UKBIC has secured funding to upgrade the facility to support innovation projects for high-tech developers and users of battery technologies.
Enhancing scale-up capability
The new funding for the national battery manufacturing scale-up facility will enhance its offering to customers and enable activities including:
additional electrode production equipment to be installed as part of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre’s (UKBIC) new flexible scale-up line
the installation of a flexible 800 square metre of clean and dry industrialisation space for new manufacturing process demonstration
development of advanced digital manufacturing capability to transform how data is analysed for innovative products and processes being scaled up at UKBIC
Operational in 2025
The new flexible scale-up line will bridge the gap between UKBIC’s existing volume industrialisation line and kilogramme scale demonstrator lines available elsewhere.
The new capability, which is expected to be operational during 2025, will provide battery developers with an increasingly cost-effective route to market.
This will enable companies to move from research and development through to large-scale production, without having to use overseas facilities.
The funding, announced in November’s Autumn Statement, is being provided by UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) £610 million Faraday Battery Challenge, a national investment programme which is delivered by Innovate UK.