19 July 2021

Next Generation Technologies (Energising the UK battery supply chain - part 4)

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Next Generation Technologies 

As the automotive industry shifts its focus towards hybrid and electric powered vehicles to achieve net zero, next generation battery technologies are becoming increasingly important. If the UK can integrate more sustainable battery technology into the supply chain – it can reach the anticipated demand for these vehicles by 2030.

Current lithium-ion batteries have played a big role in the uptake of hybrid and electric vehicles, however as the requirements for batteries evolve, they present their limitations. There is now a need for new technologies to drive a more sustainable automotive industry forward.

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 technologies within the automotive industry. These talks will be followed by breakout discussions between participants, enabling them to meet others working on these technologies, and discuss what is needed to progress these next generation technologies further in the UK.

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 workshops 1, 2 and 3 we have built a team of around 50 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
Skills and knowledge
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.

Monday 19 July

Welcome and introduction (David Bott, SCI)
Prof David Greenwood, University of Warwick
Jerry Barker, Faradion
Breakout discussions
Closing remarks

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