High energy battery co Addionics awarded Innovate UK funding

Publication Date25 Aug 2021
AuthorGlobes correspondent
The company, which is developing innovative technology to achieve improvements in lithium-ion battery cell performance and manufacturing processes by focusing on the structure and architecture of the main component of the battery called the 'current collector,' has been awarded funding from Innovate UK. The funding will be used to lead a project in which next-generation batteries for electric vehicles will be developed using smart 3D electrodes, which will achieve 2x higher accessible capacity, 50% faster charging time and 150% longer lifetime.

The project is good news for the bustling vehicle industry. Like other western countries that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the UK is striving to achieve 'carbon neutrality' by 2050. In order to reach this goal, the UK aims to ban combustible engine sales by 2030. However, alongside declarations and good intentions, much research has found that drivers are in no hurry to switch from combustible engines to electric vehicles. In particular, this is due to various concerns about batteries -including the high cost, long charging times, the lifetime of the battery, and the restricted travel range. This has brought about the urgent need to find the most innovative solutions that can cope with these issues and demonstrate technical superiority in the global EV market.

In order to cope with the competitive and technological climate change challenge, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched the Faraday Battery Challenge (named after the English physicist and chemist who invented the first dynamo - electric motor). As part of the challenge, UKRI has called for companies in the battery development sector to submit applications for project funding to develop batteries that offer better performance. As part of this endeavor, the award of £10 million to the 17 most innovative end projects was recently announced.

The proposal submitted by Addionics is called STELLAR (Smart Three-Dimensional ELectrode Lithium-Ion with Automated Robotics batteries) and will now receive funding, which will be conducted in cooperation with: the UK's Center of Process Innovation (CPI), a leading independent technology innovation center that is helping companies to develop, prove and commercialize next generation products and processes; and the University of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) - an academic department which leads joint ventures in scientific, technological and engineering fields between academia and the public and...

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