Industry Sprints dedicate small multidisciplinary teams of researchers to solve a commercially relevant research opportunity identified from within the research programme and prioritised by an industrial partner. Over a period of 6 to 18 months, researchers work closely on the challenge, meeting frequently to review progress and hone plans.

Sprints give early career researchers an opportunity to lead a focused team across multiple institutions, and to connect with leaders from industry and academia.

Application closing dates are January 31st, April 30th, July 31st and October 31st of each year.

Introducing Our Sprint Projects

Understanding safety for next generation battery technologies

The University of Oxford, UCL and Ilika will establish thought leadership in safety protocols for next-generation batteries and undertake physical safety testing on prototype solid-state cells, to inform industrial design and deployment.

Niobium oxide recycling and development of industrial capabilities (NORDIC)

The University of Birmingham is evaluating hydrometallurgical and direct recycling routes for Echion’s mixed niobium-oxide anode active materials (XNO®) to determine the most feasible option to deliver a high-quality recycled product.

Microstructural design of LMFP cathodes through machine learning assisted manufacturing optimisation

WMG, University of Warwick, will utilise Polaron’s AI optimisation algorithm to design enhanced LMFP electrodes to improve cell performance.

NextCell – Next Generation Cell Design

Adopting a systems-engineering methodology to the challenges of cell design, manufacturability, and through-life sustainability.

High Voltage Oxide Cathodes for Sodium-ion Batteries

Exploiting recent advances in the understanding of oxygen redox chemistry to develop new positive electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

High Voltage Redox Flow Batteries for Demanding Applications

Advancing flow battery technology to permit stable battery operation in air, increasing system robustness and capacity and potentially reducing energy costs.

Accelerating Commercialisation of New Scalable and Sustainable Manufacturing Methods for Silicon Anodes

Accelerating the Commercialisation of a Scalable, Sustainable Method for Manufacturing Porous Silicon for use in Graphite Anodes

Xerode – Dry Printing Technology Accelerator

Xerode aims to overcome current limitations of state-of-the-art slurry-based electrode manufacturing processes by investigating the technical feasibility of a completely dry coating technique.

ZeST – Li-ion Conducting Fibre for Composite Solid-state Electrolytes

Thermal Ceramics UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Morgan Advanced Materials, will work with the novel glass group at Southampton University to develop a process to manufacture specialist lithium-ion conducting fibres of a new composition to a tight tolerance with high yield.

ELMASS - Screening of Electrode Manufacturing for All-Solid-State Batteries

WMG, University of Warwick, Johnson Matthey, and Jaguar Land Rover are working together on an Industry Sprint to unlock a path to scale up the type of solid-state batteries being investigated by SOLBAT.

Supported Thin Films for Oxide Electrolytes

Researchers at the University of St Andrews are working with Morgan Advanced Materials, in collaboration with Ilika, to develop and optimise the process of making supported thin, dense films for use as electrolytes for solid state batteries. Photo courtesy of Ilika.

Materials For Thermal Transfer

This sprint is looking at the development of nanomaterials composites, phase change materials and functional scaffold materials to optimise thermal control of a battery pack with the aim of informing module manufacturing and optimising performance and longevity.

Completed Sprint Projects

TOPBAT – Optimising Pack Design for Thermal Management

Imperial College London researchers, in collaboration with AMTE Power, looked to optimise pack design for thermal management and demonstrate the current practice of optimising cell design largely around energy density is suboptimal for pack energy density, cost and lifetime.

Off Gases And Detonation Behaviour

By combining multiple techniques to describe the mechanism of failure, gases produced during an event, energy/mass released, and any geometric changes, models were built that will enable faster, more efficient pack development processes.

VIPER - Validated and Integrated Platform for Battery Remaining Useful Life

This sprint follows on from COBRA - a Faraday Battery Challenge collaborative R&D project. It accelerated the development of a working prototype of a prediction system for remaining useful life of lithium-ion batteries.

Cell Degradation

In Phase 2 of this Sprint, forensic characterisation was performed to determine the root causes of the specific degradation mechanisms that drive the unexpected capacity loss in select battery chemistries

Developing Commercially Viable Quasi Solid-state Lithium-sulfur Cells

This Sprint project focused on the development of quasi-solid-state Li-S batteries that have the potential to significantly enhance the number of times Li-S batteries can be charged before they reach end of life, the energy they can store per unit volume and the temperature range over which they can operate.

Growing Links Between Academia and Industry

The Faraday Institution welcomes approaches at any time by industry organisations that would like to get involved with our research projects, be it one of our main lithium-ion or beyond lithium-ion projects or to propose an industry sprint.

Also, read more about our Industry Fellowships