27 November 2023
The Faraday Battery Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, has awarded the High Value Manufacturing Catapult £12m to deliver a battery materials scale up facility through its centres CPI and WMG.
The Faraday Battery Challenge (FBC) is enhancing battery scale-up support in the UK with a new facility that will give companies access to state-of-the-art materials synthesis and processing equipment. The funding is part of a co-investment strategy between the FBC and the HVM Catapult, aligned to a common strategic vision for the UK battery scale up ecosystem in order to support the development of a battery supply chain in the UK.
The next generation of battery technologies are critical to the green energy transition and a major opportunity for UK manufacturing.
The Advanced Materials Battery Industrialisation Centre (AMBIC), which will be delivered by the HVM Catapult, will provide innovation capability for the synthesis and processing of immediate and next generation battery materials. It adds to the growing open-access scale up capability being delivered by the FBC which includes the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and it’s new £36m Flexible Industrialisation Line.
The £12m facility will be delivered by CPI and WMG, two of HVM Catapult’s seven centres of innovation. CPI’s expertise in chemicals processing and WMG’s cell development capabilities will be brought together to allow companies and researchers to scale their innovations from the laboratory to commercially relevant scale and enable “powder to cell” support.
Through the Faraday Battery Challenge’s £12m investment in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult we will establish a truly world-class facility
AMBIC will help deliver the UK’s ambitions in battery materials by:
Katherine Bennett, CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, said: “The next generation of battery technologies are critical to the green energy transition and a major opportunity for UK manufacturing. Realising that potential will require combining our collective expertise and this investment from the Faraday Battery Challenge is a brilliant example of that in action. In CPI and WMG, the Advanced Materials Battery Industrialisation Centre has two centres that are at the very forefront of chemical processing and battery cell development; together they can turbo charge battery materials scale-up.”
Thomas Bartlett, Challenge Deputy Director for the Faraday Battery Challenge, said: “AMBIC will bring together two emerging regions of battery innovation and manufacturing; the North-East and Midlands, under one facility to de-risk and accelerate battery materials scale up in the UK. Through the Faraday Battery Challenge’s £12m investment in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult we will establish a truly world-class facility to support the growth of a battery materials supply chain. With AMBIC and previous investments in UKBIC and the wider ecosystem, the UK will now be in a position to support businesses from “powder to pack” and from lab to commercial scales.”
Frank Millar, Chief Executive at CPI, said: “The Advanced Materials Batteries Industrialisation Centre will enhance the UK’s existing competitive advantages in batteries technology, and it stands to become a catalyst for the UK to address some of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. By giving innovators the opportunity to harness our expertise we can tackle issues such as climate change, while growing a sector that will be vital to the future of the economy.”
Professor David Greenwood, CEO of the WMG High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre, said: “Cathode and anode active materials make up more than 50% of the value of an automotive battery cell. For the UK to take its great academic research into production, and to capture the billions of pounds of resulting economic value in the UK, we need facilities which allow the UK to scale up and fully evaluate new materials. This investment, alongside the combined skillsets of CPI and WMG will provide that capability for the UK.
Companies working on innovative batteries solutions, are invited to get in touch to find out how they can benefit from the new Centre, please email Keri.Goodwin@uk-cpi.com