About The Faraday Institution

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market analysis, and early-stage commercialisation. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, the Faraday Institution endeavours to make the UK the go-to place for the research and development of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and wider relevant sectors. Headquartered at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, the Faraday Institution is a registered charity with an independent board of trustees. It is a delivery partner for the Faraday Battery Challenge.

Our Approach

The organisation was established in September 2017 as the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, skills development, market analysis, and early-stage commercialisation. It brings together research scientists and industry partners on projects with commercial potential that will reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; improve performance and reliability, and develop whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.

Read more about the foundation of the Faraday Institution.

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s flagship battery research programme. It designs and manages focused, substantial and impactful research projects in areas of fundamental science and engineering that have commercial relevance and potential. Its research programme is defined by industry need and delivered by a consortia of 27 UK universities and 50 businesses – including 500 researchers. Technical targets include reducing battery cost, weight, and volume; improving performance and reliability; and developing whole-life strategies including recycling and reuse.

As an independent organisation, the Faraday Institution regularly publishes evidence-based assessments of the market, economics, commercial potential and capabilities for energy storage technologies and the transition to a fully electric UK.

Through a range of training programmes for undergraduate, PhD and early-career researchers, the organisation develops the next generation of battery scientists and engineers.

The Faraday Institution is a key delivery partner of the Faraday Battery Challenge. The Faraday Battery Challenge at UK Research and Innovation is delivered by Innovate UK. The Challenge is making the UK a science and innovation superpower for batteries, supporting the UK’s world-class battery facilities along with growing innovative businesses that are developing the battery supply chain for our future prosperity. Its aim is to build a high-tech, high-value, high-skill battery industry in the UK.

Michael Faraday head and shoulders portrait in a modern style

Read how the Faraday Institution is building on the legacy of Michael Faraday in this 2017 blog post.

Our Values

We Collaborate

We actively collaborate to achieve shared and focused objectives.

We build connections; within and between project teams, and externally with industry, government, and other influencers. We foster a sense of belonging. We work together to develop a diverse pool of talent.

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We Are Pioneering

We are pioneering, visionary and resilient.

To make game-changing breakthroughs our aspirations are bold. We challenge conventional thinking. We strive to work in new and smarter ways. Our operating model is progressive and agile, and we adapt quickly to research results.

We Make a Difference

We are driven to leave a legacy.

Our research is cutting-edge and mission-driven. We are energetic, tenacious and creative in the way we make discoveries that turn research into reality. We feel a strong sense of urgency to improve the world’s economic and environmental future.

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