Battery manufacturing companies have been invited to submit proposals to provide electrode and cell manufacturing equipment for the state-of-the-art £80 million ($106 million) UK Battery Industrialisation Centre that aims to put the UK at the forefront of battery-making expertise.
The five tenders are to provide a variety of equipment for mixing, coating, cylindrical cell assembly, pouch cell assembly and formation, ageing and testing equipment for the centre, which is due to open in 2020.
Once completed, the facility will develop next generation battery systems across the different chemistries, electrodes, cell design, modules and pack level.
The facility is being created in Coventry and Warwickshire after the WMG, at the University of Warwick, and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Coventry City Council lodged a joint bid for a national competition led by the Advanced Propulsion Centre and supported by Innovate UK.
Paul Blackmore, technical specialist at WMG, said: “The planned cell production lines will be used to develop and prove materials, cell designs, manufacturing processes and parameters prior to full plant investments.
“We have started the procurement process early because of the long lead time needed to provide and install cell manufacturing equipment.
“We will be providing additional tenders at a later date and we are looking forward to receiving tenders for this initial equipment, which will have a major role to play in the work carried out at UKBIC.”
The facility is part of the UK government’s Faraday Battery Challenge. Coventry City Council has an e-tendering portal at: www.csw-jets.co.uk/