A £12mn project, to be led by the University of St Andrews, will aim to create a safe sodium ion battery with high performance, low cost and a long cycle life.
The four-year NEXGENNA research project was announced by the Faraday Institution on 4 September as part of £55mn funding round for research into energy storage.
The relatively low cost of sodium ion batteries makes them an attractive next generation technology, particularly for static energy storage applications and low-cost vehicles. The batteries could allow electric trains to run on non-electrified lines making currently non-economical routes, in the Scottish Highlands for example, commercially viable.
Professor John Irvine of the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to develop a new strand of battery technology that the UK is uniquely well placed to lead the world through industry and academia working together.”