10 September 2021

Next Steps, Standards and Skills (Energising the UK battery supply chain - part 5)

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SCI’s Materials for Mobility Group

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Battery Standards and Skills Development

New electric vehicle battery standards are a crucial step in establishing a sustainable battery manufacturing supply chain within the UK. With guidance on health, safety, and environmental factors, these standards underpin innovation and enable consistent practices in the advancement of battery technology. In addition to new standards, skills development for the research and manufacturing of these next-generation batteries is a key issue to consider.

For this workshop, SCI and the Chemistry Council Innovation Committee (CCIC) have organised a program of speakers from both industry and academia to cover the latest developments in EV battery standards and skills required within the battery supply chain. These talks will be followed by breakout discussions between participants, enabling them to meet others working in the UK battery supply chain, and discuss what is needed for the future of batteries.


Energising the UK battery supply chain series – Introduction

A major focus of SCI’s work with the Chemistry Council recognises that the government, in its Road to Net Zero, is banning the sale of all internal combustion engines by 2030. We must therefore act rapidly to scale-up an integrated UK battery supply chain, to adequately support the bourgeoning electric car industry.

As part of our programme to deliver this, SCI is bringing together chemists, suppliers, manufacturers and innovators at every point within the supply chain, and in doing so building the community that will address the challenges of scaling-up of electric vehicle production within the UK. 

From the previous 4 workshops we have built a team of around 60 organisations from industry and government who have come together to explore and identify the needs of the community, and discuss how they can work together on this challenge. Common themes identified in these workshops include:

  • Scale-up at speed
  • Developing standards for materials testing
  • Next generation technologies
  • Battery recycling


This workshop is primarily designed to engage those actively working in or with the battery production industry, or policymakers whose decisions may affect it. Spaces are limited – therefore, if you are new to the ‘Energising the UK battery supply chain series’, and wish to attend this workshop, please send a 50–100-word description of your work to shreya.mashru@soci.org, outlining how you fit into one of the above stakeholder categories.


Jennifer Channell


Dr Jennifer Channell is the Senior Portfolio Manager for Decarbonising Transport and Business Relationship Manager for JLR at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Jennifer leads the skills workstream for the Faraday Battery Challenge and works closely with the Faraday Institution to deliver the mission-inspired low-TRL research programme for the Challenge. Prior to working in Decarbonising Transport, Jennifer has worked as the Senior Portfolio Manager for Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Portfolio Manager for Materials at EPSRC. Jennifer has a PhD in Biophysics from Keele University during which she spent her time in Grenoble, France using X-ray and Neutron scattering techniques to study the structure of proteins involved in HIV-1 infection.

Tony Harper


Tony Harper is The Industrial Strategy Challenge Director for the Faraday Battery Challenge at UKRI (UK Research and Innovation). Tony was previously Director of Research Engineering for Jaguar Land Rover. Tony joined Jaguar as a Graduate Engineer in 1986 with an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London.
In recent years, Tony has worked closely with the EPSRC and Innovate UK on a number of large, strategic projects on Electrification and Autonomy. He’s a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, Chartered Engineer, fellow of the IMechE, an honorary fellow of the University of Warwick, an elected member of the UK Automotive Council Technology group and sits on numerous advisory councils.


Friday 10 September

Welcome and introduction
David Bott, SCI
Tony Harper, Faraday at UK Research and Innovation
Jennifer Channell, EPSRC UKRI
Jacqui Murray, InnovateUK UKRI
Breakout discussions
Closing remarks

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