation the UK knowledge base in batteries. The Expert Panel will translate industrial needs for better batteries into specific research challenges and scope calls for proposals from the University sector to carry out research to meet these challenges. It will support intellectual leadership to the Research Projects within the universities, review the projects, advise the board on allocation and reallocation of resources and stop/start of projects. Dedicated personnel will work to ensure research with the greatest scope for exploitation is transferred to innovation and ultimately manufacture. Intellectual property will be owned by the universities but pooled, forming a portfolio of battery IP with a value greater than the sum of its parts. The headquarters will run a training programme. This will include are PhD cluster with the students placed in the universities alongside the FI Research Projects but also with a strong cohort ethos across the Faraday institution. Training for industry and government will be a strong element of the FIHQ activities. . By carrying out strategic research in batteries as a nationally managed portfolio and with greater scale and focus, we will not only enhance the quality and capacity of UK battery research, but also establish the UK as the go to place for leading battery technology. By doing so we will supporting the future UK manufacturing industry, jobs and prosperity.

Planned Impact

IMPACT SUMMARY FOR JES



Together with the rest of the Faraday Challenge, the FIHQ will push research through to commercialisation to attract inward investment in the form of two gigafactories (or equivalent) in the UK by 2030 and £10bn's of value for the UK from cell/ pack manufacture.

Firstly, we will develop a better understanding of what industry really needs. Using the close links between the FIHQ and Faraday Challenge Advisory Board, on which the FI Director and Chief Scientist sit, we will ensure better translation of industry needs into UK battery research. Through our expertise we will also inform industry on the latest global developments and suggest where they can be competitive. Secondly, we will strengthen the pipeline from research through scale up to industrialisation, ensuring alignment between the FI, Innovate UK and the APC activities, and thus fostering and accelerating the translation of research into technology and its commercialisation. Thirdly, we will build an accelerated process for commercialisation, recognising that not every innovation needs to pass through the formal chain of research, scale up and industrialisation to reach the market, with its decade-long (at least) timescale. We will build a programme for rapid "spin outs" of promising technology and will offer "spin ins" to UK SMEs - allowing those with promising ideas, but lack of capital, to access our facilities and equipment in order to develop their ideas. Finally, we will develop the capabilities that industry needs. In addition to the research breakthroughs we deliver, an equally important output of the FIHQ is to ensure that we build the knowledge and capabilities in batteries that industry need to be more competitive. We will build better battery capabilities in the UK industrial base through a national training curriculum and coordination for the different institutions to deliver it.

By the end of 2017, we will put processes in place to take action in each of these four areas. We will also develop metrics to chart our progress: estimating the value created by our research (enterprise value of companies/ products, investment, jobs, exports); and tracking the number of people trained up for industry and academia. In addition, as we are the first of the ISCF programmes, we want to share our experience (both successes and missteps) with subsequent ISCF programmes to assist them in developing their own approaches.

Organisations

Publications

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Description The Faraday Institution (FI) brings together research scientists and industry partners on projects with commercial potential that will reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; improve performance and reliability, and develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse. It leads 10 major battery research programmes involving 490+ researchers across 24 UK universities and 50 industrial partners. To date has published 300+scientific papers many in high quality journals with a host of international collaborators. As an example of the cutting-edge science it enables, FI researchers at the University of Oxford have made significant advances in understanding why solid-state batteries fail as a first step to enabling mitigation strategies that would unlock the commercialisation potential of this exciting class of batteries for automotive applications. It is also leading a consortium of 7 UK organisations that have combined their ambitions to develop solid-state battery prototypes.
It has directly trained 55 PhDs for UK industrial and academic careers, with an additional 82 affiliated with its projects, contributing to delivering the skills gap for the green jobs of the future. It has identified 26 inventions, with 3 patents granted and a further 13 in patent process. It has shaped government policy through 13 Faraday Insights, 10 major reports, 7 national consultations, numerous briefings including a House of Commons inquiry and a House of Lords inquiry. Facilitating public engagement with the transition to an electrified future, it has co-hosted 5 Royal Institution events, attracting 250,000 online viewers.
Further detail is covered in our annual report, which is available at: https://www.faraday.ac.uk/2020-21-annual-report/
Exploitation Route The projects and the FI are in increasingly regular contact with commercial partners as legislation and customer demand rapidly moves towards the electrification of various industries. This was borne out during the latest Faraday Battery Challenge InnovateUK funding round where 5 applications based on FI research were successful. In May 2020 the organisation awarded its first Industrial Fellowships, which aim to promote academic/industrial collaboration, with 16 now active. The FI actively manages its projects in terms of IP protection and value creation. The 490+ FI researchers are gaining invaluable training in the electrochemical energy storage field and are a significant resource pool for businesses hoping to expand in this area in the UK. The FI PhD scheme provides an excellent training ground, both in energy storage technologies as well as soft skills and wider industry awareness through delivery of a structured training programme. The first FI PhD researchers will complete their training in the autumn 2022. The portfolio of FI funded papers is increasing rapidly - one paper is currently published every 3-4 days, with a total of over 300 published to date. These papers are cited approximately twice as often as would be expected for the field and are published in high quality journals - 63% of FI papers are published in top 10% journals as measured by CiteScore.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport,Other

URL https://www.faraday.ac.uk/2020-21-annual-report/
 
Description The four large, multi-disciplinary 'Fast Start' projects were launched in March 2018, covering solid state batteries and metal anodes, the degradation mechanisms of high nickel chemistries, multi scale modelling of battery systems, and reuse, recycling and the circular economy. These were joined in October 2019 by five large projects researching lithium-sulfur chemistries, next generation electrode design and production, sodium-ion chemistries, and two projects looking at next generation cathode formulations. In April 2021, a tenth project, SafeBatt was initiated, focused on the science of battery safety. These major research programmes involved international collaboration, with over 500 researchers at over 100 institutions, from five continents. Currently the publication set has a field weighted citation impact of 2.53, indicating FI papers receive more than twice as many citations as would be expected for the field. 63% of its papers are published in the top 10% of journals (CiteScore), and 50% have international co-authors. This year the FI has built up its commercialisation capability to accelerate research emerging from its projects on their journey into commercial products, services and solutions. The team has added an innovative analysis and prioritisation process, T-SCAN, to its operating model to help prioritise opportunities across the portfolio, and to determine whether there are plausible pathways to UK economic impact where the commercialisation team can add value. The FI has also continued to develop and build its strong collaborative links with a wide range of industrial partners. Today, more than 50 companies proactively provide support and direction to the research projects. The FI's projects and commercialisation team maintain active relationships with these companies and leverage their significant expertise and know-how to help accelerate research breakthroughs towards commercial outcome. The impact is already being felt: in August 2021, building on the SOLBAT research the FI built a consortium of 7 UK industry and academic organisations that are combining their ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state batteries, industrialising UK academic capability. Alongside its 10 large research projects programmes in 2020 the FI launched an Industrial Fellowship Scheme to promote academic/industrial collaboration. These projects allow for academics to spend between 50-100% of their time working on a specific industry related challenge in collaboration with an industrial partner. The scheme has proven popular and is generating results in fields as diverse as quantum magnetometry and particle morphological control, which are of course directly commercially applicable. Six entrepreneurial fellowships have also been awarded to facilitate the creation of new business opportunities that have emerged from FI research programmes and from the broader UK battery research community. These spin-outs - About|Energy, Breathe Battery Technologies, Cognition Energy, Gaussion, Qdot and Solveteq are flourishing, growing their staff, attracting investment and launching commercial products. The FI has impact outside its main research base, covering engagement, education, technology transfer, and economics and market insights. The FI has established itself as the go-to source of information for battery related topics, with nearly 200 pieces of news coverage in the FI 2021-22, including tier 1 publication, trade press and online. The popular PhD cohort programme is currently training 55 researchers. These doctoral candidates undergo a structured programme covering industrial, economic and soft skills alongside their technical training. 100 further PhD researchers are employed on FI projects and funded by partner universities. Additionally, the FI enables over 50 paid undergraduate internships in battery science and engineering each summer. The organisation engages with partners worldwide through the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership, the Shell Foundation, the Global Challenge Research Fund and the Carbon Trust. It manages projects funded by the FCDO Transforming Energy Access programme into sodium ion batteries and smaller research projects on flow batteries that would facilitate the green energy transition in emerging economies. In the policy space, 13 Faraday Insights have been published: evidence-based assessments of the market, economics, commercial potential, and capabilities for energy storage technologies and the transition to a fully electric UK. The insights are concise briefings that aim to help bridge knowledge gaps across industry, academia, and government. The FI regularly engages with the UK government consultations on various energy storage related topics, including the transition to zero emission vehicles.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
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Start 03/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Transforming Energy Access (TEA) - FCDO/DfID
Amount £3,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 204867 
Organisation Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2023
 
Title EP/S003053/1 - An automated algorithm for rapid analysis of li ion battery materials 
Description Vast quantities of powder leave production lines each day, often with strict control measures. For quality checks to provide the most value, they must be capable of screening individual particles in 3D and at high throughput. Conceptually, X-ray computed tomography (CT) is capable of this; however, achieving lab-based reconstructions of individual particles has, until now, relied upon scan-times on the order of tens of hours, or even days, and although synchrotron facilities are potentially capable of faster scanning times, availability is limited, making in-line product analysis impractical. This work describes a preparation method and high-throughput scanning procedure for the 3D characterization of powder samples in minutes using nano-CT by full-filed transmission X-ray microscopy with zone-plate focusing optics. This is demonstrated on various particle morphologies from two next-generation lithium-ion battery cathodes: LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2 and LiNi0.6Mn0.2Co0.2O2; namely, NMC811 and NMC622. Internal voids are detected which limit energy density and promote degradation, potentially impacting commercial application such as the drivable range of an electric vehicle. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Improvements in the acquisition time of imaging of Li ion battery materials with a view to its application as QA for manufacturers 
URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/advs.202000362
 
Title FIIF003 - AI-based temperature prediction models 
Description A new data-driven method was developed for prediction of temperature in a battery pack. AI-based models were developed using experimental test data. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The proposed AI-based temperature estimation models can be a replacement for hard sensors and save the overall cost of battery pack manufacturing. On the other hand, the temperature prediction models could improve battery pack safety by predicting the battery behaviour within a finite time horizon. 
 
Title FIRG001 - - Preparation of batteries on in situ electrochemistry TEM holder 
Description We have developed a new protocol for preparing battery components for in situ electrochemistry in the transmission electron microscope. This allows us to deposit electrodes at desired locations with spatial resolutions of 10 microns. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Attracting further funding for the study of battery materials and electrochemical processes using TEM 
 
Title FIRG001 - Development of in-situ SEM/HIM stage for battery application 
Description In collaboration between Degradation, Recycling and Characterization FI projects we have developed new in-situ liquid SEM/HIM stage for wide verity of applications e.g. batteries, biological samples etc., direct imaging. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This new technology creates tremendous possibility and impact to the field of batteries, allowing for direct visualization of cycling processes in-real-time with direct analysis and characterization of structural changes of battery materials during cycling. 
 
Title FIRG001 - Dry room battery prototyping capability for research purposes 
Description The Dry Room in Cambridge Graphene Centre is used for assembly of pouch cells as well as handling materials sensitive to moisture and is utilised also by other groups active in the Faraday Degradation project, including other groups in Cambridge at Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials Science. The dry Room is continuously maintained at -55 dew point C (RH~0.1%) and is equipped with all tools needed to assemble, test and characterise the battery electrodes and cell prototypes. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The manufacturing of Lithium-ion battery prototypes normally takes place in the dry room. Therefore, it is key to bridge between small R&D lab environments to large scale mass production facilities 
URL https://www.graphene.cam.ac.uk/facilities/dryroom
 
Title FIRG001 - In-situ Raman to characterise the degradation process 
Description Using in-situ Raman to characterise the degradation process accruing in Li-ion batteries, key parameters can be identified and monitored from the corresponding Raman signal. The charge/discharge process on a single graphite flake over long time cycling (up to 50 times at 1/2 0C), can be observed via subtle changes of the signal, and used as an early diagnostic probe during the degradation process. Both the shear mode and the layer-breathing mode, due to the relative motion of the graphene sheets at the ULF range, usually fall below the notch and edge filter cut-off of many spectrometers. To this end, we have developed an in-situ, ultra-low frequency (ULF) Raman technique. We expect that the ULF signal will reveal useful information regarding the degradation process during battery cycling. We have also assessed the possibility to use machine learning to analyse in-situ Raman data. The purpose here is to create a diagnostic tool for the identification of key parameters and degradation causes during battery cycling. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The method can serve as an early diagnostic probe for better understanding of the degradation process and fingerprinting different battery materials against Lithium intercalation during cycling and related degradation mechanisms. 
URL https://www.graphene.cam.ac.uk/facilities/raman
 
Title FIRG001 - Kerr Gated Raman Spectroscopy for the study of Li-ion Batteries 
Description Kerr gated Raman is also an effective technique to suppress the fluorescence background in Raman experiments, thereby providing extra sensitivity via use of lower wavelength laser excitation in order to allow detection of surface layers and solid electrolyte interphase compounds on battery electrodes. Kerr gated Raman is based on the different time-dependence of fluorescence and Raman scattering signals upon short-pulse optical excitation. While fluorescence has a finite lifetime in the order of hundreds of picoseconds (ps) to nanoseconds (ns), Raman scattering is instantaneous and follows in time the initiating laser pulse within picoseconds (ps) or femtoseconds (fs). Such distinct time-domains for these two processes opens up a technical opportunity for separating them, provided an ultra-fast gating mechanism of the optical signal is coupled with the excitation pulse. Kerr gated consists of a non-linear medium carbon disulphide (CS2), which acts as a half-wave plate due to a transient anisotropy induced in the medium by a high-energy gating laser pulse (? = 800 nm, 1 ps). When gating laser pulse and excitation laser are timed appropriately, the polarisation of the Raman signal is rotated by 90° vs. the slower fluorescence emission signal, resulting in an effective transmission of the Raman scattering by the two crossed polarisers, while the fluorescence is mostly blocked. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Kerr gated Raman is also an effective technique to suppress the fluorescence background in Raman experiments, thereby providing extra sensitivity via use of lower wavelength laser excitation in order to allow detection of surface layers and solid electrolyte interphase compounds on battery electrodes. 
 
Title FIRG001 - Machine learning model for battery dianosis and prognosis 
Description A machine learning model was build based on EIS data. This model was used to accurately diagnose the SoH and predict the RUL of lithium ions batteries. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact With over 20,000 EIS collected, the model can be used to diagnose and prognose various types of lithium ions batteries. 
URL https://github.com/YunweiZhang/ML-identify-battery-degradation.
 
Title FIRG001 - Operando Battery Cell for X-ray Imaging and Diffraction 
Description An operando cell design developed for use in synchrotrons, specifically for imaging and diffraction studies on NMC cathodes, amongst others 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Numerous publications and experiments, including at sychrotrons around the world have been possible due to these cell designs 
URL https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/11/11/2157
 
Title FIRG001 - Operando Raman detection method for full-cell Li:ion batteries 
Description We have pioneered a fibre-optical sensing method, based on hollow-core optical fibres, that is uniquely capable of operando Raman spectroscopy of battery devices under real working conditions, without perturbing the electrochemical operation of the cell. We have automated the spectroscopy method to continuously monitor the electrolyte chemistry during battery cycling and observe changes in additive concentrations in real time. In 2020 we implemented a quantitative electrolyte liquid sampling and have demonstrated that the method works over multiple electrochemical cycles. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The significance of this result is that it represents a new pathway to identify battery degradation mechanisms in full cell batteries under working conditions. 
 
Title FIRG001 - lab-based XAFS 
Description Lab-based hard X-ray absorption spectrometer for battery research installed and commissioned at WMG by Prof. Piper. It is available for users as part of the diffraction RTP at Warwick University. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Fully operational, ability to study pressed pellets, electrodes and pouch cells. 
 
Title FIRG005 - A new In-situ Stage for SEM/HIM 
Description We designed a new stage for SEM and Helium Ion Microscopes (HIM) that allows a larger volume of liquid to be included. This liquid allows for bacteria to be imaged in native environment (ReLiB project) and electrochemistry to be performed in a simpler, more widely accessible set of experimental tools (Quantitative Imaging project). 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The stage is undergoing its commissioning experiments in Jan-Mar 2020, and the impacts on the research community are expected to follow 
 
Title FIRG011 - Operando XAS setup for studying solid electrolyte-electrode interfaces with Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy 
Description The ability to deposit thin (<100 nm) Li films onto solid electrolyte pellets at I09 beamline at diamond light source, and then use these for operando electrochemical cycling. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Article published demonstrating the technique I-CASE studentship with Johnson Matthey to further develop technique 
 
Title FIRG011 - Operando soft XAS using X-ray Chopper 
Description Beam chopping capability established at beamline's B07 and I10 at Diamond Light Source, and used with lock-in techniques to perform operando XAS in total electron yield mode 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Used as basis for new funded projects (ERC starting grant and UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship) Publication on operando XAS of SEI formation in Li-ion Batteries I-CASE studentship with Johnson Matthey based on using this approach 
 
Title FIRG012 - Development of light scattering microscopy for imaging battery materials 
Description New method to study ion flow and phase transitions in battery materials. Currently only such system in the world, to the best of our knowledge. As of Feb 2021 we are working to commercialise this method with one of the world's leading scientific instrument makers 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Ongoing. As of Feb 2021 we are working to commercialise this method with one of the world's leading scientific instrument makers 
 
Title FIRG012 - Wide-field hyperspectral imaging of thin films and devices 
Description We have customised a hyperspectral imaging setup to measure photoluminescence, electroluminescence, transmission and reflection of thin film samples under operating conditions relevant to devices (for example photovoltaic or light-emitting diodes). More recently, this has been demonstrated on barrert structures 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We are currently utilising the instrument for a variety of ongoing projects and we hope to have further academic publications on these to report soon. We hope to extend its capabilities to a range of samples from collaborators. 
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542435120300982
 
Title FIRG013 - Glovebox electrochemical imaging 
Description We have set up electrochemical imaging in the form of scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM) in a glovebox environment to allow high resolution measurements of various battery electrode materials. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This capability will allow researchers to characterise and screen battery electrodes and electrode materials. 
 
Title FIRG013 - electrochemical MRI 
Description Set up battery cycler in MRI lab for operando electrochemical magnetic resonance imaging 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Battery chemistry can be observed (in situ/in operando) during charge cycling, by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging (MRI). The distribution and speciation of a range of NMR active nuclei can be observed, including 1H, 19F, 23Na and 7Li. 
 
Title FIRG017 - Operando muon battery cell 
Description Development of battery cell for operando muon spectroscopy measurements to probe lithium and sodium diffusion, in collaboration with the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source through a Facilities Development award for PhD student Innes McClelland (affiliate PhD student of SOLBAT) working with Professor Serena Corr and Dr Eddie Cussen at the University of Sheffield. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This research tool has just been tested at the muon beamline, with the intention of publishing and making available to any users. This has also been utilised by another FutureCat project, Nexgenna. (Update 2022 - This work contributed to the win of the ISIS Science Award won by Prof Serena Cussen and her team.) 
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cbe/news/professor-corr-wins-2021-isis-science-impact-award
 
Title FIRG018 - Novel methodology for nanoscale characterisation 
Description Novel platform for the measurements and characterisation of materials and devices with ~ 10-50 nm spatial resolution using a diamond based ultra-broadband tool. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact IP created and being discussed with the potential users. 
URL https://hiwin-felix.org/
 
Title EP/S003053/1 - Data Collection for an Advanced Datasheet on 18650 Li-ion Batteries with Nickel-Rich NMC811 Cathodes and Graphite-Silicon Anodes 
Description This collection of data is on 18650 Li-ion Batteries with Nickel-Rich NMC811 Cathodes and Graphite-Silicon Anodes. The data can be found at the bottom of the page.Full-cell 3D data: EIL-016.tif; (36 µm isotropic voxels)Electrode assembly 3D data: EIL-005.tif; (10.4 µm isotropic voxels) EIL-006.tif; (10.4 µm isotropic voxels) EIL-007.tif; (10.4 µm isotropic voxels) EIL-008.tif; (10.4 µm isotropic voxels)Anode 3D data: EIL-013.tif; (63.1 nm isotropic voxels)Cathode 3D data: EIL-014.tif; (63.1 nm isotropic voxels)Cycling data: EIL-015.tif; (capacity, potential, temperature, efficiency) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Available data for the modelling community to improve battery models and image based modelling 
URL https://rdr.ucl.ac.uk/collections/Data_Collection_for_an_Advanced_Datasheet_on_18650_Li-ion_Batterie...
 
Title EP/S003053/1 - Data on the theoretical X-Ray attenuation and transmissions for lithium-ion battery cathodes 
Description This article reports the data required for planning attenuation-based X-ray characterisation e.g. X-ray computed tomography (CT), of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cathodes. The data reported here is to accompany a co-submitted manuscript (10.1016/j.matdes.2020.108585 [1]) which compares two well-known X-ray attenuation data sources: Henke et al. and Hubbell et al., and applies methodology reported by Reiter et al. to extend this data towards the practical characterisation of prominent cathode materials. This data may be used to extend beyond the analysis reported in the accompanying manuscript, and may aid in the applications for other materials, not limited to Li-ion batteries. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact These data allow for the correct sizing of operando electrodes for x-ray imaging methods, available to the wider community 
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352340920304339
 
Title EP/S003053/1 - Experimental data for "Development of Experimental Techniques for Parameterization of Multi-scale Lithium-ion Battery Models" 
Description This dataset is for the validation data in Chen et al. (2020). It contains data for three different LG M50 cells undergoing an experiment in which the cells are charged in a constant-current/constant-voltage fashion and discharge at a constant current for different C-rates (C/10, C/2, 1C and 1.5C). Apart from the current and voltage, the temperatures of the cell surface and the thermal chamber in which they are cycled is recorded too. References: Chang-Hui Chen et al 2020 J. Electrochem. Soc. 167 080534 (https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ab9050) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://zenodo.org/record/4032560
 
Title EP/S003053/1 - Experimental data for "Development of Experimental Techniques for Parameterization of Multi-scale Lithium-ion Battery Models" 
Description This dataset is for the validation data in Chen et al. (2020). It contains data for three different LG M50 cells undergoing an experiment in which the cells are charged in a constant-current/constant-voltage fashion and discharge at a constant current for different C-rates (C/10, C/2, 1C and 1.5C). Apart from the current and voltage, the temperatures of the cell surface and the thermal chamber in which they are cycled is recorded too. References: Chang-Hui Chen et al 2020 J. Electrochem. Soc. 167 080534 (https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ab9050) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://zenodo.org/record/4032561
 
Title EP/S003053/1 - FS-MSM: Adaptive observer 
Description On-line estimation of state of charge and cross-over flux in flow batteries undergoing self-discharge. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Simulateneous, on-line, estimation of state of charge and cross-over flux 
URL https://github.com/davidhowey/ACC2019
 
Title FIRG001 - Identifying degradation patterns of lithium ion batteries from impedance spectroscopy using machine learning 
Description A large database, with more than 20k EIS data, was built and a machine learning model to estimate SoH and predict RUL based on EIS data with machine learning algorithms was developed. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact this method can accurately estimate the SoH and RUL of a battery at any point of its life from a single EIS without the knowing the cycling temperature 
 
Title FIRG001 - Software to enable fitting of impedance spectra of Li-ion battery and extract physical parameters 
Description Software is free to use developed by Newcastle team to allow fitting of Li-ion battery impedance spectra and extract information on area specific resistance, double layer capacitance, charge transfer resistance and mass transport in electrode porous structure as well as in solid NMC and graphite particles. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it allows development of circuit model to extract physical parameters of the battery by separating the processes taking place based on their time constants. New elments were developed to represent mass transfer in spherical particles with finite space (finite capacity) 
 
Title FIRG001 - growth rate and composition of SEI layer at each potential 
Description A database contains the growth rate and composition of SEI layer at every potential value 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The growth rate and composition of SEI layer at different potential value can be checked directly 
 
Title FIRG003 - Battery electrolyte model parametrisation in the ONETEP code 
Description Our developments for methods for electrochemistry simulations using large scale quantum mechanical calculations in the ONETEP program as part of the Faraday Institution Multiscale Modelling project. This is the first time when quantum atomistic simulations at a large-scale (hence the ONETEP program for linear-scaling simulations of complex systems) have been coupled with an electrochemical environment such as electrolyte and potential control in order to charge electrodes. These developments provide a unique new platform for electrochemistry simulations (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysis). The model has been parametrised for a range of the solvents and electrolytes that are encountered in batteries as well as for the various kinds of reference electrodes such as the standard hydrogen electrode and the Li/Li+ electrode. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Our developments are made available to commercial users of the ONETEP code which is marketed by BIOVIA/Dassault systemes. We are completing a high impact application paper on these developments with simulations which allow us to determine the conditions under which Li deposition happens on the anodes of Li-ion batteries, which is a known degradation pathway, which will allow in the future the development of batteries with extended lifetime. 
URL https://www.3ds.com/fileadmin/PRODUCTS-SERVICES/BIOVIA/PDF/biovia-material-studio-onetep.pdf
 
Title FIRG003 - Computational Supporting Dataset for "Exploiting Cationic Vacancies for Increased Energy Densities in Dual-Ion Batteries" 
Description The dataset contains inputs and outputs for a series of VASP calculations on Mg/Li-intercalated F-doped anatase TiO2, and scripts for processing this DFT data to produce the related manuscript figures. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/689
 
Title FIRG003 - Dataset for "Native Defects and their Doping Response in the Lithium Solid Electrolyte Li7La3Zr2O12" 
Description This dataset contains the computational data and analysis for the paper "Native Defects and their Doping Response in the Lithium Solid Electrolyte Li7La3Zr2O12". It includes input and output files for the density functional theory (DFT) calculations, performed using VASP. Data extraction relies on the vasppy Python module (https://github.com/bjmorgan/vasppy, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.801663), available under the MIT licence. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/691
 
Title FIRG003 - Development of method for geometrical analysis of batteries 
Description A new method for predicting cell performance based on geometry obtained from X-ray CT 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We are currently evaluating commercial potential 
 
Title FIRG003 - Experimental data for "Development of Experimental Techniques for Parameterization of Multi-scale Lithium-ion Battery Models" 
Description This dataset is for the validation data in Chen et al. (2020). It contains data for three different LG M50 cells undergoing an experiment in which the cells are charged in a constant-current/constant-voltage fashion and discharge at a constant current for different C-rates (C/10, C/2, 1C and 1.5C). Apart from the current and voltage, the temperatures of the cell surface and the thermal chamber in which they are cycled is recorded too. References: Chang-Hui Chen et al 2020 J. Electrochem. Soc. 167 080534 (https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/ab9050) 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This dataset can be used by DFN modellers for validation and parameterisation. 
URL https://zenodo.org/record/4032561
 
Title FIRG003 - Graphite-based electrodes for Li-ion batteries: Formulation and manufacturing process optimization via machine learning 
Description Graphite-based electrodes for Li-ion batteries: Formulation and manufacturing process optimization via machine learning 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Graphite-based electrodes for Li-ion batteries: Formulation and manufacturing process optimization via machine learning 
URL https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/4dh2h3tsf4/1
 
Title FIRG003 - Warwick Long Term Ageing Dataset 
Description A large (~300 cells) long-term ageing data set that consists of calendar ageing and cycling ageing is collated. Experiments are still ongoing at the Warwick Wellesbourne labs and this data will be available to academic institutes. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data sets have been shared with wider Faraday Institute partners and non-FI partners to support and further research activity. The data is being used as part a Faraday Sprint project together with the Faraday MSM and Faraday Degradation project. 
 
Title FIRG005 - High resolution 3D scans of Li EV battery pack, and sub-components, at all scales of disassembly 
Description High resolution 3D scans of Li EV battery pack, and sub-components, at all scales of disassembly. Data collected from Nissan Leaf EV battery pack. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This data can be used extensively for developing and testing robotics and AI methods, especially computer vision methods. 
 
Title FIRG007 - Ionic conductors 
Description A database of solid ionic conductors and their conductivity 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None yet (ongoing research project) 
 
Title FIRG015 - Cell test baseline dataset 
Description Development of a large baseline cell test database with input from five institutions 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The baseline cell test database allows improvements in electrodes to be determined 
 
Title FIRG015 - Hybrid augmented electrode modelling 
Description Development of a new hybrid augmented modelling technique that uses structural data taken from physical electrodes. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The model uses structural data and uses them as inputs for a computational micromechanical (DEM) electrode calendering model. 
 
Title FIRG025 - DandeLiion battery modelling 
Description DandeLiion is an ultra-fast solver for electrochemical models of planar lithium-ion cells and thermal-electrochemical models of three-dimensional composite pouch cells. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The model is accessible by a website, full release is being explored commercially. 
URL https://www.dandeliion.com/
 
Title FIRG025 - DandeLiion cloud-computing service 
Description A webservice for solving battery models in the cloud. Free to use. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Generation of significant engagement from industry 
URL http://www.dandeliion.com
 
Title FIRG025 - Python Battery Modelling 
Description PyBaMM (Python Battery Mathematical Modelling) solves physics-based electrochemical DAE models by using state-of-the-art automatic differentiation and numerical solvers. The Doyle-Fuller-Newman model can be solved in under 0.1 seconds, while the reduced-order Single Particle Model and Single Particle Model with electrolyte can be solved in just a few milliseconds. Additional physics can easily be included such as thermal effects, fast particle diffusion, 3D effects, and more. All models are implemented in a flexible manner, and a wide range of models and parameter sets (NCA, NMC, LiCoO2, ...) are available. There is also functionality to simulate any set of experimental instructions, such as CCCV or GITT, or specify drive cycles. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact PyBaMM is creating an international community of collaborators, working on some of the biggest problems in modelling lithium ion batteries, including degradation. 
URL https://www.pybamm.org/
 
Title FIRG025 - Upgrades to ONETEP 
Description Upgrades to ONETEP to include interfaces have been added. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact ONETEP (Order-N Electronic Total Energy Package) is a linear-scaling code for quantum-mechanical calculations based on density-functional theory. 
URL https://www.onetep.org/
 
Title FIRG025 - ndrewwang/liiondb: First release of LiionDB 
Description http://www.liiondb.com/ 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Database of publicly available parameters for lithium ion battery models. 
URL https://zenodo.org/record/5574514
 
Title FIRG028 - image processing toolbox t allow quantification of high-speed X-ray radiography image 
Description High-speed X-ray radiography is proven to be a valuable tool to capture events occurring during cell failure, but the observations made remain largely qualitative. UCL has developed a robust image processing toolbox that can quantify, for the first time, the rate of propagation of battery failure mechanisms revealed by high-speed X-ray radiography. Using Gabor filters and cross-correlating the Gabor signals, practical, illustrative spatiotemporal maps of the failure events are produced. From these, the propagation rates of electrode displacement prior to the onset of thermal runaway can be quantified. The assistive toolbox can also be used to study other types of failure mechanisms, extracting otherwise unattainable kinetic data. Ultimately, this tool can be used to not only validate existing theoretical mechanical models, but also standardise battery failure testing procedures. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Published as a technique but not sure the code is available High-speed X-ray radiography is proven to be a valuable tool to capture events occurring during cell failure, but the observations made remain largely qualitative. UCL has developed a robust image processing toolbox that can quantify, for the first time, the rate of propagation of battery failure mechanisms revealed by high-speed X-ray radiography. Using Gabor filters and cross-correlating the Gabor signals, practical, illustrative spatiotemporal maps of the failure events are produced. From these, the propagation rates of electrode displacement prior to the onset of thermal runaway can be quantified. The assistive toolbox can also be used to study other types of failure mechanisms, extracting otherwise unattainable kinetic data. Ultimately, this tool can be used to not only validate existing theoretical mechanical models, but also standardise battery failure testing procedures. 
 
Title FIRG031 - Anode coatings for garnet-type solid-state batteries 
Description Data underpinning: The performance of garnet-type solid-state batteries can be improved by applying an additional layer at the anode side to decrease interfacial resistance. Here, we combine a high-throughput framework with DFT calculations to identify new promising anode coating candidates. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact All-solid-state batteries provide a promising solution for the problems encountered in traditional Li-ion batteries. By replacing organic liquid electrolytes with inorganic solid-state electrolytes (SSEs), all-solid-state batteries often show higher electrochemical stability and safety. 
URL https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/datasets/computational-screening-of-anode-coatings-for-gar...
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Cummins 
Organisation Cummins
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions around aspects of the end-of-life management of EV LIBs and provision of materials for research purposes.
Collaborator Contribution Discussions around aspects of the end-of-life management of EV LIBs and provision of materials for research purposes.
Impact CDA signed by both parties. Confidential discussions in progress
Start Year 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: Averey Chan, 4th year Masters student 
Organisation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Averey Chan, who is a 4th year Masters student at the Department of Materials at Imperial College, has been a visitor at Prof. Yang Shao-Horn's group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT from July to December 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Averey has been working on a few different projects in relation to Li ion battery degradation, including work on NMC electrodes. Averey will bring to Imperial and Faraday Institution knowledge on electrode preparation, in particular in relation to model binder-free electrodes.
Impact Averey will bring to Imperial and Faraday Institution knowledge on electrode preparation, in particular in relation to model binder-free electrodes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: WMG Graduate Placement Scheme 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Warwick Manufacturing Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution WMG Graduate Placement Scheme funded for 3 months "Cycling induced degradation of Ni-rich cathode in Li-ion Batteries"
Collaborator Contribution WMG Graduate Placement Scheme funded for 3 months "Cycling induced degradation of Ni-rich cathode in Li-ion Batteries"
Impact WMG Graduate Placement Scheme funded for 3 months "Cycling induced degradation of Ni-rich cathode in Li-ion Batteries"
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Analysis of biogenic nanoparticles using High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Edinburgh synthesised Co and Ni nanoparticles that were delivered thereafter to the University of Liverpool.
Collaborator Contribution The size, shape, elemental composition and oxidation state of the biogenic nanoparticles were analysed at the University of Liverpool using High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EEls).
Impact "1) Dissolved forms of Ni and Co can be recovered biologically using the bacterium species D. alaskensis. 2) The analysis performed at the University of Liverpool confirmed that Co and Ni-based nanoparticles have been produced. "
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Analysis of biogenic nanoparticles using High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The University of Edinburgh synthesised Co and Ni nanoparticles that were delivered thereafter to the University of Liverpool.
Collaborator Contribution The size, shape, elemental composition and oxidation state of the biogenic nanoparticles were analysed at the University of Liverpool using High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EEls).
Impact "1) Dissolved forms of Ni and Co can be recovered biologically using the bacterium species D. alaskensis. 2) The analysis performed at the University of Liverpool confirmed that Co and Ni-based nanoparticles have been produced. "
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-SOL: Morgan PLC NDA 
Organisation Morgan Advanced Materials
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Morgan have agreed to provide samples to us (500g-1kg LLZO).
Collaborator Contribution Non disclosure agreement signed. Morgan have agreed to provide samples to us (500g-1kg LLZO).
Impact n/a
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-SOL: Nissan NDA 
Organisation Nissan Motor Company
Country Japan 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NDA's signed with Nissan in order to explore further opportunities for collaboration
Collaborator Contribution NDA's signed with Nissan in order to explore further opportunities for collaboration
Impact n/a
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-SOL: Toshiba NDA 
Organisation Toshiba
Country Japan 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NDA's signed with Toshiba in order to explore further opportunities for collaboration
Collaborator Contribution NDA's signed with Toshiba in order to explore further opportunities for collaboration
Impact n/a
Start Year 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Horiba Mira DTP Case Studentship 
Organisation Horiba
Department HORIBA MIRA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Developing solid state battery protocols, contribution to technical workshops
Collaborator Contribution Providing insight to student's work, facilities access
Impact Technical workshops, joint studentship (DTP CASE)
Start Year 2021
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - TES-AMM 
Organisation TES AMM Singapore Pte Ltd
Country Singapore 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions around aspects of the end-of-life management of EV LIBs and potential investment in recycling in UK.
Collaborator Contribution Discussions around aspects of the end-of-life management of EV LIBs and potential investment in recycling in UK.
Impact CDA signed by both parties. Confidential discussions in progress
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIIF001 - Nyobolt - FIIF 001 and FIIF 010 
Organisation Nyobolt
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Industry Fellowship is in partnership with Nyobolt Ltd. and has supported the success and expansion of the company through the rapid development of industry relevant prototype battery cells utilizing the company's world leading materials. As reported in the FI Success story (https://www.faraday.ac.uk/success-stories/accelerating-nyobolts-drive/), 'The prototype devices developed under this program were essential to demonstrate the potential of Nyobolt's technology and, in so doing, helped secure a £8m Series A investment for Nyobolt early in 2021. This investment helps to ensure the continued future growth of Nyobolt, to build battery technology leadership in the UK and to enhance the battery supply chain in the UK.' Furthermore, the project PI was interviewed and presented information as part the investment process to potential investors. Through the ongoing work together, the company's expansion and growth is being supported through new product prototyping and demonstration, along with knowledge transfer and training activities provided at the laboratories at Coventry University by project fellows to Nyobolt's staff. This knowledge transfer is ongoing and has included several visits of Nyobolt staff to Coventry labs but also a visit of project PI to Nyobolt facilities in USA. The Coventry team has also been involved in advising on and specification of equipment and facilities as Nyobolt expands and plans for the future, along with enabling access to facilities for cell development and testing not otherwise available.
Collaborator Contribution Nyobolt has offered insight and training into the business aspects of a start up and how it develops through regular communication and mentorship of the PI by the company's CEO and other senior staff. Extensive training and knowledge transfer has been given to both Fellows in areas of battery development from the Nyobolt staff and consultants. This knowledge has come from an industrial environment and is not generally available to the academic community and has had a considerably positive effect on the the University staff with huge learnings that are not available in the academic press, with the non-proprietary information being utilized in training the scientist of the future in the Coventry University labs. The association with Nyobolt has brought commercial and academic R&D opportunities that are being pursued through the publicity that has come, along with the introductions made by the company of project staff to their network and also through the association with what is seen as a ground breaking technology and material. Introductions made by Nyobolt have opened avenues to suppliers of battery components and materials not previously available (often difficult to engage such suppliers in battery industry as a University).
Impact Further funding: The Faraday Institution: FIIF-010 - FIIF010 Industrial Fellowship: Niobium Based High Power Prototype Batteries Plus - NioProBat+ (£ 55243; 2021 - 2022) Engagement activities: Participation in an activity, workshop or similar - Invited talk as part of Faraday Institution 2nd Year PhD cohort training A talk or presentation - Invited talk at Seminar of the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey A talk or presentation - Faraday Institution Masterclass (online) Awards and recognition: Appointed as the editor/advisor to a journal or book series - Guest Associate Editor in the journal Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, Electrochemical Engineering (2021)
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIIF003 - MSc thesis collaborations 
Organisation Delta Motorsport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution As the result of this fellowship project, Delta-Cosworth and Cranfield University decided to define a number of MSc thesis projects to achieve the following goals: 1- To contribute into the current projects at Delta and supporting them by exploring new areas. 2- To provide new opportunities for students to work closely with an industrial partner and improve their learning experience. 3- To strengthen the collaborations between Delta-Cosworth and Cranfield University and thinking about further opportunities. Myself and the MSc students could contributed to Delta's BMS development by proposing new models and estimators.
Collaborator Contribution Delta-Cosworth contributed in two main areas: (1) providing complementary supervision of MSc students by having regular meetings with them. and (2) providing test data and specifications of their cells/battery packs.
Impact MSc thesis report entitled "THERMAL MODELLING AND OPTIMIZATION OF A HIGH-PERFORMANCE EV BATTERY PACK USING CFD", by Nicolas Valencia Contecha, 2020. MSc thesis report entitled "ELECTRIC VEHICLE RANGE ESTIMATION AND THE EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE", by Lang Mao, 2021. MSc thesis report entitled "High Fidelity FEM based Thermal Analysis of a cylindrical Lithium-ion cell", by Muralidharan Jayaram, 2021.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIIF004 - Work with Cornish Lithium materials 
Organisation Cornish Lithium Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Glen Murray used Cornish Lithium materials in conjunction with TFP Hydrogen to look at these to develop FutureCat research on cathodes for lithium ion batteries.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of materials
Impact Further development of relationship between Cornish Lithium and TFP Hydrogen.
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIIF007 - Industrial partnership with Echion Technologies 
Organisation Echion Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project is a partnership with Echion Technologies
Collaborator Contribution The project is directly linked with Echion Technologies with material transfer and testing at both UoB and Echion
Impact A patent was submitted in December 2021
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIIF013 - Imperial-Williams Advanced Engineering 
Organisation Williams Advanced Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We provided battery diagnostic techniques, testing facilities, modelling approaches, experimental procedures to the collaboration which aims to diagnose battery lifetime and improve it.
Collaborator Contribution Williams Advanced Engineering have provided engineering support and focus of application areas for diagnostic tools and commercially relevant cells
Impact Paper on battery diagnostics which is under review
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG001 - Collaboration with MIT 
Organisation Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My masters student, Averey Chan, visited Yang Shao-Horn's group at MIT to investigate novel anodes for Li ion batteries based on Al. It resulted in a paper where he is first author. I have previously collaborated with Shao-Horn extensively. However, this is the first time we have worked together on Li ion battery degradation. Averey brought to Imperial College experimental knowhow of how to conduct studies on model battery electrodes.
Collaborator Contribution Shao-Horn provided all experimental facilities.
Impact A paper in J. Electrochem. Soc where my masters student is first author.
Start Year 2015
 
Description FIRG001 - Diamond Light Source 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing scientific input and direct expertise into how set up/ run and test insitu liquid TEM experiments of Li-ion batteries. Development of new capabilities at Diamond Light Source.
Collaborator Contribution Scientific input into proposals, discussion on experiments, commissioning time. Providing access to electron microscopes.
Impact The collaboration in still ongoing and plan for joint proposal to have PDRA placed at Diamond is being prepared.
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - Faraday Institution Solid State Battery Fast Start Project 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The PI collaborates with Prof. Norman Fleck and jointly supervise a PhD student to examine chemical and mechanical origins for SSBs
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Fleck is a world-renowned expert on mechanical properties of ceramics. We are developing models for cracking and dendrite formation.
Impact Involves collaboration between chemists and mechanical engineers
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - In-kind support from Johnson Matthey 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The partnership has involved the development of materials for redox flow batteries and related energy storage systems
Collaborator Contribution Johnson Matthey have provided in-kind support through laboratory visits between PDRAs and JM laboratories, participation at workshops and networking events, and as members of an expert review panel for a flexible funding call for projects to develop materials for redox flow batteries.
Impact Collaboration is ongoing with impact known after the grant ends
Start Year 2017
 
Description FIRG001 - In-kind support from NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Support from NPL allowed collaborations into properties of organic materals for hybrid optoelectronic and thermoelectric applications
Collaborator Contribution NPL provided in-kind support through knowledge exchange, laboratory visits, load of equipment, and attendance at conferences, workshops, industry discussion meetings, and other CAM-IES events.
Impact The co-investigators continue ongoing collaborations with NPL
Start Year 2017
 
Description FIRG001 - JLR 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC
Department Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Joint collaboration on a research project, including researchers from the Degradation Project and Multiscale modelling, as well as JLR.
Collaborator Contribution Providing materials, scientific discussion, personnel attending meetings
Impact Confidential
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG001 - Rolls ROyce 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Investigation of 2d materials as supercapacitors for energy storage
Collaborator Contribution Industrial know-how, applicability/end use testing of devices
Impact Project is still ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description FIRG001 - SPM studies on NMC811 
Organisation Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SPM studies
Collaborator Contribution supply NMC811 thin films
Impact Project onging
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG001 - Sheffield Degradation 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact tbc
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - Soton-HMGCC 
Organisation Her Majesty's Government Communications
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Developed new set-up for analysis of gas evolution and performed measurements with selected Li-ion battery electrodes to test effect of different manufacturing approaches.
Collaborator Contribution Provided expert advice on Li-ion battery commercial standards and funding of a PhD studentship.
Impact Improving in understanding of gas evolution from Li-ion batteries
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL - ThermoFisher 
Organisation Thermo Fisher Scientific
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provided cells and CT data for a collaborative project. PDRA conducted lab exchange to test experimental procedures, agreement to beta test software
Collaborator Contribution Access to microscopy equipment, correlative imaging of batteries
Impact Conference presentations, paper in preparation
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL _ McGill 
Organisation McGill University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosted a PhD student and allowed access to equipment for a collaborative research project
Collaborator Contribution Materials provided for a collaborative research project, travel grant for student to come to london
Impact Paper in preparation Exchange between the two labs
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL and NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific input into discussions, materials, experiments
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on PhD student's project
Impact Lab exchange with PhD student and NPL, defined standard protocols
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL- ESRF 
Organisation European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Numerous joint beam time proposals and co authored publications
Collaborator Contribution Under the auspices of the Degradation project we have had interactions and beam time at ID15 and ID19 - this has led to an LTP applciation
Impact See:
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL- JM 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with JM to understand morphology and safety of battery materials
Collaborator Contribution Application of advanced characterisation techniques - leading to two PhD studentships
Impact 2 x PhD studentship
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL- Rolls Royce 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have started a sprint activity in battery safety with RR under the FI programme
Collaborator Contribution We are investigating failure mechanisms of cells for aerospace applications
Impact Project ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG001 - UCL-Diamond Light Source 
Organisation Diamond Light Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Numerous joint beamtime proposals and publications, collaborative research projects and commissioning of equipment at diamond
Collaborator Contribution Scientific input into proposals and paper writing, discussions on experimental protocols, commissioning time, a joint proposal for a Faraday PhD student, input into STFC experimental design awards Strong collaborations exist between UCL and Diamond beamlines i11, i12, i13, i14, B18 and i20 EDE
Impact Publications already listed in this award Successful Faraday PhD student application with i11 STFC Experimental Design award for Andy Leach for a cell to use on B18 (£8000)
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - correlate degradation with electrochemical measurement 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution set up experiments and collect electrochemical data of consortium pouch cells, coin cells, cylindrical cells
Collaborator Contribution use machine learning to diagnosis SoH and predict RUL of the cells
Impact A paper with the title of "Identifying degradation patterns of lithium ion batteries from impedance spectroscopy using machine learning" has been accepted by Nature Communications
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG001 - industrial partner 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution academic knowledge on electrochemical energy storage
Collaborator Contribution industrial input - testing and supply of materials.
Impact too early, project only 15 months in
Start Year 2017
 
Description FIRG001 - understanding the composition of SEI particularly at step edges 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution using SPM to understand the morphology and XPS to understand the composition of SEI layer at each potential
Collaborator Contribution using EEIS in EDX mode to understand the composition of SEI layer at step edges
Impact Project ongoing
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG001 - using low energy Raman to study the intercalation process 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution prepare anode materials with different stage of lithium ions intercalation
Collaborator Contribution use low energy Raman to understand the intercalation process of lithium ions into graphene layers
Impact Project ongoing
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG001 - using microscopy and XPS to study the composition of SEI layer at each potential 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution prepare samples for XPS
Collaborator Contribution XPS analysis of the prepared samples
Impact Project ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG003 - Collaboration on battery lifetime and failure prediction from field data 
Organisation BBOXX
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of battery health estimation and lifetime/fault prediction algorithms applied to solar-off grid systems
Collaborator Contribution BBOXX gave us access to their database of live operational data from hundreds of thousands of batteries
Impact We have developed a technique to predict battery failure before it occurs, and are currently validating this and discussing with BBOXX how to implement it in their systems.
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG003 - Collaboration with KIT 
Organisation Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Imperial (Offer) and Warwick (Widanalage) are working with researchers at KIT, that was a direct result of the visit in 2019. We expect this to lead to a joint publication.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental and modelling studies.
Impact to be updated, we expect a publication
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG003 - Joint research engagement with the Alan Turing Institute 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The FI MSM research outcomes supported to establish a working research relationship with the Alan Turing Institute. We used our FI MSM outputs to advance several new areas related to battery modelling. We worked on the "mechanistic" model development and utilised our validated battery models together with MSM common modelling framework tools (PyBAMM) to develop the modelling methodology.
Collaborator Contribution The contributions from ATI were on the "stochastic" model development aspect of the project. They worked on the linking our models with their estimation methodologies to successfully implement the numerical schemes. ATI offered further funds (held by the corresponding ATI project coordinator) to hire a graduate student with the activity.
Impact Thanks to the joint effort we published a high quality workshop paper at NeurIPS 2020 and was invited to several international talks.
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG003 - Southampton - BIOVIA -Dassault Systemes 
Organisation Dassault Group
Department BIOVIA
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of new methods and capabilities for studying electrochemical systems within large-scale quantum mechanical simulations. These methods are developed within the ONETEP linear-scaling DFT program which is typically capable of calculations with one order of magnitude more atoms than conventional DFT programs, enabling the study realistic models of complex materials.
Collaborator Contribution These developments in ONETEP will be integrated by Biovia/Dassault Systemes into the Materials Studio platform, which is used by multi-national companies with major stakes in batteries (e.g. Toyota). Via this route ONETEP is marketed to all major players in industry (e.g. Toyota) via a long term agreement with BIOVIA/Dassault Systemes (leading in commercial software for multiscale modelling of batteries)
Impact A first paper has been submitted for publication
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG003 - UCL- NPL 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Porous electrode modelling in collaboration with NPL leading to award of NPL Measurement Fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Porous electrode modelling in collaboration with NPL leading to award of NPL Measurement Fellowship
Impact Dr Xuekun Li was awarded a NPL Measurement Fellowship
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG003 - WMG - Alan Turing Institute (ATI) 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - Exploiting MSM (XP4) outcomes with ATI to study Physics-informed statistical learning of battery lifetime - WMG, Warwick support with battery models and relevant data (collected at WMG) to develop hybrid models.
Collaborator Contribution - Technical knowledge on Statistical Machine Learning from ATI - 1 Research staff support member from ATI
Impact - A Journal for submission in March 2020 under preparation
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG003 - Wiener-Anspach Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Organisation University Libre Bruxelles (Université Libre de Bruxelles ULB)
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration and supervision with Luis Couto Mendonca, the fellowship recipient.
Collaborator Contribution Funding of fellowship research activities for 12 months
Impact Nothing to report currently
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG005 - California Lithium-Ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group - CalEPA 
Organisation United States Environmental Protection Agency
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provided workshops to the Lithium-ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group was created to advise the Legislature on policies pertaining to the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries sold with motor vehicles in the state. It is being led by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and the Department for Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Additional members come from the environmental community, auto dismantlers, public and private representatives involved in the manufacturing, collection, processing and recycling of electric vehicle batteries, and other interested parties. The advisory group was formed in 2019 in response to Assembly Bill 2832 (Dahle, 2018).
Collaborator Contribution provided the platform for the workshop
Impact https://calepa.ca.gov/climate/lithium-ion-car-battery-recycling-advisory-group/meeting-minutes-for-10-13-20-lithium-ion-car-battery-recycling-advisory-group/
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG005 - Collaboration with Direct Line Group on robotic disassembly and health monitoring of EV batteries 
Organisation Direct Line Group plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Direct Line has funded a series of internships and student projects which have generated substantial results including peer reviewed publications.
Collaborator Contribution Direct Line provided substantial funding.
Impact Several peer reviewed papers and demos have resulted from these funded summer internships.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG005 - Further collaboration with Zero Carbon Futures 
Organisation Zero Carbon Futures Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution As a result of ReLiB, ReLiB team at Newcastle is active in a number of collaborative efforts with local industries (E.g. AESC Envision, Nissan Manufacturing UK), some of these projects and collaborative works exist because of the relationship both Newcastle University and these companies have with ZCF. ZCF typically manages the interactions through formal project management and dissemination duties. NU & ZCF are very active in generation of joint training exercises at many levels of industry.
Collaborator Contribution Zero carbon futures assist in the management and dissemination of collaborative research projects between Newcastle University and prominent local industries (E.g. AESC Envision, Nissan Manufacturing UK). These projects are partially realised due to work undertaken on within ReLiB. ZCF is now wholly owned by Newcastle University but remains a separate identity.
Impact A number of collaborative research projects with third parties, bilateral collaborative research, policy notes etc.
Start Year 2014
 
Description FIRG005 - Further work with Nissan Manufacturing UK 
Organisation Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the ReLiB team at Newcastle University have gone on to work both in officially funded collaborations with NMUK as well as broader collaborative efforts in the areas of battery production, safety and recycling. Our team have delivered expertise and advise on various aspects of this.
Collaborator Contribution The broader collaboration with NMUK leads to a far greater understanding within the project team of the demands of the industrial partner's needs in various aspects of their industry.
Impact Further funding - collaborative & multidisciplinary
Start Year 2011
 
Description FIRG005 - IEA Task 42 EV City Case book 
Organisation International Energy Agency (IEA)
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I fed into the research and applications of the the IEA forecast and city case guide. This is supported by the declared ambitions of governments to phase out fossil fueled vehicles, including: Norway (2025), Ireland (2030), The Netherlands (2030), France (2040) and the UK (2040). This task explores the incentives, investments and infrastructure needed to support this growth and how policymakers should respond to this changing market. It will collect learning and best practice from existing and planned large scale deployments of EVs around the world. The task will also explore the role of governments in supporting this growth, including requirements to ramp-up supportive policies and how best to phase-out incentives and financial support. The objective of the task is to highlight key global developments, provide insights on the role of policymakers in accelerating the uptake of EVs and offer guidance on how best to phase out public support. It will seek to answer three key questions: What are the incentives, investments and infrastructure that will drive growth in markets for EVs? How can the public and private sector work together to accelerate widespread uptake of electric vehicles? How will public policy need to change over time? The team interviewed me and I also provide direct guidance in writing
Collaborator Contribution Urban Foresight is managing and overlooking the project
Impact city guide book, to be published
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG005 - International Energy Agency Task 40 CRM4EV Critical Raw Material for Electric Vehicle 
Organisation International Energy Agency (IEA)
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Inform the around ReLiB and more specifically about the LCA work we are doing
Collaborator Contribution Electric Vehicles manufacturers are reducing the costs of EVs and at the same time improving the performance and longevity. Policymakers and other stakeholders forecast and plan an important role for EVs in reducing GHG and other emissions from transport. Several countries have announced a full or partial transition to ZEVs for personal cars with an important role for BEVs. With this projected mass deployment of EVs, attention is drawn to potential supply chain issues for several Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) needed for EV manufacturing. For materials, like Lithium, Cobalt, Graphite and Rare Earth Elements news headlines referring to these (potential) supply chain issues are now frequently seen in the main stream press. Reference is for example made to a potential lack of supply of these critical material availability or undesired environmental impacts or social impacts.
Impact Define reporting deliverables (e.g. reports, analyses, publications, casebook) and maintain the information up to date considering the latest developments. List of EV Critical Raw Materials and "needs to know" for these CRMs List of Transport (vehicles) CRMs impacted by EVs (replacement) Short summary "Fact Sheets" on CRMs and CRM4EV topics (like recycling, LCA) Insights in the current mining, refining, main applications of the CMs Insight in planned and potential mining and refining capacities Insight in current and projected (scenarios) needs of the CMs Insight in need of the CRMs per unit, current and future Insight in alternatives of the CRMs (and impacts if alternative is used) Insight in recycling processes and legislation (Including collection potential) Workshops and dissemination at relevant conferences Yearly reports CRM4EV Casebook
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG005 - Maximizing the Environmental Utility of Battery Storage: Building a Life Cycle Assessment Framework 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution provide information around ReLiB and LCA specifically
Collaborator Contribution Utility-scale electricity storage technology is crucial for achieving California's ambitious target of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 because of the intermittency of solar and wind resources. Large format batteries are being rapidly adopted to meet storage demand, with lithium ion batteries in particular seeing enormous increases in production and improvements in performance. At the same time, new battery chemistries and technologies are emerging that aim to improve on performance and cost, and could diversify material resource dependencies. For example, flow batteries are one such technology, and within this technology several classes are being developed that vary substantially in flow cell types, electrolytes, and required balance of systems. The type and quantity of natural resources consumed and pollutants and wastes generated by current and future technologies over their life-cycles vary among technologies and particular classes. Therefore understanding and anticipating the life-cycle impacts of battery technologies is important to maximize their benefits. Applying life cycle assessment (LCA) to utility-scale batteries faces a number of key challenges including: (1) deficiencies in reliable data, (2) scale-up of bench-scale operations to full scale, (3) uncertainties in the use and end-of-life phase modeling, and (4) lack of consequential models for the inputs and outputs. All of these challenges are intensified for emergent technologies. In this workshop, we will discuss the current status of and the key barriers to applying LCA to utility scale batteries. We will also identify the key areas that need further research and developments to overcome such barriers.
Impact no sure yet. We hope to develop a framework on this.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG005 - Natural resources and the circular economy for batteries 
Organisation University of Southern Denmark
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I designed and held a workshop around resources and batteries
Collaborator Contribution Resource constraints of the green transition at the Southern Danish University- ISIE
Impact this was a multidisciplinary output.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG007 - Johnson Matthey collaboration at Sheffield 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This collaboration is focused on the synthesis and development of new canddiate solid state electrolytes, particularly NASICON systems. This is a co-funded PhD studentship at the University of Sheffield with Dr Eddie Cussen and Professor Serena Corr. PhD student, Jasmine Clough, an affiliate SOLBAT student, is working on the synthesis, characterisation and testing of new candidate solid state electrolytes.
Collaborator Contribution Johnson Matthey provides financial support in co-funding a PhD studentship for Ms Jasmine Clough. Regular research meetings with partners at Johnson Matthey to inform the direction of research and update on results. Visits to industry partner by PhD student Jasmine Clough.
Impact This collaboration is still ongoing and no outputs to report as yet.
Start Year 2018
 
Description FIRG007 - SAXS at Harwell 
Organisation Diamond Light Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Synthesis and preparation of polymer films
Collaborator Contribution Access to diamond light source, training on I-22 beamline, interpretation of SAXS data obtained.
Impact 2 publications
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG007 - SOLBAT - Nissan collaboration 
Organisation Nissan Motor Company
Country Japan 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In this Nissan project, we'd like to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms of electrochemical reaction at the interface between solid electrolyte (SE) and LiM anode with consideration of mechanical effect in ASSB system at first stage. This understanding will help to identify the key factor of anode and solid electrolyte design direction for automotive use. Specifically, we would like to apply operando analysis such as XPS for sulfide type SE-LiM interface during charge/discharge test to clarify the relationship between surface/interface properties (eg: SE oxidation, LiM nitrization, contamination, etc.) and critical current density by using symmetry cell in the first stage of the Nissan project.
Collaborator Contribution Nissan provide finances to support a PDRA as well as providing industry relevant knowledge in helping set reasonable perameters to the work.
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG013 - Applications of Compressive Sensing and Machine Learning to Imaging and Spectroscopy 
Organisation Oxford Instruments
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions are underway with Oxford Instruments to collaborate on the implementation of the CS/ML methods being developed in this project to imaging and spectroscopy
Collaborator Contribution Each partner contributed expertise in the design and implementation of imaging and spectrpscopy in electron microscopes to the formation of a research partnership to develop new applications of CS and ML
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG013 - Collaboration with WMG, Warwick 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Warwick Manufacturing Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Through the award of this funding, and the unique experimental capability we will establish, we are creating new collaborations with WMG (Geoff West and Mel Loveridge) to do some pump priming experiments.
Collaborator Contribution The link is through Pat Unwin, Warwick Chemistry.
Impact Just started.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG013 - Collaboration with Will Chueh (Stanford, USA) 
Organisation Stanford University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have established a collaboration with Chueh's group at Stanford to expand multimodal investigation of battery electrode materials and electrocatalysts.
Collaborator Contribution We provide SECCM of battery electrode materials.
Impact Paper submitted.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG013 - Faraday Institute 
Organisation The Faraday Institution
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dissemination of research techniques useful in the characterisation of batteries. Presentation given to researchers funded by the Faraday Institution and members of the Advisory Board.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in battery reasearch.
Impact none yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG014 - LiSTAR-HORIBA MIRA 
Organisation Horiba
Department HORIBA MIRA
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The LiSTAR team have engaged in preliminary discussions which will accelerate HORIBA MIRA's movement into the Li-S sphere
Collaborator Contribution HORIBA MIRA have provided industrial knowledge and support regarding the development of battery management systems to accelerate the outputs of LiSTAR
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG014 - Nottingham-Lubrizol 
Organisation Lubrizol Corporation
Department Lubrizol, UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Lubrizol and Nottingham are collaborating on the development of additives for Li-S batteries. Nottingham are assessing the efficacy of products designed by Lubrizol
Collaborator Contribution Lubrizol are providing in kind support through PhD students
Impact Candidate materials have been identified and are being investigated for protection
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG014 - Surrey-ARKEMA 
Organisation Arkema
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Surrey has engaged in research activity investigating the potential impact of binders on Li-S batteries.
Collaborator Contribution As part of the study ARKEMA have provided two new binders to be screened to establish their efficacy in Li-S cathodes.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG014 - UCL-EAG 
Organisation Electric Aviation Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UCL and EAG are collaborating to understand the requirements of a fully electric aircraft in the next 10 years
Collaborator Contribution We are offering technical support and consultation related to Li-S technology in a fully electric aircraft
Impact To be determined
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG014 - UCL-Oxis 
Organisation Oxis Energy Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution As part of the LiSTAR programme UCL and Oxis have engaged in activities to optimise the potential outputs research programme
Collaborator Contribution Oxis have provided in-kind expertise and material to the LiSTAR programme
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG014 - UCL-REPSOL-CIDETEC 
Organisation IK4-Cidetec
Country Spain 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution LiSTAR have engaged with Repsol & Cidetec to share understanding of the established industrial research programmes which are underway in Spain
Collaborator Contribution Repsol & Cidetec have shared the developments which they have made over the last 3 years which has enabled a greater understanding of the current state of the art of Li-S batteries in industry
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG014 - UCL-REPSOL-CIDETEC 
Organisation Repsol
Country Spain 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution LiSTAR have engaged with Repsol & Cidetec to share understanding of the established industrial research programmes which are underway in Spain
Collaborator Contribution Repsol & Cidetec have shared the developments which they have made over the last 3 years which has enabled a greater understanding of the current state of the art of Li-S batteries in industry
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG015 - Altair/EDEM and Sheffield University 
Organisation Altair Engineering Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have an excellent partnership with Altair/EDEM and work closely with their development team.
Collaborator Contribution We have an excellent partnership with Altair/EDEM and work closely with their development team. They provide significant in-kind support (ca. £12k p.a.)
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - AMTE Power Partnership 
Organisation AMTE Power
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In discussion with AMTE about future collaboration
Collaborator Contribution In discussion with AMTE about future collaboration
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - Croda International PLC 
Organisation Croda International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In discussion with Croda International about future collaboration
Collaborator Contribution In discussion with Croda International about future collaboration
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - Granta Design Ltd Partnership 
Organisation Granta Design
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In discussion with Granta Design Ltd about future support/project progress
Collaborator Contribution In discussion with Granta Design Ltd about future support/project progress
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - ICoNiChem Widnes Ltd Partnership 
Organisation ICoNiChem Widnes Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In discussion with ICoNIChem about project progress/future collaboration
Collaborator Contribution In discussion with ICoNIChem about project progress/future collaboration
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - Jaguar Land Rover Partnership 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC
Department Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In discussion with Jaguar Land Rover about future support/project progress
Collaborator Contribution In discussion with Jaguar Land Rover about future support/project progress
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - Johnson Matthey Partnership 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Extensive interactions . NDA & PhD studentship in place
Collaborator Contribution Extensive interactions . NDA & PhD studentship in place
Impact Education of PhD
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - LG Chem Partnership 
Organisation LG Electronics
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution LG Chem secondee (2yrs from 2021) on disordered rock-salts
Collaborator Contribution Support synthesis, electrode fabrication, cell assembly & provide test samples
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - Linde Partnership 
Organisation Linde Group
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions on potential contract work
Collaborator Contribution Discussions on potential contract work
Impact Discussions on potential contract work
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG016 - UKBIC Partnership 
Organisation UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In discussion with UKBIC about project progress/future collaboration
Collaborator Contribution In discussion with UKBIC about project progress/future collaboration
Impact N/A
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG017 - Academic collaboration with Liverpool Characterisation project 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration -TEM FutureCat providing samples of materials to analyse
Collaborator Contribution TEM analysis of FutureCat materials
Impact Collaboration between FutureCat and another Faraday project (Characterisation). Prof Nigel Browning also invited to give talk at FutureCat organised event 'Advanced Characterisation of Energy Materials' due to take place on 21 April 2021.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG017 - Collaboration with Degradation (Faraday Institution project - Cambridge) 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cambridge Neuroscience
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Gas evolution measurements with OEMS
Collaborator Contribution Testing surface reconstruction layer
Impact Contribution towards FutureCat and Degradation work on battery research
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Academic Partner 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Academic Partner 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Academic Partner 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Academic Partner 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat External Partner 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research, determining standard cycling protocols for new candidate cathodes
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat External Partner 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Department ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Research
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Parner 
Organisation Echion Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generation of new candidate cathode materials
Collaborator Contribution Testing, scale up, characterisation of new cathode materials
Impact No outputs as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation AGM Batteries
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generation of new candidate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Collaborator Contribution Testing, scale up, materials supply
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation Exawatt
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generation of new candidate cathode materials
Collaborator Contribution Technoeconomic analyses to evaluate new candidate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Impact No outputs as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation Imerys Minerals Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generating new candidate cathode materials for testing
Collaborator Contribution Materials supply, staff time, guiding our scale-up activities
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation Morgan Advanced Materials
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Producing new candidate cathode materials for evaluation
Collaborator Contribution Materials supply, staff time, guiding our scale-up activities
Impact No outputs as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation PV3 Technologies Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generating new candidate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Collaborator Contribution Materials supply, staff time, guiding out scale-up activities
Impact No outputs as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation Qinetiq
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generating new candidate cathode materials for Li-ion battery testing
Collaborator Contribution Materials supply, staff time, guiding scale-up activities
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generation of new candidate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Collaborator Contribution Steering, guidance, staff time
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - FutureCat Industry Partner 
Organisation Talga Technologies Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Generating new candidate cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Collaborator Contribution Materials supply, staff time, guiding our scale-up activities
Impact No outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description FIRG017 - Industry Collaboration - Finden (Industry Fellowship) 
Organisation Finden Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industry Fellowship applied for and awarded (start date 1 May 2021)
Collaborator Contribution Industry Fellowship applied for and awarded (start date 1 May 2021) Finden - Andy Beale invited to be panel member at Advanced Characterisation of Energy Materials to take place 21 April 2021
Impact Faraday Institution award of Industry Fellowship.
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG017 - Industry Collaboration - Robinson Brothers - Additives Materials 
Organisation Robinson Brothers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research on Robinson Brothers additive materials and characterisation.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of their materials catalogue for additives which FutureCat researchers can use to develop coatings etc.
Impact Provision of their materials catalogue for additives which FutureCat researchers can use to develop coatings etc, particularly for WP4 and WP5 within FutureCat.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FIRG026 - Bekaert Fibre Technologies 
Organisation Bekaert
Country Belgium 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions held on use of metallic fibres as electrically conductive binder
Collaborator Contribution Bekaert can produce fibres at the nano level.
Impact Ongoing consideration of any options for use in SSBs.
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG026 - Innovate UK project - LiMHiT 
Organisation Emerson & Renwick Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PArt of project including NIssan and Emerson & Renwick
Collaborator Contribution Characterisation of materials produced by E&R
Impact Project still underway
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG026 - Innovate UK project - LiMHiT 
Organisation Nissan Motor Company
Country Japan 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PArt of project including NIssan and Emerson & Renwick
Collaborator Contribution Characterisation of materials produced by E&R
Impact Project still underway
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG027 - ARKEMA 
Organisation Arkema
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact CDA signed by both parties. Confidential discussions in progress
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG027 - JLR 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC
Department Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact NDA and contract for initial workpackage signed by both parties. Further discussions in progress
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG027 - Nissan 
Organisation Nissan Motor Company
Country Japan 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution confidential
Collaborator Contribution confidential
Impact NDA signed by both parties. Confidential discussions in progress
Start Year 2022
 
Description FIRG027 - Retriev 
Organisation Retriev Technologies
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions around recycling of EV LIBs and potential licensing of patented technology.
Collaborator Contribution Discussions around recycling of EV LIBs and potential licensing of patented technology.
Impact Discussions ongoing
Start Year 2022
 
Description FIRG027 - collaboration with Law and Tech Cluster group at the university of Birmingham 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Department Birmingham Law School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Law and Tech Cluster is a group of researchers primarily from the School of Law and the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham with a shared interest in the intersection of our disciplines. The members work on a range of topics, including algorithmic accountability, cyber security, robotics, data protection, machine learning, copyright law, and many others. Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah was invited to present his works to a multi-disciplinary audience, and there was a synergy on robotic disassembly and EV related issues. Dr Rastegarpanah started his collaboration with Professor Karen Yeung to apply for funding to address the regulation barriers of robotic battery disassembly. The outcome of this collaboration was a funded NERC project.
Collaborator Contribution Extreme Robotics Lab hosted a researcher from the school of Law to work with roboticists and make a policy brief about the safety implications and challenges of automating the process of battery disassembly.
Impact This is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Law and the robotics team at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. The outcome of this collaboration was a funded NERC project (Overcoming legal obstacles to facilitate the safe and effective robotic disassembly of lithium-ion batteries) and the following outcomes are expected: -- Conference: a joint conference is organised on 25/03/2022 that is a great opportunity to bring together battery experts, academics and industries from different disciplines to discuss the existing challenges and barriers of automating and robotizing the process of testing and disassembly of batteries. -- Policy Brief: to inform/advise non-academic external audiences of an issue that requires. policy attention.
Start Year 2022
 
Description FIRG028 - Industry engagement - Aerospace and Automotive 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC
Department Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SafeBatt project will improve the fundamental understanding of the root causes of cell failure and the mechanisms of failure propagation. It will work closely with industry partners to ensure the research output is commercially relevant. The project is also developing an improved understanding of processes occurring during real world failure, including the environmental consequences of LiB fires, which will inform the further development of fire sensing and protection systems for battery energy storage systems and help inform first responders.
Collaborator Contribution Rolls-Royce and JLR intend to provide Support to the Academic Parties in their performance of Work Packages 2 (Dynamic Failure Events) and 4 (Dissemination and Policy Infuence) of the Project by providing information and materials for use in the Project and advice and feedback from their technical experts regarding the Project scope and direction, as set out in a Support Agreement.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG028 - Industry engagement - Aerospace and Automotive 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The SafeBatt project will improve the fundamental understanding of the root causes of cell failure and the mechanisms of failure propagation. It will work closely with industry partners to ensure the research output is commercially relevant. The project is also developing an improved understanding of processes occurring during real world failure, including the environmental consequences of LiB fires, which will inform the further development of fire sensing and protection systems for battery energy storage systems and help inform first responders.
Collaborator Contribution Rolls-Royce and JLR intend to provide Support to the Academic Parties in their performance of Work Packages 2 (Dynamic Failure Events) and 4 (Dissemination and Policy Infuence) of the Project by providing information and materials for use in the Project and advice and feedback from their technical experts regarding the Project scope and direction, as set out in a Support Agreement.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG028 - Interactions with NREL/NASA re battery failure testing, beam time plans and battery thermal characterisation during TR 
Organisation U.S. Department of Energy
Department National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Extensive interactions with NREL/NASA re battery failure testing, beam time plans and battery thermal characterisation during Thermal runaway UCL works very closely with NREL/NASA, planning and carrying out extensive abuse testing, primarily at synchrotrons such as Diamond and ESRF
Collaborator Contribution NREL/NASA engage with UCL in planning and carrying out extensive abuse testing, primarily at synchrotrons such as Diamond and ESRF
Impact extensive abuse testing, primarily at synchrotrons such as Diamond and ESRF
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG028 - NPL: extensive interactions for battery safety standard testing including 2 x sponsored PhD students 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NPL: extensive interactions for battery safety standard testing including 2 x sponsored PhD students
Collaborator Contribution NPL: extensive interactions for battery safety standard testing including 2 x sponsored PhD students
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG028 - iLTP partnership: UCL/ESRF/Fraunhofer working group on high speed metrology for battery safety, inc. one sponsored PhD student (joint UCL/ESRF) 
Organisation European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Country France 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution iLTP partnership: UCL/ESRF/Fraunhofer working group on high speed metrology for battery safety, inc. one sponsored PhD student (joint UCL/ESRF)
Collaborator Contribution iLTP partnership: UCL/ESRF/Fraunhofer working group on high speed metrology for battery safety, inc. one sponsored PhD student (joint UCL/ESRF)
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG028 - iLTP partnership: UCL/ESRF/Fraunhofer working group on high speed metrology for battery safety, inc. one sponsored PhD student (joint UCL/ESRF) 
Organisation Fraunhofer Society
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution iLTP partnership: UCL/ESRF/Fraunhofer working group on high speed metrology for battery safety, inc. one sponsored PhD student (joint UCL/ESRF)
Collaborator Contribution iLTP partnership: UCL/ESRF/Fraunhofer working group on high speed metrology for battery safety, inc. one sponsored PhD student (joint UCL/ESRF)
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG031 - Ilika 
Organisation Ilika
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This proposal describes scalable fabrication and characterization of SSB cells. The processing is based on tape-casting which is a cost-effective fabrication technique for mass producing ceramic components with controlled dimensions. Therefore this fabrication method can potentially help to integrate the SSB manufacturing into industry and to contribute to commercialisation efforts of SSB technology. A key emphasis to deliver scale and we target 5x5 cm area cells, utilising the new dry facilities for scale up in our GENESIS .Thus this research supports the goals set by Faraday Institution and has potential to benefit to UK economy.
Collaborator Contribution Ilika will be providing indirect support based on their knowledge of solid state batteries.
Impact 1 paper published in peer reviewed journal.
Start Year 2021
 
Description FIRG031 - Morgan PLC 
Organisation Morgan Advanced Materials
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This proposal describes scalable fabrication and characterization of SSB cells. The processing is based on tape-casting which is a cost-effective fabrication technique for mass producing ceramic components with controlled dimensions. Therefore this fabrication method can potentially help to integrate the SSB manufacturing into industry and to contribute to commercialisation efforts of SSB technology. A key emphasis to deliver scale and we target 5x5 cm area cells, utilising the new dry facilities for scale up in our GENESIS .Thus this research supports the goals set by Faraday Institution and has potential to benefit to UK economy.
Collaborator Contribution Morgan PLC with be focusing on materials supply and development.
Impact 1 paper in a peer reviewed journal
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - AMTE Power 
Organisation AMTE Power
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - BIUST 
Organisation The Botswana International University of Science & Technology
Country Botswana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding via the Transforming Energy Access programme (FDCO/DfID)
Collaborator Contribution Electrochemical energy storage systems can provide grid stability and efficient energy vectoring in areas where demand is increasing but supply is restricted. Working with key partners in the UK and stakeholders in Africa, this project will develop a low-cost (<$100/kWh), soluble lead flow battery to promote grid stability and secure, clean supply in off-grid generation in Developing Economies in Africa, including Botswana and Sierra Leone. A unique advantage of the proposed battery is the ability to use recycled conventional automotive batteries for its manufacture, thereby creating a local supply chain and servicing capability. To guide system design and aid in cost reductions, a techno-economic assessment of the soluble lead flow battery using the new electrolyte system will be performed in parallel with experimental developments thereby fast-tracking best approaches.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - CDO2 
Organisation CDO2 Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Cardiff University 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Coventry University 
Organisation Coventry University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Cranfield University 
Organisation Cranfield University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Delta Motorsport 
Organisation Delta Motorsport
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Echion Technologies 
Organisation Echion Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - ExaWatt 
Organisation Exawatt
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Funding provided via the Transforming Energy Access programme (FCDO/DfID)
Collaborator Contribution Electrochemical energy storage systems can provide grid stability and efficient energy vectoring in areas where demand is increasing but supply is restricted. Working with key partners in the UK and stakeholders in Africa, this project will develop a low-cost (<$100/kWh), soluble lead flow battery to promote grid stability and secure, clean supply in off-grid generation in Developing Economies in Africa, including Botswana and Sierra Leone. A unique advantage of the proposed battery is the ability to use recycled conventional automotive batteries for its manufacture, thereby creating a local supply chain and servicing capability. To guide system design and aid in cost reductions, a techno-economic assessment of the soluble lead flow battery using the new electrolyte system will be performed in parallel with experimental developments thereby fast-tracking best approaches.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Finden 
Organisation Finden Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Ilika Technologies 
Organisation Ilika
Department Ilika Technologies Ltd.
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Ilika participated in Industry Fellowship with Imperial College of London (in 2021 - it is completed now). Currently they participate in Sprint project.
Collaborator Contribution Reported via project.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Ilika Technologies 
Organisation Ilika
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Imperial College London 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Jaguar Land Rover 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC
Department Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions around various topics related to energy storage
Collaborator Contribution Discussions around various topics related to energy storage
Impact None yet
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Lancaster University 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Manchester University 
Organisation Manchester University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Mobile Power 
Organisation Mobile Power
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Funding provided via the Transforming Energy Access programme (FCDO/DfID)
Collaborator Contribution Electrochemical energy storage systems can provide grid stability and efficient energy vectoring in areas where demand is increasing but supply is restricted. Working with key partners in the UK and stakeholders in Africa, this project will develop a low-cost (<$100/kWh), soluble lead flow battery to promote grid stability and secure, clean supply in off-grid generation in Developing Economies in Africa, including Botswana and Sierra Leone. A unique advantage of the proposed battery is the ability to use recycled conventional automotive batteries for its manufacture, thereby creating a local supply chain and servicing capability. To guide system design and aid in cost reductions, a techno-economic assessment of the soluble lead flow battery using the new electrolyte system will be performed in parallel with experimental developments thereby fast-tracking best approaches.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Morgan Advanced Materials 
Organisation Morgan Advanced Materials
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration on two industrial Sprint Projects (ZeST and Scale up)
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on two industrial Sprint Projects (ZeST and Scale up)
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Newcastle University 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic partner on FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Nyobolt 
Organisation Nyobolt
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Oxford Brooks 
Organisation Oxford Brookes University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Rolls Royce 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration principally around battery safety and associated issues
Collaborator Contribution Provision of access to senior management team members and analysis teams.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - Royal Institution public engagement partnership 
Organisation The Royal Institution of Great Britain
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Faraday Institution and Royal Institution have an ongoing partnership to engage the public on the science and impact of batteries. In 2019, we jointly produced a three-part discussion series called "The Batteries are Coming!" on how batteries are changing our world.
Collaborator Contribution Our key scientists presented at these public events and online.
Impact Videos of the events have been viewed over 200,000 times online.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation BritishVolt
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation Emerson & Renwick Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation The Faraday Institution
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - SPV for SSB 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Warwick Manufacturing Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution • Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Collaborator Contribution Special Purpose Vehicle is a battery development company that is developing and prototyping the solid-state battery technology emerging from its strategic partners. The consortium involves 7 UK-based world-leading organisations at each stage of the supply chain: battery research, development, equipment and materials supply and manufacturing, who are combining ambitions to develop world-leading prototype solid-state battery technology, targeting automotive applications. Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, University of Oxford, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick and WMG at the University of Warwick. • An MOU was signed in August 2021, and the consortium is targeting the signing of shareholder, intellectual property and subscription agreements in April 2022. • Solid-state batteries offer significant potential advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries (energy density - and therefore range, and safety) and could be transformational in meeting the UK's net zero commitments through the electrification of transport. • The successful outcome of the collaboration would be to harness and industrialise UK academic capability to produce intellectual property that enables the development of cells using highly scalable manufacturing techniques that leapfrog the cost-effectiveness and performance achieved elsewhere.
Impact none yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea)
Country Ireland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation Cambridge Cleantech Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation Galway Energy Co-operative
Country Ireland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation House of Energy e.V.
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation National University of Ireland, Galway
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland
Country Netherlands 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation University of Ghent
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STEPS Programme 
Organisation University of Twente
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution FI can provide, through its partners, world-leading characterisation capability that spans materials, electrochemistry, system performance and safety to support the STEPS project. Faraday Institution has partnered with NREL in the USA to provide this capability to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership. In addition, the FI research programme is set up to be capable of quickly mobilising resources for "Sprint" projects which swiftly address specific technical challenges. This capability will enable support to SME's participating in the project. In addition, FI will bring relevant techno-economic and policy and regulation analysis capability. The current research projects are looking at both near term development and optimisation of Lithium-ion technology (the current benchmark for energy storage) as well as research into new approaches such as solid-state, lithium-sulfur and sodium ion. The FI is investing in characterisation projects aimed at technique development which would aid materials development and model validation for the FI research project as well as supporting projects and initiatives across the wider EU battery community.
Collaborator Contribution STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025. Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service). Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - STFC 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborations on various projects via the provision of student funding/facility time/etc
Collaborator Contribution Collaborations on various projects via the provision of student funding/facility time/etc
Impact Reported via the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - StorTera 
Organisation StorTera
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Funding via the Transforming Energy Access programme (FCDO/DfID)
Collaborator Contribution Low cost graphite polysulphide single liquid flow battery for developing countries project (in partnership with Strathclyde)
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - TFP Hydrogen Products 
Organisation TFP Hydrogen Products
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an industrial fellowship
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University College London 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Bath 
Organisation University of Bath
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Birmingham 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Bristol 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Recipient of an Industrial Fellowship with THT, working on Common Testing Framework for Battery Parameterisation
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an Industrial Fellowship with THT, working on Common Testing Framework for Battery Parameterisation
Impact None yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Cambridge 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Edinburgh 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Leicester 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Liverpool 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Manchester 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on one of the Characterisation project: "What Lies Beneath? Probing Buried Interfaces in Working Batteries"
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on one of the Characterisation project: "What Lies Beneath? Probing Buried Interfaces in Working Batteries"
Impact Reported throughout the project. Final work disseminated on the Characterisation event (small conference) in September 21 in Cambridge.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Nottingham 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2019
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Portsmouth 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Sheffield 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Southampton 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of St Andrews 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Strathclyde 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding provided via the Transforming Energy Access scheme (FCDO)
Collaborator Contribution Low cost graphite polysulphide single liquid flow battery for developing countries project
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Strathclyde 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding provided via the Transforming Energy Access scheme (FCDO) as well as recipient of an Industrial Fellowship in collaboration with CDO2.
Collaborator Contribution FCDO - Low cost graphite polysulfide single liquid flow battery for developing countries project. Industry Fellowship - Work on miniaturized fluxgate magnetometer
Impact Reported through the project
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Surrey 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2019
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Sussex 
Organisation University of Sussex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Recipient of an Industrial Fellowship with CDO2, working on Quantum Magnetometry
Collaborator Contribution Recipient of an Industrial Fellowship with CDO2, working on Quantum Magnetometry
Impact Reported via project
Start Year 2020
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - University of Warwick 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic member of FI projects
Collaborator Contribution Academic staff and students involved in FI projects
Impact Reported through the projects
Start Year 2018
 
Description Faraday Institution HQ - WAE 
Organisation Williams Advanced Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration on industrial sprint projects on thermal interface materials
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration on industrial sprint projects on thermal interface materials
Impact None yet
Start Year 2020
 
Title FIRG001 - FIBRE-OPTIC SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD 
Description A fibre-optic sensing apparatus for analysing liquids includes a hollow-core optical fibre having a first, open end through which sample liquid can enter the hollow core, a pumping means for pumping sample liquid into and out of the hollow core; a light source; and a detector. The pumping means is configured to pump sample liquid into the hollow core of the fibre through its open first end, and to eject the sample liquid from the fibre through its open first end. The light source is configured to couple excitation light into the hollow core of the fibre, and the detector is configured to detect an analysis signal from the sample liquid in the hollow core of the fibre. A battery-monitoring system and method are provided in which the first end of the fibre is coupled to a battery so that the first end of the optical fibre is in fluid communication with the liquid electrolyte, such that the fibre optic-sensing apparatus can sample and analyse battery electrolyte in operando. 
IP Reference WO2021019405 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2021
Licensed No
Impact So far the PCT has been filed.
 
Title FIRG001 - Fibre-Optic Sensing Apparatus and Method 
Description The invention provides a fibre-optic sensing apparatus for analysing liquids, a method of analysing a sample liquid, a battery-monitoring system, and a method of monitoring battery electrochemistry. 
IP Reference GB1910757.2 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed No
Impact To maximize the impact of our work in the private sector, and eventually the public, we are working with Cambridge Enterprise (CE), who support researchers in achieving knowledge transfer and research impact. To protect our intellectual property, we have filed a patent in 2019 (UK patent GB1910757.2) this application is pending . CE is currently helping us to get in contact with companies in the battery related area, who would be willing to help us commercialize these ideas.
 
Title FIRG001 - Method of enhancing electrochemical cell performance 
Description Method of enhancing electrochemical cell performance 
IP Reference GB1900171.8 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Commercialisation opportunities in evaluation with FI
 
Title FIRG003 - Electrochemistry from first-principles in the grand canonical ensemble 
Description Our developments for methods for electrochemistry simulations using large scale quantum mechanical calculations in the ONETEP program as part of the Faraday Institution Multiscale Modelling project. This is the first time when quantum atomistic simulations at a large-scale (hence the ONETEP program for linear-scaling simulations of complex systems) have been coupled with an electrochemical environment such as electrolyte and potential control in order to charge electrodes. These developments provide a unique new platform for electrochemistry simulations (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysis). Our developments are made available to commercial users of the ONETEP code which is marketed by BIOVIA/Dassault Systemes 
IP Reference  
Protection Trade Mark
Year Protection Granted 2021
Licensed Yes
Impact These developments provide a unique new platform for electrochemistry simulations (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysis). Our developments are made available to commercial users of the ONETEP code which is marketed by BIOVIA/Dassault Systemes. Academic users can obtain ONETEP and these developments for free, as an open source code.
 
Title FIRG003 - Hybrid atomistic-continuum electrolyte models 
Description Developments of continuum models (and associated software) for simulation of solvent and electrolyte within the ONETEP linear-scaling Density functional Theory (DFT) program. 
IP Reference  
Protection Trade Mark
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed Yes
Impact These developments are being exposed into the commercial versions of ONETEP that is marketed by BIOVIA Dassault Systemes. They are the first of their kind for allowing the modelling of electrolyte in atomistic quantum simulations and will enable much more realistic battery materials and interfaces simulations. They are also part of the ongoing transformation of ONETEP into the first fully featured atomistic platform for electrochemistry simulations. Apart from valuable fundamental understanding, simulation results from such methods can be used to parameterise higher scale (e.g. continuum) models in the hierarchy of multiscale simulations. These ONETEP developments are released within the Materials Studio graphical simulation environment of BIOVIA Dassault Systemes: https://www.3ds.com/products-services/biovia/products/molecular-modeling-simulation/biovia-materials-studio/battery-materials/ https://www.3ds.com/fileadmin/PRODUCTS-SERVICES/BIOVIA/PDF/biovia-material-studio-onetep.pdf
 
Title FIRG003 - Linear-scaling hybrid exchange-correlation functionals 
Description Developments of very accurate so-called hybrid exchange correlation functionals for simulation of strongly correlated materials (such as metal oxides, as in cathode electrodes in batteries) within the ONETEP linear-scaling Density functional Theory (DFT) program. 
IP Reference  
Protection Trade Mark
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed Yes
Impact These developments are being exposed into the commercial versions of ONETEP that is marketed by BIOVIA Dassault Systemes. They are the first of their kind for allowing the modelling of cathode electrode materials in atomistic quantum simulations and will enable much more realistic battery materials and charge transport simulations. They are also part of the ongoing transformation of ONETEP into the first fully featured atomistic platform for electrochemistry simulations. Apart from valuable fundamental understanding, simulation results from such methods can be used to parameterise higher scale (e.g. continuum) models in the hierarchy of multiscale simulations. These ONETEP developments are released within the Materials Studio graphical simulation environment of BIOVIA Dassault Systemes: https://www.3ds.com/products-services/biovia/products/molecular-modeling-simulation/biovia-materials-studio/battery-materials/ https://www.3ds.com/fileadmin/PRODUCTS-SERVICES/BIOVIA/PDF/biovia-material-studio-onetep.pdf
 
Title FIRG005 - Battery recycling 
Description The invention relates to the recycling and/or regeneration of battery materials, in particular electrode materials. The process described may be of particular utility for blended (multi-phase) cathode materials of a Na-ion or Li-ion battery. In particular, but not exclusively, the method may comprise phase-selective leaching of one or more phases from a Na-ion or Li-ion battery electrode material, and/or optionally the regeneration or reformation of one or more of a leached phase and a remaining, unleached, phase so as to generate one or more materials suitable for reuse in, or as, a Na-ion or Li-ion battery electrode material. 
IP Reference UK Patent Application No. GB2016722.7 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2022
Licensed No
Impact Examiner's preliminary report received Jan 2021 To be published April 2022
 
Title FIRG005 - Electrode separation 
Description A method for delaminating an electrode material of an electrode sheet from a current collector of the electrode sheet comprises positioning the electrode sheet in a sonicating bath, and at least partially within a target area of a sonotrode, wherein, in the target area, the distance between a front face of the sonotrode and the electrode sheet is less than or equal to 2 cm; and ultrasonically treating the electrode sheet, using the sonotrode, with a power density at the sonotrode front face greater than or equal to 50 W/cm2. An electrode material delaminating apparatus for performing the method is also disclosed 
IP Reference PCT/GB2021/050185 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2021
Licensed No
Impact Fully filed in Jan 2021
 
Title FIRG007 - SOLID-STATE CONDUCTOR MATERIALS 
Description A solid crystalline material of formula (I): AzDY4Xx, wherein each A is independently selected from Li, Na, K and Mg; D is selected from Si, Al, P, B, Ga, Ge, S, Mo, W, V, Sn, Sb, Nb and Ta, or a mixture thereof; each Y is independently selected from O, S, F, Cl, Br or a mixture thereof; each X is independently selected from F, Cl, Br, I, O, S, BH4 or a mixture thereof; z is from 2 to 8; and x is from 1 to 3. The solid crystalline material suitably provides a solid ionic conductor for use in a solid-state battery. A mixed solid crystalline material comprising the solid crystalline material, a solid-state battery comprising the solid crystalline material and a method of preparing the solid crystalline are also disclosed. 
IP Reference WO2021234416 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2021
Licensed No
Impact Commercial partners are being investigated. Further IP has resulted from this initial application
 
Title FIRG013 - Liquid phase TEM 
Description It is one aim of the present invention, amongst others, to provide a method of characterizing a liquid exposed to ionizing radiation which at least partially obviates or mitigates at least some of the disadvantages of the prior art, whether identified herein or elsewhere. For instance, it is an aim of embodiments of the invention to provide a method of characterizing a liquid exposed to ionizing radiation that provides qualitative and/or quantitative information relating to radiolysis of the liquid. A first aspect provides a method of characterizing a liquid exposed to ionizing radiation, the method comprising: including an oxidizing agent and/or a reducing agent of a redox pair in the liquid, thereby providing a corresponding redox couple; determining a first redox potential due, at least in part, to the redox couple while exposing the liquid to the ionizing radiation. A second aspect provides a liquid-phase TEM cell comprising an oxidizing agent and/or a reducing agent of a redox pair for contacting with a liquid receivable therein. A third aspect provides use of quinone/hydroquinone for in situ pH calculation of a liquid during liquid-phase TEM thereof. 
IP Reference GB2102420.3 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2021
Licensed No
Impact This patent is the describes a method that allows for qualification the pH change in micro fluidic systems as function of ionazing radiation x-rays, electrons etc. at the nanoscale. We are in the process of finalising the manuscript and having extensive conversation with companies regarding the licensing this method to the TEM/SEM and x-ray community.
 
Title FIRG015 - Electrode design methodology 
Description The present disclosure relates to graded electrodes for an electric battery cell, and to methods of designing and manufacturing such electrodes 
IP Reference GB2012487.1 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2020
Licensed No
Impact Discussions with potentially licensees ongoing
 
Title FIRG001 - Free Software based on Matlab to extract half cell impedance data from full cell and enable circuit fitting models 
Description Software was developed to enable researchers to extract half cell Impudence data (anode and cathode) from full battery impedance data. It also allows for circuit fitting for each half cell using standard circuit elements to cover charge and mass transport as well as double layer and ionic and electronic resistances. The Software uses a range of global optimisation algorithms to achieve best parameter fittings. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Currently the software is in valiadation and testing stage 
 
Title FIRG001 - STDR and SSTDR 
Description A new technical product has been designed, build and tested. The new hardware uses a fundamental different approach in detecting degradation. Common detection methods are energy-based methods whereas the new hardware is information-based. 
Type Of Technology Detection Devices 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The hardware can be embedded within existing battery management systems and as such has the potential to produce impact. 
 
Title FIRG003 - A Python Package to Preprocess the Data Produced by Novonix High-Precision Battery-Testers 
Description We present preparenovonix, a Python package that handles common issues encountered in data files generated with a range of software versions from the Novonix battery-testers.1 This package can also add extra information that makes easier coulombic counting and relating a measurement to the experimental protocol. The package provides a master function that can run at once the cleaning and adding derived information, with flexibility to choose only some features. There is a separate function to simply read a column by its given name. The usage of all the functions is documented in the code including examples. The code presented here can be installed either as a python package2 or from a GitHub repository 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This software helps all battery researchers who make use of Novonix High-precision battery cyclers. 
 
Title FIRG003 - DandeLiion 
Description DandeLiion is a robust and extremely fast solver for the Doyle Fuller Newman (DFN) model, the standard electrochemical model for (dis)charge of a planar lithium-ion cell. DandeLiion conserves lithium, uses a second-order spatial discretisation method (enabling accurate computations using relatively coarse discretisations) and is hundreds, to many thousands, of times faster than its commercial competitors. It can be used in the 'cloud' and does not require installation before use. Its linear scaling property means that the disparity in performance is even more pronounced for bigger systems, making it particularly suitable for thermally coupled simulations of pouch/cylindrical cells. Currently the basic functionality of DandeLiion is available via a cloud service at http://www.dandeliion.com but more advanced features that have been developed, such as thermally coupled 3-d simulation tools for pouch cells, design tools and an implementation of an energy conservation law will be released behind a pay wall. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact While the basic features of DandeLiion are free to use its more advanced features are being developed as a commercial product. The DandeLiion software forms part of the Common Modelling Framework of the Multiscale Modelling Faraday FastStart Project and is currently being used by members of that group. 
URL http://www.dandeliion.com
 
Title FIRG003 - PyBaMM 
Description PyBaMM (Python Battery Mathematical Modelling) solves physics-based electrochemical DAE models by using state-of-the-art automatic differentiation and numerical solvers. The Doyle-Fuller-Newman model can be solved in under 0.1 seconds, while the reduced-order Single Particle Model and Single Particle Model with electrolyte can be solved in just a few milliseconds. Additional physics can easily be included such as thermal effects, fast particle diffusion, 3D effects, and more. All models are implemented in a flexible manner, and a wide range of models and parameter sets (NCA, NMC, LiCoO2, ...) are available. There is also functionality to simulate any set of experimental instructions, such as CCCV or GITT, or specify drive cycles. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software forms part of the Common Modelling Framework of the Multiscale Modelling Faraday FastStart Project, and is used at the moment primarily by members of that group. 
URL https://www.pybamm.org/
 
Title FIRG003 - PyBaMM 
Description PyBaMM (Python Battery Mathematical Modelling) solves physics-based electrochemical differential-algebraic equation models by using state-of-the-art automatic differentiation and numerical solvers. It is a fast flexible framework for creating and solving battery models. Its modular structure allows reuse of existing sub-models. Many standard models are already implemented, and can be used off-the-shelf. There is also functionality to simulate any set of experimental instructions, such as CCCV or GITT, or specify drive cycles. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software forms part of the Common Modelling Framework of the Multiscale Modelling Faraday FastStart Project, and is used at the moment primarily by members of that group. 
URL https://github.com/pybamm-team/PyBaMM
 
Title FIRG003 - The ONETEP linear-scaling density functional theory program 
Description Our developments for methods for electrochemistry simulations using large scale quantum mechanical calculations in the ONETEP program as part of the Faraday Institution Multiscale Modelling project. This is the first time when quantum atomistic simulations at a large-scale (hence the ONETEP program for linear-scaling simulations of complex systems) have been coupled with an electrochemical environment such as electrolyte and potential control in order to charge electrodes. These developments provide a unique new platform for electrochemistry simulations (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysis). Our developments are made available to commercial users of the ONETEP code which is marketed by BIOVIA/Dassault systemes. ONETEP is available to academic users free of charge, as an open source software. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact These developments provide a unique new platform for electrochemistry simulations (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, electrocatalysis). We are completing a high impact application paper on these developments with simulations which allow us to determine the conditions under which Li deposition happens on the anodes of Li-ion batteries, which is a known degradation pathway, which will allow in the future the development of batteries with extended lifetime. 
URL http://www.onetep.org
 
Title FIRG003 - crystal_torture 
Description crystal-torture provides a Python API for interrogating site connectivity and diffusion pathways in partially blocked crystal structures. An interface is provided for parsing pymatgen Structure objects (Ong et al., 2013) as inputs, which are used to construct network graphs of connected sites. These graphs can be interogated to identify sets of sites forming connected clusters, which can be converted to pymatgen Structure objects for visualisation or further processing. crystal-torture can identify which clusters are periodic along one of more lattice directions, thereby identifying the clusters that form percolating networks. For each cluster, the microscopic tortuosity can be calculated, using a breadth-first-search algorithm. For each site in a periodic cluster, this finds the shortest periodic pathway to that site's periodic image. The number of nodes visited along this pathway is used to calculate the microscopic tortuosity. The code also includes routines for introducing varying proportions of blocked sites into a parent crystal structure, which allows automated analysis of how site connectivity and microscopic tortuosity varies with stoichiometry, for example under varying concentrations of dopant atoms. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This software is now being used in our ongoing research. There are no published results or notable impacts to date. 
URL https://github.com/connorourke/crystal_torture
 
Title FIRG028 - SafeBatt Website 
Description This is the project website 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The project has been contacted by several external parties, showing interest in the project 
URL https://www.safebatt.ac.uk/
 
Company Name NYOBOLT LIMITED 
Description Company is based on an anode material developed in Prof. Grey's laboratory which paired with a suitable cathode enables fast charging. The company develops batteries for fast charging to power small power electronics, robots and ultimately electric vehicles. It has employees in Cambridge UK, Boston US and worldwide 
Year Established 2019 
Impact The company raised 10million in its series A round last year and is just completing a series B round.
 
Company Name NYOBOLT LIMITED 
Description Company is based on an anode material developed in Prof. Grey's laboratory which paired with a suitable cathode enables fast charging. The company develops batteries for fast charging to power small power electronics, robots and ultimately electric vehicles. It has employees in Cambridge UK, Boston US and worldwide 
Year Established 2019 
Impact The company raised 10million in its series A round last year and is just completing a series B round.
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Chemistry Department, University of Sheffield, January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk, Chemistry Department, University of Sheffield, January
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - "Design of Advanced Materials?" Summer School of the IMPRS & MPI-UBC-UTokyo Centre, Design and Synthesis of Quantum materials, September 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • "Design of Advanced Materials?" Summer School of the IMPRS & MPI-UBC-UTokyo Centre, Design and Synthesis of Quantum materials, September 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - "Design of Advanced Materials?", ESS-ILL user meeting 2020 | Topical Workshop on Chemistry and Magnetism, October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • "Design of Advanced Materials?", ESS-ILL user meeting 2020 | Topical Workshop on Chemistry and Magnetism, October 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - "Digital Routes to Functional Materials", BP-ICAM Webinar Series, November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • "Digital Routes to Functional Materials", BP-ICAM Webinar Series, November 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - "Taller tecnico NMR" Workshop to the Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), on the use of NMR spectroscopy in battery science (2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Taller tecnico NMR" Workshop to the Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), on the use of NMR spectroscopy in battery science (2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - "The Howard Flack Crystallographic lecture Series: Design of Advanced materials?", November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • "The Howard Flack Crystallographic lecture Series: Design of Advanced materials?", PSI, Villigen / CSEM, Neuchâtel / Uni Fribourg / EPFL, Lausanne / Empa, Dübendorf (ZH), November 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - (Online) 7th International Workshop on Lithium, Industrial Minerals and Energy, November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact (Online) 2020 International Workshop on Lithium, Industrial Minerals and Energy, November
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - BBC Radio 4 Inside Science discussing battery research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 Inside Science discussing battery research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000pqdk
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - California Institute of Technology, December 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk, California Institute of Technology, December 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Chair of IoT Meeting, 12 April, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Chair of the CAM-IES Industry Workshop on Energy Harvesting for Sensors and IoT, held at Trinity College, Cambridge on 12 April 2018. Talks were given by speakers from ARM, CDT, Perpetuum, Lightricity, wordl-leading companies in IoT and energy harvesting. The workshop was to bring industry and academic researchers together to agree on metrics, performance targets, and how to bring basic research into downstream product development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cam-ies-industry-workshop-on-energy-harvesting-tickets-40779069294
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Chair of student and early career scientist event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Chaired a day of non-technical presentations of research work and impact by early career scientists at "CAM-IES Science Day"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Chair, Cross cutting Theme 1: Materials research and discovery of new materials, FI Annual Conference and Expert Panel Review, November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact • Chair, Cross cutting Theme 1: Materials research and discovery of new materials, FI Annual Conference and Expert Panel Review, November 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Chemistry a European Journal - 25th Birthday Celebration Webinar, August 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk, Chemistry a European Journal - 25th Birthday Celebration Webinar, August 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Conference Presentation of 'Electrochemomechanics of space-charge layers in LLZO near lithium metal' at MRS Spring Meeting April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Guanchen Li, Charles W. Monroe, "Electrochemomechanics of space-charge layers in LLZO near lithium metal", MRS Spring Meeting, April 2 - April 6, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Presented in Symposium: EN01: Solid-Solid Interfaces in Batteries, Energy Storage and Conversion-Diagnostic and Modelling. Sparked questions and discussions after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Conference Presentation on "Electrochemomechanics in Doped Garnet Lithium-Ion Conductors", 233rd ECS Meeting, May 13-17, 2018, Seattle, WA, US. (presented on May 13) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Guanchen Li, Charles W. Monroe, "Electrochemomechanics in Doped Garnet Lithium-Ion Conductors", 233rd ECS Meeting, May 13-17, 2018, Seattle, WA, US. (presented on May 13) - lead to interesting discussions with peers following the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Conference Presentation on "Modelling Space Charging in Multi-carrier Solid Electrolytes", ModVal 2018, April 12-13, 2018, Aarau, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Guanchen Li, Charles W. Monroe, "Modelling Space Charging in Multi-carrier Solid Electrolytes", ModVal 2018, April 12-13, 2018, Aarau, Switzerland. (presented on April 12). Following presentation, a number of questions and interesting discussions were had in the related subject area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Discussion Meeting (Royal Society) on energy materials 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk and discussion session on "Energy materials for a low carbon future", held at the Royal Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/09/low-carbon-future/
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Discussion at UK Redox Flow Network Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion panel at second annual UK Redox Flow Battery Network Meeting, where the research community explored challenges in the field and methods for collaboration to overcome such challenges, increase visibility of the research field, attract further funding, generate commercial ventures etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sites.google.com/view/ukrfbnetwork/home
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - ECS Montreal Student Chapter Virtual Meeting, June 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk, ECS Montreal Student Chapter Virtual Meeting, June
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - Euromar, Richard Ernst Prize Talk, December 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Euromar, Richard Ernst Prize Talk, December 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: Discussion at APC, Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact WMG approached by APC at Warwick to participate in discussions for a cathode materials production facility in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: ElChemRoutes 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Paul Shearing, UCL attended ElChemRoutes 2018 in Bangalore, India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: Electrochemisty Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Nuria Garcia-Araez, University of Southampton:
Participation in the electrochemistry summer school, communicating the importance of battery materials to a range of researchers who are learning electrochemistry, participation in FI project meetings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: Faraday Institution 3-day Battery School event (November 2018 for FI senior management team) has initiated collaboration to devise a future Battery Characterisation School at Harwell 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Faraday Institution 3-day Battery School event (November 2018 for FI senior management team) has initiated collaboration to devise a future Battery Characterisation School at Harwell. A further three battery schools for students and industry based researchers organised for Feb - March 2019. Lectures arranged to include outputs from Battery Degradation projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: MRS Fall Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Paul Shearing, UCL attended the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: NowNANO CDT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Robert Weatherup, University of Manchester:
Presentation to NowNANO CDT about our battery research at synchrotron facilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: UK Surface Analysis Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UKSAF (UK Surface Analysis Forum) event centred on Energy (Jan 2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG: UKSR50 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Robert Weatherup, University of Manchester:
Invited to present at UKSR50 conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-DEG:Battery Journal Club, Harwell Campus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Robert Weatherup, University of Manchester:
Establishment and involvement with Battery journal club on Harwell campus
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-MSM: Hosted Visit: Prof. Scott Moura (Berkeley) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted wo-days visit (4-5/6/18) of  Prof. Scott Moura (Berkeley), including his talk on "Identification and Control of PDE Battery Electrochemistry Models", followed by meetings with Prof. David Howey Group and Prof. Collin Please's Group. 
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-MSM: Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two days (18-19/03/19) Symposium about  Electrochemical-based Battery Modeling. Researchers in academia and industry will discuss their latest findings through talks and poster sessions. Keynote speaker: prof. John Newman. http://batterymodel.ox.ac.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Battery and Energy Storage 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participation in Workshop Panel Tony Hartwell
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Creative Upcycling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production, London, Heidrich
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: European Commission Convention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Simon Lambert represented the FBC and delivered a talk at the European Commission Convention in Vienna in Oct 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Faraday Battery Challenge, Cohort Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact ReLib presentation by Tony Hartwell
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: International discussion on Lithium-ion Battery Recycling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Organised by National Renewable Energy Lab, US Department of Energy and Argonne Natonal Labs- attended by Gavin Harper Paul Anderson in May 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Interview on News Channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To share information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgfveWNOdRQ
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: New Statesman 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article by ReLiB in Newstatesman
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/energy/2018/05/why-critical-materials-are-exactly
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Prof. Allan Hutchinson delivered talk at Oxford EV Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Allan Hutchinson delivered talk at Oxford EV Summit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2KHnPvnX0Y
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: STFC Batteries Annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Nigel Browning and Dr Phoebe Allan delivered talks at the STFC Batteries Annual Meeting in Dec 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mr Tony Hartwell delivered workshops at a summer school in the Netherlands on Sustainable + Critical Materials in Oct 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Sustainable Homes & Communities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Peter Slater delivered a talk in Birmingham in Nov 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Urban climate change strategies, infrastructures and business opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Poster at Gordon Research conference Switzerland, Heidfrich
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Vehicle Recycling Conference Munich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Well presented on The future of End-Of-Life vehicles in the new automobility era.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EP/S003053/1 - FS-REL: Vehicle Recycling International Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation