Harwell to house £65 million Faraday Institution HQ


Harwell Science and Innovation Campus has been selected as home of the flagship Faraday Institution Headquarters, a new Government funded £65 million research institute charged with leading the UK’s research into energy storage and battery technology.

Harwell Campus, a UK science and innovation hub, was selected for its ability to bring together the best UK scientists and engineers, a unique open access multi-disciplinary environment and its world-leading science facilities.

Energy storage has been identified as an area of critical research in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge with £246 million to be invested over four years to help UK businesses seize the opportunities presented by the move to a low carbon economy. Harwell Campus, which supports start-ups, SMEs and corporates, will accelerate the exploitation and commercialisation of the Faraday Institution’s research.

The founding Executive Chairman of the Faraday Institution will be Professor Peter Littlewood FRS, currently Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago and former Head of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. He said: “Michael Faraday founded battery science and electrical engines in the 19th Century, and the UK led the invention of Lithium-ion batteries for mobile electronics in the 20th. In the 21st it should lead in the transition to electrification of vehicles, and then in the convergence of the digital and electrified economy.”

Angus Horner, Director at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus said: “Harwell has been leading the world in energy research for over 70 years.  Having the Faraday Institution HQ based here is a win-win all round.”