Lithium-ion battery developer Aceleron has been granted £927,426 in government funding to help develop its Project BATLAB.
The project will look to develop a more sustainable, circular build process for batteries in the UK market, with the goal of ensuring everything needed within the life cycle of the battery will be available in the same environment from first life to repurposing.
As part of this, it is looking to repurposing electric vehicle battery packs within Aceleron’s facility, working with Aspire Engineering, Venture Engineering and University College London.
“We want to create a ‘containerised facility,’ where all the equipment, tooling and components to build, repair, upgrade and, in some cases, monitor every battery arrives and stays in one place,” explains Carlton Cummins, co-founder and chief technical officer.
“The same equipment will then be available, in its container, for servicing, repairing and eventually deconstructing the battery throughout its entire life cycle. Once the battery has come to the end of its life, the waste can be returned to its origins for repurposing."
Aceleron has been awarded the funding as part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. Now into its eighth round of funding, the £116 million scheme is designed to boost green innovation.
In February, BEIS announced that up to £11 million is up for grabs as part of the most recent round.
British heat battery start-up Caldera also secured a £470,000 chunk of this funding earlier this month, to fund a pilot project using its Warmstone technology.