The MagLiB patent-protected technology employs bespoke magnetic fields to enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries. They have scaled from smart-watches, to mobile phones, and now towards electric vehicles. Testing has demonstrated charging time reductions of up to 67 %, a substantial improvement that will aid the transition to low-carbon technologies.
The UCL team were selected as winners because ''it’s a truly innovative technology to fast charge such batteries and we felt it’s truly emerging, and therefore this prize could have a very high impact, and could allow the team to grow rapidly in line with the maturation of their market.'' Jason Harcup, Global Vice President for Skin Care Research & Development, Unilever