HSSMI are pleased to announce that they have succeeded in securing a three-year project through the Government’s £246m Faraday Challenge in a competition led by Innovate UK. This competition forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund announced by Rt Hon. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in July of this year.

Project ‘VALUABLE: VALUe chain And Battery Lifecycle Exploitation’ will be led by HSSMI alongside partners Env-Aqua Solutions, Aceleron, University College London (UCL), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Aspire Engineering and Tevva Motors.

As the number of electric vehicles grows, there becomes a need to consider how to deal with batteries once they come to the end of their life and can no longer be used in the initial automotive application.

Project VALUABLE’s key objectives are to develop commercially viable metrology and test processes as well as new supply chain concepts for recycling, reuse and remanufacturing of automotive lithium-ion batteries to create a complete End-of-Life (EoL) supply chain network within the UK.

The vision of the consortium is to increase the value-add of the battery supply chain in the UK, decrease the environmental impact and optimise future battery design for EoL. The project will also investigate key areas that are providing difficulties in dealing with automotive batteries at the EoL including the lack of reliable and cost-effective test methods and the lack of remanufacturing/recycling and reuse processes.

Paul Shearing, Reader in Chemical Engineering & Materials, UCL, said:

“When a battery is beginning to reach its EoL in an automotive application – perhaps when it falls down to about 80% of its original rated capacity – it still has a huge amount of value for a second life type of application.”

Caroline Guest, Manager of Electric Powertrains and Circular Value Chains, HSSMI, added:

“You can combine it with things like solar power and wind. It’s also being looked at for rail and marine applications as back up batteries as well.”

VALUABLE will not only be supported by the supply chain but also by an industry-led advisory group.


Should you wish to find out more about HSSMI’s work on VALUABLE please contact Caroline Guest at caroline.guest@hssmi.org