Williams Advanced Engineering wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

Installed Formula E battery in car Williams Advanced Engineering

Her Majesty the Queen has recognised Williams Advanced Engineering with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The award is for the company’s innovation in successfully transferring technology into commercial applications from designing, developing and delivering the batteries for all the cars racing in the Formula E championship.

Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater racing series. The technology has relevance beyond the automotive and motorsport sectors in both energy and power applications.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.

Williams Advanced Engineering has powered all the cars on the ABB FIA Formula E grid since its inception in 2014. Now in its fourth season, the Formula E championship has benefited from technology developed by Williams Advanced Engineering that has seen a 99.8% reliability record in races from the Company’s batteries.

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering said: “We are honoured to have been recognised by Her Majesty with this award for the industry leading work of Williams Advanced Engineering in delivering a world-first that will light the way for future sustainable transport.

“I pay tribute to our team that has powered Formula E from the beginning at such a high level of innovation, performance, service and reliability.”

The Formula E battery project has facilitated the transfer of technology involved in racing to additional projects in electrification, a core competency of the Company.

Williams Advanced Engineering has been able to advance its capabilities in cell and module construction, optimised packaging and weight, battery management systems, cooling systems, vehicle efficiency, and safety structures.

This expertise has become well-known in the industry and has led to significant business growth for the Company over the past three years.