Meet Michael, the supercomputer designed to accelerate UK research for EV batteries

phys.org | 11/22/2018 | Staff
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A new supercomputer designed to speed up research on two of the UK's most important battery research projects has been installed at University College London (UCL). Named Michael, after the UK's most famous battery scientist, Michael Faraday, the supercomputer will reach 265 teraflops at peak performance.

Michael will flex its computing muscle to assist over 110 researchers focused on creating new models for battery systems and researching next-generation, solid-state batteries. The supercomputer offers much needed capacity to UK researchers who today are working to solve some of the thorniest problems in energy storage. The Faraday Institution, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the UK Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, purchased the £1.6 million supercomputer.

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UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said:

"This new supercomputer will be a valuable resource for the UK's battery researchers, providing them with the insight necessary to improve battery performance and lifetime and reduce costs.

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"UK Research and Innovation recognises the importance of access to world-leading infrastructure for academia and industry, and that resources such as the Michael supercomputer are central to our mission of pushing the frontiers of human knowledge and delivering economic and societal impact."

Dr. Jacqueline Edge of Imperial College London, and project lead of the Faraday Institution's Multi-scale Modelling project, said:

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"Our team is excited to have access to this new high-performance computer, fully dedicated to accelerating our battery research.

"This state-of-the-art facility will be crucial in accelerating the step-change improvements in the UK's battery modelling capability that our project is targeting.

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"Michael Faraday was one of the most impactful researchers of the UK's past. Michael is set to be a hugely productive virtual researcher in energy storage science in the 21st century."

Developing more accurate simulations of batteries will give researchers and their industry partners the ability to design advanced batteries without the cost...
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