Ever Resource, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and Advanced Electronics & Logistics (AEL), UK, have secured £777,000 in grant funding via Innovate UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge (Innovation R&D, Round 4). The project, led by AEL, aims to develop a rapid, low-cost and safe solution for the discharging of electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion battery packs.
The consortium will develop an industry-standard methodology and platform for the deep-discharge of EV battery packs. This will include Battery Management System (BMS) tools that communicate at cell, module and pack level. The objective is to facilitate deep-discharge across a wide range of pack and battery designs, so as to enable safe and low-cost transportation and recycling of EV battery packs.
The news comes after Ever Resource, Fenix Battery Recycling and the University of Birmingham, UK, received significant grant funding to develop innovative separation techniques for the recycling of end-of-life lithium-ion batteries. The Faraday Battery Challenge project will complement Ever Resource’s and Fenix’s battery recycling infrastructure by combining generic BMS-bypass software and hardware (brought by AEL) and deep-discharge protocols (brought by WMG).