A consortium led by Williams Advanced Engineering, which includes Codeplay, has been chosen by the UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge (FBC) to further develop innovative lithium-ion battery systems for vehicles.
The consortium seeks to research and deliver higher power, higher energy batteries using fewer cells that last longer and charge more quickly than current technology. The FBC is a £246 million commitment over the next four years, from the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to develop cost-effective, high-performance, durable, safe, low-weight and recyclable batteries.
The research into these batteries is intended to boost the UK electric automotive industry.
Such advanced batteries would enable electric vehicles a much greater range, a key challenge for future sustainable mobility. Hybrid batteries have the potential to deliver higher power and energy in a lighter product than lithium-ion alone.
If the project successfully delivers the anticipated hybrid battery system, it will help to extend the UK’s leadership in electric vehicles. The project has the potential to positively impact the UK’s economy and the global environment, which will benefit from reduced carbon emissions.
Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “The team at Williams Advanced Engineering and our consortium partners welcome the award from the Faraday Battery Challenge to enable our project that aims to help secure the UK’s position in the vanguard of the global electric vehicle revolution.
“The consortium’s goal is to deliver batteries using fewer cells while delivering more energy and power, plus faster charge times and greater life than is available from today’s competing technologies.”
Tech Companies and Academia to Collaborate
Working collaboratively, the Consortium and Imperial College London, will attempt to deliver:
- A revolutionary Battery Management System based on a completely new control method delivering better control and fidelity incorporating high-power processing capabilities.
- A hybrid battery module design, modelling and control technology.
- Unique carbon ion supercapacitor technology.
- New developments in cell modelling with the highest possible fidelity to real life situations.
- An accelerated and adaptive computing platform allowing more precise analysis and delivering greater performance in model adaptation, alongside the application of artificial intelligence within the battery.
- An end to end platform delivering whole life tracking of battery condition and status.
Codeplay to Contribute AI Expertise
Imperial College London, Zap & Go and PowerOasis who are also part of the consortium will, pending final discussions by the consortium and sign-off of the project, contribute their own areas of expertise to the project as follows:
- Williams Advanced Engineering will develop a new Battery Management System platform and integrate technologies and the project streams into the final hybrid battery product.
- The project will leverage the work being done by Imperial with the Faraday fast start programme in cell and battery modelling.
- Codeplay will provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to allow greater performance in model adaptation by helping run multiple models in parallel.
- PowerOasis will deliver communications technology that will allow the tracking of fleets of batteries and increased second life value.
- Zap & Go will deliver a new type of supercapacitor delivering high energy and power levels with significantly longer life.
Andrew Richards, the CEO of Codeplay, told DIGIT: “This is a very exciting project for Codeplay. We will be working with world-leaders on really important technology for all of our futures. Switching to clean battery technology is essential for our environment, so working with people taking these innovations to the extremes of performance is both challenging and rewarding.”