Repurposing EV batteries with "second-life" warranties

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (The Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018) and Altelium Ltd.

1 Year Enterprise-led Masters by Research, Ref. No. 123

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,327, and international students pay £16,390.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

Q> Where will the several million electric vehicle (EV) batteries go when they retire? As the first batch of EV batteries become obsolete, we are faced with the huge challenge of the responsible disposal of used batteries – but this challenge also presents a huge opportunity.

A> This project seeks to quicken the pace of energy storage technology by working on the “repurposing” of second-life EV batteries. Second-life packs are removed from electric vehicles once their range falls below 80% and they are increasingly used for energy storage by industries with high peak energy demands.

The use of second-life batteries would be greater if warranties insured their shelf life, thereby avoiding waste and building consumer confidence in second-life batteries.

This project will develop an extended warranty for a second-life battery pack in a stationary storage application.

The successful applicant will work alongside partner company Altelium and its sister company CNC Asset (a long-term player at the London Insurance Market) to develop a pilot extended warranty for the battery for a battery for the SME Connected Energy.

The successful applicant will gain skills in (i) the working principles and the operation strategy of Lithium Ion Batteries’ longevity, (ii) the circular economy of energy storage systems, (iii) building business models that provide a win-win for battery manufacturer and warranty provider (insurer). As part of the relation between the two business partners, the handling, ownership, and exploitation of battery data will require specific attention.

We welcome applicants with proved capabilities and/or experience in physics, chemistry, engineering, or business.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision from Professors Harry Hoster and Katy Mason, and Altelium. Altelium's business model relies on real-time data to enable insurance-based extended warranty for technology products.

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Download the application documents for this project

Application deadline: Midnight Wednesday 17th July 2019

Start date: October 2019

This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.