Britain's independent institute for the science of electrochemical energy storage, the Faraday Institution, has announced six industry fellowships with an innovative program to improve collaboration between battery researchers in industry and academia.
The Institute expresses the hope that the personal and entrepreneurial ties that will emerge from the fellowship projects will lead to longer-term collaboration between the two sectors. The fellowships allow university researchers to gain work experience in an industrial environment, and industrial scientists to work on a project within a university department.
Each of the fellowships is designed to solve a critical industrial problem and aims to establish joint research projects on electrochemical energy storage that will have long-term benefits for the UK battery industry.
The individual projects are intended to run for periods of between 6 and 24 months. However, before the program can start, some laboratories will have to wait for the end of the coronavirus lockdowns. However, before the program can start, some laboratories will have to wait for the end of the coronavirus safety regulations before returning to normal operation.
The Faraday Institution has allocated a total of £270,000 for this first round of industrial grants.
“This is the Faraday Institution’s latest initiative to deliver application-inspired battery research as part of our mission to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies.” said Ian Ellerington, Head of Technology Transfer at the Faraday Institution. “The program joins our Entrepreneurial Fellowships, Industry Sprints and our main research projects, all targeted at achieving industry-defined goals.”
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