Global Nano Network leads a consortium to demonstrate the performance advantage of HyperFoil®, GNN’s high performance current collector. The consortium has secured £1,152,264 in funding from UK Research and Innovation’s Faraday Battery Challenge, facilitated by Innovate UK.

The power density requirement is growing in industries such as; mining, public mobility (buses, trains and aviation) but the cost of accessing high power cells is currently to high making it difficult to justify the business case. As we transition to net zero and aim to electrify entire industries we need cost sensitive premium technologies to bridge this gap. The mining industry currently represents 203% of green house gas (GHG) emissions as diesel is used to extract precious metals and rare earths required for the battery industry. Working with Fortescue WAE GNN will demonstrate the performance advantage and reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) that can be achieved with HyperFoil® to help electrify the mining industry and other high power applications. 

The objective is to increase the technology and manufacturing readiness level for this innovation to help establish the supply of this critical component to the battery industry. GNN has built a UK-based value chain with representation from all key stakeholders required to accelerate the development of this technology. Bridgnorth Aluminium is UK’s only Aluminium feedstock provider supplying raw material to the consortium. CEMCO is taking GNN’s roll to roll manufacturing equipment design and building the equipment to increase the manufacturing throughput. The University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group) will produce, characterise and test prototype cells. Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) will run simulation tests to quantify and confirm the performance advantage for their various applications.

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