Start-up UK research centre focuses on battery tech

March 22, 2016

A new energy innovation centre, the largest of its kind in Europe, aims to advance the next generation of battery technology.

The newly opened centre at the UK’s University of Warwick is focusing on the development of new battery chemistries, from concept to fully proven automotive batteries for industrial-scale testing.

Initial research programmes will be focused on cheaper, safer batteries with more power per unit volume. However, over time the research will extend to other technologies such as fuel cells, ultra-capacitors and inductive charging.

The University of Warwick’s energy innovation centre: research will focus on improved battery costs, safety and power
The University of Warwick’s energy innovation centre: research will focus on improved battery costs, safety and power

Researching technical know-how in the three key areas of energy storage, energy management, and complex electrical systems, the £50 million energy innovation centre includes a £13 million battery materials scale-up pilot line. It is one of seven R&D centres on the University of Warwick campus.

The centre also includes a battery characterisation laboratory, “aggressive testing” chambers and an electric/hybrid drives test facility.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, the academic department behind the centre, said: “Electric and hybrid vehicles are the future of automotive and WMG is at the forefront of this research.”

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