Consortium to develop solid-state battery technology

Article by Amanda Doyle

SEVEN UK-based organisations including Johnson Matthey have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop prototype solid-state battery technology for automotive applications.

The MoU was signed between Johnson Matthey, Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, Oxford University, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Emerson & Renwick, and the University of Warwick. The collaboration aims to utilise the UK academic capability to produce scalable manufacturing techniques for solid-state batteries. These batteries have an advantage over lithium-ion batteries as they can hold more charge for a given volume and have reduced safety costs. According to the Faraday Institution, which is leading the consortium, solid-state batteries are expected to be deployed in consumer electronics before electric vehicles, and will likely have a 4% share of the EV battery market by 2030.

A preliminary design for a prototyping facility is being developed and the collaboration are currently looking into funding opportunities.

Pam Thomas, CEO of Faraday Institution, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the formation of this unique consortium for the advancement of solid-state battery prototyping that includes leading UK-based organisations at many stages in the value chain. Our leadership in this venture signals a move towards a role that the Faraday Institution will increasingly play as a trusted convener of significant partnerships between UK industry and academia as a route to commercialise breakthrough science emerging from our research programmes to maximise UK economic value.”

Christian Gunther, CEO, Battery Materials at Johnson Matthey, said: “The realisation of a prototype solid-state battery cell will be a great achievement for the UK battery industry, and this consortium will be a critical enabler for delivering this milestone. Delivering enhanced range and safety over traditional lithium-ion battery technologies will be a key driver for battery electric vehicle adoption, supporting the transition to a net zero future.”

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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