UK businesses and research organisations can apply for funding. This will establish a National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility as part of the Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Advanced Propulsion Centre in partnership with Innovate UK
Award: A share of around £40m
Opens: 25th Jul 2017
Closes: 14th Sep 2017
As part of the Government’s Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Advanced Propulsion Centre are working in partnership with Innovate UK. This is to establish a UK Battery Manufacturing and Development Facility funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. The facility will establish and maintain a leading position in manufacturing technologies for batteries and their components.
The Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is looking to co-fund to a single bid. This will be to design, create and operate a battery facility in the UK. This facility must be able to develop next generation manufacturing solutions for cell and module formats that can be proven in high volume, (equivalent to 1 GWh/annum).
This turnkey facility will be internationally recognised as a world leader in the development of battery manufacturing technologies.
The facility will support scale-up activity for automotive batteries. It will be a national open access, flexible prototyping and pilot production facility for cell and module manufacture. The facility will be equipped similarly to a full production factory, but with greater flexibility to product and process.
It is expected this facility will be used by government supported and privately funded research and development (R&D) projects as part of a complete UK battery R&D ecosystem.
The facility will be used to develop the manufacturing tools and methods required for mass production. It will demonstrate that they can be run at the required rate of production, in a robust and reliable manner, meeting product quality targets.
It is expected projects that use the facility will then progress to industry investment in commercial battery facilities in the UK.
It must also:
Consideration should be given to product and manufacturing processes that are compatible with end of life reuse and re-cycling (but the re-cycling of batteries is not within the scope of this facility).
Specific competition themes
The facility should include the following manufacture stages:
To lead a project you must:
Funding and project details
The £246 million Faraday Challenge Fund is divided by Research, Innovation and Scale Up. The successful bidder will receive a share of the allocation for Scale Up. As this is an industrial scale facility, it is anticipated that project costs will be in excess of £40 million.
The Faraday Challenge will co-fund a single successful project. The Advanced Propulsion Centre is leading on this aspect of the Faraday Challenge in partnership with Innovate UK. The winning application must demonstrate that it has wide ranging cross-sector support for its proposal from:
Key funding criteria:
The amount of grant funding you request should be the minimum amount you need for the project to proceed.
Priority will be given to proposals that: