Innovate UK, the former Technology Strategy Board, has handed out grants worth a total of £22 million to 12 battery research and development projects.

The funding came from the Faraday Battery Challenge, part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research & Innovation, the parent organisation for the research council funding bodies, said: “Through advanced battery technology, we will unlock a new generation of electric vehicles, further improving vehicle performance and uptake, opening doors to innovative new transport ideas and significantly reducing environmental impacts.

“Today’s investment shows we are catalysing collaboration between research teams and commercial partners across the UK to make this a reality.”

25-minute charging

Projects that have won support include “PowerDrive Line”, which is led by Southampton-based Ilika and which aims to developing technology that can charge an electric car’s battery in just 25 minutes.

Ilika’s project – which also involves Honda, Ricardo, the Centre for Process Innovation and University College London – was awarded £4.4m.

A grant for £2.5m was given to a project led by IconiChem in Widnes to create an industrial-scale battery recycling process, with support from Jaguar Landrover.

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