UK collaborators move next generation batteries to next level

11 October 2021 | Muriel Cozier

‘There is growing demand for advanced cells with higher power capabilities to support the transition to a net-zero future…’

Four organisations collaborating under the Cathode and Anode Supply Chain for Advanced DEmonstrator (Project CASCADE) have received a grant in the latest round of the Faraday Battery Challenge.

Johnson Matthey, Echion Technologies, Britishvolt and University College London (UCL) are collaborating to develop a ‘next-generation, ultra-high power and fast-charging battery materials system’ for automotive applications. This will use cathode and anode technology from Johnson Matthey and Echion Technologies. This latest development follows on from a project between the two companies which has established the ‘commercial potential and roadmap’ for the proposed technology system.

Dr James Cookson, Research Manager at Johnson Matthey commented: ‘There is a growing demand for advanced cells with high power capabilities to support the transition to a net-zero future. To meet these ambitions, it is important we customise the materials inside the cell to work together optimally.’

Project CASCADE will demonstrate technology in commercial-format battery cells, which will be tested by Britishvolt. The company will also assess the potential for giga-scale production. Analysis of the data from the tests, along with modelling, will be carried out by the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab. The results will be used to facilitate business development and accelerate market entry. In addition, Johnson Matthey will develop strategies for recycling and understanding the system’s carbon footprint.

The Faraday Battery Challenge is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Project CASCADE, which started in August 2021, will run for 12 months.

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