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Wealth Membership members make investments £1 million beneath EIS in electrical battery tech firm Anaphite


Bristol-based Anaphite, which is growing new expertise to enhance batteries for electrical autos, has raised slightly below £1 million from Wealth Membership purchasers beneath the Enterprise Funding Scheme (EIS).

The funding was a part of Anaphite’s newest £4.1 million funding institutional spherical, with Wealth Membership taking 20% of the increase. Blue Wire Capital, OION, Zero Carbon Capital, Silicon Roundabout Ventures and Deeptech Labs, who’re extremely thought to be an accelerator for deep tech firms, have additionally invested.

International gross sales of electrical autos (EVs) have greater than tripled since 2019. By 2035 there might be a ban on all new gross sales of petrol and diesel vehicles within the UK, Europe and US, which ought to see this pattern proceed. It’s estimated 50% of all vehicles within the US might be electrical by 2050 and over 30% globally. At present, the batteries that energy EVs nonetheless have vital limitations – particularly, a excessive price of manufacturing and lengthy charging instances that yield a restricted vary of use.

Anaphite is growing new expertise, incorporating graphene into the core battery electrode supplies that retailer vitality. This might delay battery life, enhance charging pace, scale back manufacturing emissions and decrease manufacturing prices. It’s already in trials with a significant EV battery producer in Europe, testing its supplies of their batteries. The corporate believes its expertise may be “dropped in” to present manufacturing processes – rising the potential of widescale adoption – and goals for the expertise for use in business EV manufacturing by 2028.

This profitable fundraise is available in the identical week that Anaphite are additionally saying the appointment of Joe Stevenson because the incoming CEO, becoming a member of on fifth September. Joe brings over 20 years of expertise from throughout the business and engineering sectors, having most lately been employed as a Industrial Director for Arcola Vitality and Ballard Motive Options. Earlier to this, Joe was a Company Technique Director at Johnson Matthey. Joe has a Philosophy, Politics and Economics diploma from the College of Oxford and has accomplished London Enterprise Colleges Senior Leaders Programme. His information and expertise will convey a pointy business focus to the enterprise.

Alex Davies, CEO and Founder, Wealth Membership stated: “Anaphite is growing what may doubtlessly be ground-breaking expertise to be used in electrical car batteries and may have higher sector functions as graphene applied sciences change into extra broadly adopted. This has been welcomed by our purchasers who’ve been fast to snap up the funding alternative.

The founders have a mixture of technical and entrepreneurial abilities and profit significantly from an skilled advisory board with scientific, industrial and business experience. The corporate’s success to this point and the current announcement of a commercially focussed CEO, has attracted substantial curiosity and it has backing from credible buyers. In our view, Anaphite presents a possibility to spend money on an thrilling tech enterprise which helps the transition to enhancing sustainable applied sciences by enabling faster-charging, increased-range and lower-cost batteries for electrical autos. The advantage of the EIS tax aid to assist offset the extra dangers related to investing in an early-stage enterprise is simply the icing on the highest for this funding.”

Alex Hewitt, COO and Co-founder of Anaphite feedback: “I’m very excited and proud to have such an ideal group of buyers becoming a member of our already great backers as we transfer ahead into the subsequent stage of our progress. I really consider we’re in an ideal place to have a big affect within the battle in opposition to local weather change by accelerating the mass adoptions of EVs with our fast-charging graphene enhanced cathode expertise. I feel our idea, strategy and product can change the battery trade for the higher, particularly in decreasing the carbon footprint of battery manufacturing. We’re lucky to have our new CEO, Joe, becoming a member of the crew subsequent month who will information and speed up the commercialisation of our expertise.”

Jon Pollock, CEO of Elbow Seaside Capital, commented: “It’s been a pleasure to get to know Alex, Sam and the Anaphite crew. The development of lithium-ion battery expertise is a necessary a part of the inexperienced vitality transition and Anaphite’s expertise has the potential to speed up the already quickly rising EV market.”


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