Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Search the University of Manchester siteSearch Menu StaffNet
Search type

Royce backs government plans to empower UK economy with battery technology

26 Jul 2017

The Henry Royce Institute welcomes the government’s pledge to invest £246 million investment in battery technology.

Support for this funding comes from The Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s national institute for research and innovation in advanced materials. The body has its hub at The University of Manchester and spokes at the founding partners, comprising the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Regius Professor Phil Withers, Chief Scientist for the Royce, added: “This is a welcome announcement because energy storage is a critical component in reducing CO2 emissions and moving towards greater use of renewable energy.

“That is why developing advanced materials for energy storage technologies is a core area of focus for the Royce, being championed by Professor Peter Bruce at the University of Oxford.”

Andrew Hosty, CEO of the Royce, said:  “We look forward to working with government, industry and other academic partners to help turn the coming investment into battery technologies into outputs which will have the potential to significantly boost the UK economy.”

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced the first phase of a £246 million investment in battery technology as he launched the Industrial Strategy’s landmark Faraday Challenge.

The Royce brings together world-leading academics from across the UK and works closely with industry to ensure commercialisation of fundamental research. It will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials, science and technology that underpins all industrial sectors.