2 February 2021

Energising the UK battery supply chain, part 2

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SCI’s Materials for Mobility Group

Online Webinar: 10.00 - 12.00 GMT

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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. 

In part 1, over 50 participants from industry and government came together to discuss the needs of the community. Common themes were identified, including scale-up at speed, developing standards for materials testing, skills and knowledge, and next generation technology.

In part 2, three highly esteemed speakers will give participants an overview of the UK battery production landscape, covering the battery manufacturing process, the new Rules of Origin requirements on battery materials, and the prospect of Lithium extraction in the UK. Participants will then be invited to joined themed breakout rooms where they will meet and have discussions with fellow key decision-makers in the UK battery community.


If you are interested in joining us for this important discussion and connecting with other key stakeholders of tomorrow’s battery industry, then please register your interest above.

Attendees will need to come to the meeting prepared to actively contribute to the discussions above, therefore SCI reserves the right to request additional information about a delegate’s experience in this landscape prior to confirming their place.


Lucy Crane

Senior Geologist and Business Development, Cornish Lithium

Increased interest in Li-ion batteries has seen global demand for Lithium rise rapidly since the early-2010s, and it is projected to triple again over the next five years. Currently, almost all Lithium is extracted in Australia, South America, or China, with nearly all refinement taking place in China. Cornwall is estimated to harbour one of the world’s largest untouched Lithium sources, potentially worth £10s bn+. In this talk, Lucy Crane will outline the viable case for Lithium extraction in the UK.

Rhys Isaac

BEIS (Trade and Investment Negotiations)

From 2024 onwards, rules of origin requirements on UK battery exports to the EU will tighten, requiring more materials to be produced locally. Rhys Isaac joins us to explain the relevant regulations emerging from the Brexit trade deal, and how these place further importance on localising manufacturing processes.

Ian Ellerington

Head of Technology Transfer, The Faraday Institution

The supply chain to produce an EV battery is complex, relying on specialist processing of materials at each stage. Ian Ellerington from The Faraday Institution will breakdown the battery supply chain into its materials and processes, offering an insight into opportunities and challenges facing UK plc.


10:00  Welcome and introduction
Dr David Bott, Chief Innovation Officer, SCI

10:05  Deconstructing the battery supply chain
   Ian Ellerington Head of Technology Transfer, The Faraday Institution

10:30  Post-Brexit rules of origin requirements: An overview
            Rhys Isaac, BEIS (Trade and Investment Negotiations)

10:45  Mining lithium in the UK: The geo-economic case
Lucy Crane, Senior Geologist and Business Development, Cornish Lithium

11:00  Themed breakout discussions

11:45 Closing remarks

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