Faraday Battery Challenge webinar series
Posted on 03/07/2020
The UK has a thriving battery innovation and development ecosystem. This webinar series includes talks representing each of the three strands of the Challenge – research delivered by the Faraday Institution, collaborative R&D programmes managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and scale-up by the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.
They will explore the issues around growing a battery business across sectors in the UK, update the audience on what the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre – due to open this year – will offer and investigate whether lithium-sulfur batteries will be a game-changer.
The series is a must-listen not just for those working in the battery sector, but those involved with industrial products that use batteries, for example, manufacturing, transport, energy, aerospace and defence.
16 July, 14:00 – growing a UK battery business across sectors
The first webinar is hosted by Jacqui Murray of Faraday Battery Challenge and UKRI and features Nick Russel, MD of Denchi Group. Nick will talk about his experiences growing a UK battery business and will also consider if UK battery start-ups and SMEs are growing fast enough to keep the UK ahead in the race to electrification and what impact they are having on big players in automotive, aerospace and elsewhere.
21 July, 11:00 – an update on the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre
The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) is going to be open for business later this year and in this webinar, hosted by Anna Ritchley from UKBIC, the centre’s Managing Director, Jeff Pratt, will provide an update on progress and why scale-up is key to fast-tracking the development of cost-effective, high-performance, durable, safe, low-weight and recyclable batteries.
The £129m facility – the only one of its type in the world – will be used by companies and organisations with a promising new battery technology or design that they want to scale-up and will support the growth of electric vehicles and fast-track battery technology for use in rail, aerospace, industrial equipment, automotive, off-highway and static energy storage.
30 July, 14:00 – lithium-sulfur batteries: a game-changer?
July’s final webinar will be hosted by Ian Ellerington of the Faraday Institution and will feature Professor Paul Shearing of UCL and Principal Investigator of the Faraday Institution’s LiSTAR project.
Lithium-sulfur batteries have the potential to be a cheaper, lighter weight, safer alternative to lithium-ion. But significant research challenges must be overcome before the technology could be deployed successfully at scale. If this is achieved the electrification of industries such as drones, satellites, defence, in which saving weight is a key factor, could be unlocked.
Paul will outline what is state-of-the-art Li-S technology now and will share his views on how and when it could emerge from labs, enabling these emergent markets and potentially impact the electrification of road transport in the longer term.
All the webinars can be booked via this link.