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News story: Director appointed for Faraday Battery Challenge

first_imgLearn more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Innovate UK has also invested £40 million across 27 battery research and development projects.Independent institute HSSMI are one such project to get funding. It will conduct research into batteries at the end of their life and look at how these could be reused, remanufactured or recycled.Faraday Battery Challenge HSSMI video With 200,000 electric vehicles set to be on UK roads by the end of 2018, investment in car batteries is a massive opportunity for Britain and one that, through our flagship Industrial Strategy and the Automotive Sector Deal, the government is committed to seizing. To realise our grand ambitions we need great leadership, which is why I am delighted that someone as talented and respected in the sector as Tony Harper will be spearheading our efforts to make Britain the ‘go-to’ destination for the development and deployment of this game-changing technology. Innovate UK Chief Executive, Ruth McKernan, said: This is a unique opportunity to maximise the advantage for the UK from the shift to the electrification of transport by creating a high-tech, high-value, high-skill industry in battery technology. Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Engineering Research, Tony Harper has been appointed as Director, Faraday Battery Challenge.Tony will join UK Research and Innovation in April 2018 to lead the Faraday Battery Challenge. This is government’s £246 million investment to develop safe, cost-effective, durable, lighter weight, higher performing and recyclable batteries in the UK. It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.He will work across Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), who will jointly deliver the challenge, and work closely with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Work so farThe Faraday Battery Challenge has already made strong progress.This includes the multi-million pound Faraday Institution to speed up research, innovation and scale-up novel battery technologies, and a £80 million investment through the APC for the UK’s first automotive battery manufacturing development facilityFaraday Battery Challenge CWLEP Video He will have an important role to play in ensuring the UK is a world leader in the development of automotive battery technologies.center_img Business Minister Richard Harrington added: Tony’s long-standing experience and expertise in automotive research and development means he is the ideal candidate to lead the ground-breaking Faraday Battery Challenge. Leading industry experienceTony has been working as Director of Engineering Research at Jaguar Land Rover since 2006. He is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and an honorary fellow of the University of Warwick.In addition, he is an elected member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and sits on a number of industry advisory councils.Tony said: Read the Ministerial announcement. It is also a very exciting time to be joining UK Research and Innovation as it sets out to become the best research and innovation agency in the world. Innovate UK is inviting applications in a second round of collaborative research and development funding under the Faraday Battery Challenge. Find out more and apply.last_img read more

LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw satisfied with performance

first_imgKershaw, who had 10 pickoffs last season, picked off his second batter of the spring.“It can get you out of some jams,” he said. “It’s something I worked on for sure.”Alex Guerrero hit a solo homer off Sale in the fourth. Howie Kendrick hit a run-scoring triple in the third.Thompson impressesThe Dodgers are giving a long look at athletic outfielder Trayce Thompson, who played center field Saturday. Thompson, the brother of Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and son of former Laker Mychal, “can do a lot of different things,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We want to see him as much as we possibly can, putting him in center, in left a little bit, in right a little bit.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Sale pitched 5 1/3 innings and Clayton Kershaw went nearly that far in a matchup of left-handed aces Saturday, with the Chicago White Sox beating the Dodgers 4-2 in Glendale, Arizona.Sale made his Cactus League debut after pitching in a “B” game earlier in the week. He allowed two runs and six hits, walking one and striking out three. Kershaw, pitching on his 28th birthday, gave up two runs and six hits, walking none and striking out four. Jerry Sands and Tyler Saladino hit RBI singles in the second.“At one point or another today, I felt like I used all my pitches effectively,” he said. “I gave up a few hard-hit balls, but some bloopers that found some holes, too. But overall, I felt like I’m on a decent progression for sure.”center_img Thompson made an outstanding catch on a line drive to center by Avisail Garcia.“It was definitely nice to make that catch,” Thompson said. “There have been a couple balls that been inches away from my glove that I feel I usually make.”Though Thompson can play any outfield spot, “I feel like I’m a center fielder,” he said. “I want the ball. I’ve always had that mentality. I pride myself a lot on my defense.”Pujols producesAngels manager Mike Scioscia liked the two mammoth home runs Albert Pujols hit in the third inning against Milwaukee. But he also liked the veteran slugger’s first at-bat, a two-out, RBI single to the opposite field.“It’s great to see him hitting the ball to right field with a guy in scoring position, which is what he does when he’s on,” Scioscia said after Pujols sent the Angels past the Milwaukee Brewers 15-7 in Tempe.After his first-inning single scored the streaking Yunel Escobar, Pujols led off the third against Wily Peralta and homered onto the berm in left-center. The Angels went on to bat around, and Pujols faced Peralta again with a man on and two out.This time, on the first pitch, Pujols cleared the hedge behind the lawn area in left and capped an eight-run inning. Pujols had one spring homer entering Saturday.“He got two pitches up and just killed them,” Scioscia said.Escobar went 4 for 4, extending his consecutive hit streak to seven. The Angels’ new third baseman is batting .471 and has yet to strike out in Cactus League play.Yunesky Maya made his first start for the Angels after six relief innings. He didn’t fare as well this time, though four of the five runs against him were unearned.Maya allowed five hits and walked four after issuing no walks in any of his previous outings. The Cuban last pitched in the majors for Washington in 2013. Tejada joins CardsThe St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent shortstop Ruben Tejada to a one-year, $1.5 million guaranteed contract. Tejada hit .261 with 23 doubles, three homers and 28 RBIs with the New York Mets last year. His season ended when the Dodgers’ Chase Utley broke Tejada’s right leg with a takeout slide in the NL Division Series.Tejada signed with the Mets in 2006 and spent parts of six big league seasons in New York. But after the Mets offered him a contract on Dec. 2, they signed free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and acquired second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh. With Wilmer Flores also on the roster, Tejada’s future with the team became uncertain and he was released on Wednesday. last_img read more