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Faraday Challenge – National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility Competition

The APC is to invest in a Competition to create a national facility allowing companies and research institutes with a UK entity to build and maintain a leading position in manufacturing technologies for batteries and their components. It must:-

  • Provide a pilot manufacturing plant with the capability to trial and prove-out initial production runs of advanced battery components and assemblies.
  • Enable and scale-up advanced battery product and manufacturing technology to feed implementation into high volume production.
  • Provide access for UK companies to cell and battery technologies not yet available in the open commodity market
  • A collaborative “learning factory” to accelerate learning and develop vital skills for the UK battery industry

For full details on the scope, eligibility and application process, please read the guidance for applicants.


The APC is looking to co-fund a single bid, to design, create and operate a battery facility. It must develop next-generation manufacturing solutions for cell and module formats that can be proven in high volume, (equivalent to 1 GWh/annum). This turnkey facility will be internationally recognised as a world leader in the development of battery manufacturing technologies.

  • Have “open to all” capability, along with the ability of running a number of OEM and Tier 1 projects in commercially confidential areas where required.
  • Enable quality assurance verification of manufactured product, prior to the fitment to end vehicle or application.
  • Allow for teaching and skills development to increase the UK skill base for the emerging UK battery industry.
  • Allow for a degree of public engagement, such as having an interactive exhibition to engage school age pupils, as well as the facility to host events and visits.
  • Actively encourage participation at all levels of the battery supply chain.

Consideration should be given to product and manufacturing processes that are compatible with end of life reuse and re-cycling (but the re-cycling of batteries is not within the scope of this facility).


The Advanced Propulsion Centre will co fund a single successful project. The winning bid must demonstrate it has wide ranging support for its proposal from OEM’s, Tier 1 to N, SME’s, RTO’s, and Academia demonstrating cross sector support. Only organisations with UK entities and where work is conducted in the UK, may apply. The build aspect of the project is expected to last between 24 – 30 months, commencing by the end of 2017 with the facility to be open by late 2019/early 2020.

  • The facility should include the following manufacture stages:
    • electrode materials (current and near-future technologies) – mixing and anode/cathode coating
    • cells – in a variety of formats; manufacture, formation and testing
    • modules – build and test

Projects are assessed competitively in value for money terms. The grant requested should reflect the minimum amount of funding that is needed for the project to proceed.


Priority Projects

Priority will be given to bids that can:-

  • have the capability to deliver in the timescale
  • demonstrate a well-established consortium
  • demonstrate they bring the co-funding
  • have pre-existing capabilities in the relevant product and process technology areas

You may apply for funding support:

– up to 100% of your eligible project costs if you or the delivery organisation/entity involved is a non-profit distributing research organisation. In this case, you must demonstrate how the co funding for investment in the facility will be contributed after the project.

– if you are a company rather than a research organisation we would expect any bid to comply with State Aid regulations (investment aid for research infrastructures) and funded at 50% of eligible costs, depending on the split between economic and non-economic work.

The successful project will be subject to general state aid compliance

Key Dates

25 July 2017 – Competition opens

3 August 2017 – Briefing event

7 September 2017 12:00pm – Registration closes

14 September 2017 12:00pm – Competition closes

29 September 2017 – Feedback and interview invite

19 October 2017 – Interview period begins

20 October 2017 – Interview period ends

30 October 2017 – Validation panel

6 November 2017 – Validation panel

10 November 2017 – Applicants notified


If you need more information, contact:

The APC or call +44 (0)24 7652 8700.

The APC is able to help by providing general guidance regarding the interpretation of competition rules and guidelines on an informal basis. Help your consortia to structure the bid development process, explain common pitfalls and aid you regarding whether your project is in scope.

Innovate UK competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email us at

There is a briefing event taking place on 3rd August 2017 at The National Conference Centre, Birmingham. To find out more, click here.

Guidance for Applicants

To download the Guidance for Applicants, click the cover below.