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UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Versatile Ionomers for DIvalent Calcium batteries

  • 3 Million
  • Spain
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Versatile Ionomers for DIvalent Calcium batteries
Company Name UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Funded By 38
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

Improving energy management is vitaI for the future. It implies greener production ways and smarter conversion and storage devices. For the latter, lithium batteries (LiB) have flooded the market of electronic devices and are now also powering electric vehicles and stationary storage plants. The huge energy storage-demand involves an explosion of the battery production, which will face in the future the problem of limited resources, unlocated in Europe. Therefore, it is important to investigate alternative batteries. Recent years have seen the emergence of post-LiB, like sodium-, magnesium- or calcium technologies. The last one is very promising in terms of theoretical energy density, safety, and sustainability. However, the lack of reliable electrolytes so far impedes the practical research on rechargeable calcium batteries, CaB. In this proposal VIDICAT aims at developing a new material concept based on nanocomposite ionomers acting both as liquid-free electrolyte and electrode binders. Such approach will provide at the interface with calcium, highly chemically, electrochemically and thermally stable polymer electrolytes. Due to outstanding mechanical performance, very thin electrolytes (1 µm) are targeted, with cationic conductance close to standard lithium ones. In the frame of developing this ground-breaking electrolyte concept, VIDICAT will also search for positive electrodes with the final challenging purpose of proposing reliable and safe CaB. Innovation is omnipresent as the targeted negative and positive electrodes have never been evaluated with liquid-free ionomers as electrolyte and binder. Nonetheless, VIDICAT objective is the achieving of a CaB prototype reaching energy density similar to State of Art LiB. Multidisciplinary, VIDICAT will increase EU capacity building in low-carbon energy. Based on sustainable ores, VIDICAT will prevent the loss of non-renewable chemicals and paves the way for Europe energetic independence.

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Company Name UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Address Calle Madrid 126 28903 Getafe (Madrid)
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/220119/factsheet/en

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ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Lithium sulphur for Safe road electrification

  • 8 Million
  • Spain
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Lithium sulphur for Safe road electrification
Company Name ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Funded By 38
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 8 Million
Project Detail

Li-ion batteries are still the limiting factor for mass scale adoption of electrified vehicles and there is a need for new batteries that enable EVs with higher driving range, higher safety and faster charging at lower cost. LiS is a promising alternative to Li-ion free of critical raw material (CRM) and non-limited in capacity and energy by material of intercalation. LISA proposes the development of high energy and safe LiS battery cells with hybrid solid state non-flammable electrolytes validated at 20Ah cell level according to EUCAR industrial standards for automotive integration. LISA will solve specific LiS bottlenecks on metallic lithium protection, power rate, and volumetric energy density; together with cost the main selection criteria for EV batteries. The sustainability of the technology will be assessed from an environmental and economic perspective. The technology will be delivered ready for use within the corresponding state of charge estimator facilitating battery pack integration. Today, LiS is twice lighter than Li-ion and has reached only 10% of the sulphur theoretical energy density (2600Wh/kg) at cell prototype level (250-300Wh/kg), with potentially 800Wh/l (600Wh/kg) achievable by improving materials, components and manufacturing. LISA is strongly oriented to the development of lithium metal protection and solid state electrolyte; and will incorporate manufacturability concepts enabling integration in future manufacturing lines. Moreover, the outcome of the project in terms of new materials, components, cells, and manufacturability will be transferable to other lithium-anode based technologies such as Li-ion and solid state lithium technologies. As such, LISA will have a large impact on existing and next-generation EV batteries, delivering technology with higher energy density beyond the theoretical capacities of chemistries using CRM – i.e. natural graphite and cobalt - or silicon-based chemistries inherently limited by their manufacturability.

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Company Name ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Address Carrer De La Innovacio 2 08225 Terrassa
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/219988/factsheet/en

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ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION

Advanced Lithium Sulphur battery for xEV

  • 7 Million
  • Spain
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Advanced Lithium Sulphur battery for xEV
Company Name ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Funded By European Union
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 7 Million
Project Detail

ALISE is a pan European collaboration focused on the development and commercial scale-up of new materials and on the understanding of the electrochemical processes involved in the lithium sulphur technology. It aims to create impact by developing innovative battery technology capable of fulfilling the expected and characteristics from European Automotive Industry needs, European Materials Roadmap, Social factors from vehicle consumers and future competitiveness trends and European Companies positioning. The project is focused to achieve 500 Wh/Kg stable LiS cell. The project involves dedicated durability, testing and LCA activities that will make sure the safety and adequate cyclability of battery being developed and available at competitive cost. Initial materials research will be scaled up during the project so that pilot scale quantities of the new materials will be introduced into the novel cell designs thus giving the following advancements over the current state of the art. The project approach will bring real breakthrough regarding new components, cell integration and architecture associated. New materials will be developed and optimized regarding anode, cathode, electrolyte and separator. Complete panels of specific tools and modelling associated will be developed from the unit cell to the batteries pack. Activities are focused on the elaboration of new materials and processes at TRL4. Demonstration of the lithium sulphur technology will be until batteries pack levels with validation onboard. Validation of prototype (17 kWh) with its driving range corresponding (100 km) will be done on circuit. ALISE is more than a linear bottom-up approach from materials to cell. ALISE shows strong resources to achieve a stable unit cell, with a supplementary top-down approach from the final application to the optimization of the unit cell.

Sector Chemicals

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Company Name ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Address CARRER DE LA INNOVACIO 2 08225 TERRASSA Spain
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/197134_en.html

4.

TESVOLT GMBH

HIGH-VOLTAGE LITHIUM STORAGE - secure + efficient battery storage solution of the next generation

  • 3 Million
  • Germany
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HIGH-VOLTAGE LITHIUM STORAGE - secure + efficient battery storage solution of the next generation
Company Name TESVOLT GMBH
Funded By European Union
Country Germany , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

The share of renewable energies such as wind and solar energy, which is fed into the electricity grids, is constantly increasing worldwide. This type of energy is highly volatile, and depending on the time of day and the weather they supply different amounts of energy. This causes two problems: 1. the energy grids are being burdened more and more - the blackout danger is growing! 2. The electricity is not available as required. That is why we need a highly flexible system in the future to compensate these fluctuations, to be able to guarantee a secure energy network and the provision of electricity on demand. Technologically, battery storages can provide this flexibility, but the price/performance ratio is still the biggest obstacle for a full market penetration. HiVOLT describes a newly developed battery system based on high-voltage technology, which offers significant cost and efficiency advantages compared to conventional systems. Savings are achieved, among other things, by eliminating transformers and reducing system costs through lower currents. The impact of the technology is outstanding and has the potential to revolutionize the storage market. This is reflected in the outstanding economic efficiency of the high-voltage lithium storage. It is at least 33% higher compared to TESLA, BYD, E3DC and results from the following factors: Higher number of charge cycles (8,000), max. depth of discharge, higher energy efficiency (92%), low investment costs (570 €/kWh) and low system costs (50% reduction). In SME Phase 2, the product is to be made ready for series. Serial production and commercialization are to be carried out. Commercial enterprises in i.a. Europe, East Asia and USA are to be reached (market size: 1.1 bn €). The high-voltage lithium storage (TRL7) was developed by TESVOLT GmbH. The global challenge of establishing renewable energies as the main pillar of energy supply can only be met with intelligent energy storages. TESVOLT -The energy storage experts.

Sector Energy Power And Electrical

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Company Name TESVOLT GMBH
Address AM ALTEN BAHNHOF 10 06886 LUTHERSTADT WITTENBERG Germany
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/217177_en.html

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CENS MATERIALS LTD

A novel cost effective industrial process for dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes on electrode materials for Li-Ion Batteries

  • 71,429
  • Israel
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A novel cost effective industrial process for dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes on electrode materials for Li-Ion Batteries
Company Name CENS MATERIALS LTD
Funded By European Union
Country Israel , Western Asia
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

With industrial and societal demands for lighter, thinner and higher capacity batteries, there has been a lot of ongoing research for novel electrode materials with improved properties. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have shown enormous potential as Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB) electrode materials as they improve LIB power capacity by a factor of >10 and charge acceptance by >200%, reducing energy loses by >15%. However, the extensive use of CNT-based LIBs is being harboured by the lack of an industrially applicable process for dispersing CNTs on electrodes. CNTs aggregate in their formation and current dispersion methods fail to effectively unbundle the, and as such, excessive amounts of CNT are required to achieve homogeneity, which often deteriorates the intrinsic properties of CNTs, degrades electrode properties and lowers battery performance. Additionally, the CNT load increase rises the overall electrode production cost (the average cost of CNT varies from €75-€400/gram). CENS has develop a cost-effective gas-based CNT dispersion process that allows for homogenous CNT application and reduced CNT loads by one order of magnitude. Our innovative approach involves the use of an ultra-sonic media to separate the Carbon Nano-Tubes and disperse them within the powdered electrode material. In this way, the enhanced electrode material, which increases battery capacity by 50%, can be produced without any degradation in the electronic mechanical properties of the battery electrodes. IonDrive is an innovative solution that will release to the world the full potential of CNT-based LIBs. The innovation has the potential to drive LIB market growth through battery cost reductions and opening new market and business opportunities.

Sector Energy Power And Electrical

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Company Name CENS MATERIALS LTD
Address HAENERGIA 77 8470912 BEER-SHEVA Israel
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/217294_en.html

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NORTHVOLT AB

NORTHVOLT ETT -LARGE SCALE BATTERY PLANT

  • 1,600 Billion
  • Sweden
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NORTHVOLT ETT -LARGE SCALE BATTERY PLANT
Company Name NORTHVOLT AB
Funded By European Investment Bank
Country Sweden , Western Europe
Project Value 1,600 Billion
Project Detail

The project concerns the promoters investments in Skellefteå, Sweden, for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cell manufacturing facility with a capacity of 16 GWh. The project is structured into two components, each consisting of a block with a manufacturing capacity of 8GWh. The advanced Li-ion cells to be manufactured at the plant will be used in batteries for transport, stationary storage and industrial and consumer applications.

Sector Manufacturing

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UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Organic Ionic Plastic Crystals Nanocomposites for Safer Batteries

  • 245,441
  • Spain
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Organic Ionic Plastic Crystals Nanocomposites for Safer Batteries
Company Name UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Funded By European Union
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 245,441
Project Detail

Nowadays, important safety concerns limit large-scale use of lithium batteries for electric vehicles and stationary storage. Despite their high ionic conductivity, conventional liquid electrolytes for lithium batteries are highly flammable and can leak out of the battery case. Safer electrolytes are needed to enable the next-generation of rechargeable batteries. The eJUMP Global Fellowship aims to develop innovative nanocomposites electrolytes based on Organic Ionic Plastic Cristals (OICPs) – a novel class of solid state electrolytes with intrinsic safety and high ionic conductivity. The eJUMP approach is to prepare composites materials from OIPCs and polymer nanoparticles – which can act both as reinforcement but also add function via a purposely designed nanoparticle interfaces. The knowledge generated by eJUMP will help to establish specific design criteria for the fabrication of this new class of solid electrolytes. The fellow – Dr. Luca Porcarelli – will carry out the research and training activities of the outgoing phase at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (Deakin University, Australia), under the supervision of Prof. Maria Forsyth. The incoming phase will take place at POLYMAT (University of the Basque Country, Spain) at the Innovative Polymer Group of Prof. David Mecerreyes. The quality of the multidisciplinary research program will broaden the scientific knowledge of the fellow and help him to set the basis for the development of a new class of products providing performance competitive with traditional electrolytes and improved safety standards.

Sector Automobiles And Autoparts

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Company Name UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Address BARRIO SARRIENA S N 48940 LEIOA Spain
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214558_en.html

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UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

FUNctionalized POLYmer electrolytes for energy STORagE

  • 2 Million
  • Sweden
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FUNctionalized POLYmer electrolytes for energy STORagE
Company Name UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Funded By European Union
Country Sweden , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

Besides the need for large-scale implementation of renewable energy sources, there is an equivalent need for new energy storage solutions. This is not least true for the transport sector, where electric vehicles are expanding rapidly. The rich flora of battery chemistries – today crowned by the Li-ion battery – is likewise expected to expand in upcoming years. Novel types of batteries, “post-lithium ion”, will challenge the Li-ion chemistries by advantages in cost, sustainability, elemental abundance or energy density. This requires significant improvements of the materials, not least regarding the electrolyte. The conventional liquid battery electrolytes pose a problem already for the mature Li-ion chemistries due to safety and cost, but are particularly destructive for future battery types such as Li-metal, organic electrodes, Li-S, Li-O2, Na- or Mg-batteries, where rapid degradation and loss of material are associated with incompatibilities with the electrolytes. In this context, solid state polymer electrolytes (SPEs) could provide a considerable improvement. The field of solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) is dominated by polyethers, particularly poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). This application regards moving out of the established PEO-paradigm and exploring alternative polymer hosts for SPEs, primarily polycarbonates and polyesters. These ‘alternative’ polymers are comparatively easy to work with synthetically, and their possible functionalization is straightforward. The work aims at exploring functionalized alternative polymer host for mechanically robust block-copolymer systems, for alternative cation chemistries (Na, Mg, etc.), for extremely high and low electrochemical potentials, and for unstable and easily dissolved electrode materials (sulfur, organic). Moreover, since the ion transport processes in the host materials are fundamentally different from polyethers, there is a need for investigating the conduction mechanisms using simulations.

Sector Renewable Energy

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Company Name UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Address VON KRAEMERS ALLE 4 751 05 UPPSALA Sweden
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214682_en.html

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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

VolThinSens. Challenging societal needs involving ions detection: New strategies for the development of Voltammetry ion Sensors based on Thin membranes

  • 19 Million
  • Sweden
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VolThinSens. Challenging societal needs involving ions detection: New strategies for the development of Voltammetry ion Sensors based on Thin membranes
Company Name KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Funded By European Union
Country Sweden , Western Europe
Project Value 19 Million
Project Detail

Modern society is evolving to a scenario in which all daily activities will be monitored using smart sensors. The provision of rapid, reliable and decentralized data is crucial and chemical sensors are current candidates for this purpose. VolThinSens puts forward an innovative sensing strategy from the ground up for reliable detection of ions addressing problems that constitute the bottleneck for the final application of electrochemical sensors in real contexts. To achieve this, the research methodology of VolThinSens involves the exploration of thin ion-sensing membranes based on new materials by using voltammetry and innovative techniques that the project will put forward for the study of the membrane robustness. The developed sensors will be interrogated using coulometry towards a calibration-free technology based on counting charges of the ion analyte that are implied in the electrochemical process. VolThinSens will provide a solution for these two challenges offering robust ion sensors with a wide application perspective within EU priorities such as “citizens’ welfare” and “protecting nature”, among others. The final demonstration of the concept is conceived as the integration of the developed voltammetric sensors for the detection of two ions with pharmacological/clinical and environmental relevance as proof-of-concept: lithium and ammonium. Thus, lithium will be detected in urine, serum and dissolution testing of pharmaceuticals and ammonium in aquatic systems. Interestingly, in situ sensing is aimed through the implementation of the ammonium sensor into a custom-built profiler ion analyser and its deployment in a lake for levels mapping in depth and time axis. VolThinSens will enhance EU excellence and competitiveness in pharmacological/clinical control as well as water issues through the provision of trustable relevant data

Sector Information Technology

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Company Name KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/215096_en.html

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Hughes Village Council

Sustainable Solar Energy for Hughes Village

  • 751,637
  • United States
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Sustainable Solar Energy for Hughes Village
Company Name Hughes Village Council
Country United States , Northern America
Project Value 751,637
Project Detail

The main goal of the project is to “solarize” the community of Hughes, Alaska, in a way that will reduce diesel consumption and costs in the community of Hughes. With this, the objective of the Sustainable Solar Energy for Hughes Tribe Project is to: Increase tribal energy security and tribal resilience through the design and installation of a 100- to 150-kW solar PV array that will produce an approximate 30% reduction in fuel use for electricity production in the community; Develop a replicable PV-diesel hybrid electric system that can be deployed in Alaska Native villages across the state; and Implement a financial model that allows for tribal ownership of such a system while not negatively affecting the payments to the community through the state of Alaska PCE program. Prior to the project, all of the electricity for the 78-member community, which is 96% Alaska Native, is produced from diesel generators at the community powerhouse and all fuel burned to generate electricity is flown into the community on 50-year-old Douglas (DC-6) planes. The project will supply electricity into the local village electric grid and provide electricity for each of the 50 buildings in the community of Hughes that have electric meters. All of these buildings will be affected by the proposed project in the form of reduced electric rates. Once completed, this project will be the largest solar PV array installed in a rural Alaskan community, will utilize industry-leading technology and microgrid expertise, and will help accomplish the stated goals of the Hughes Village Council. Specific anticipated project benefits are: Annual savings: 30% reduction in fossil fuel use, which translates to an average of $65k/year over the projects 20-year life span. Opportunity for expansion: 30% reduction in diesel use across just the communities in the Interior which burn 1.7 million gallons of diesel annually for electrical consumption, would result in a savings of 510,000 gallons of fuel each year. Tribal members trained/jobs created: This project is expected to employ up to 10 local laborers, operators, and construction workers. Reductions in emissions: The savings of a 10,494-gallons-per year reduction are: 234,855 lbs. of carbon dioxide, 6,338 lb. of nitrogen oxides, 416 lbs. of sulfur oxides, and 445 lbs. of particulate matter. Environmental impacts: Fuel reductions will result in 10,494 gallons of diesel fuel that will not need to be produced, transported to, or burned in Hughes. Step toward RPS: Hughes Tribe passed an RPS resolution that states it has a goal of 50% renewables of 50% diesel displacement by the year 2025. The project methodology will be as follows: Access the detailed historical energy use logs that are recording the electrical production at the Hughes power plant, these are recording data in 5-minute intervals, and downloading that data onto the server in the Hughes power plant. Work with consultants to design an optimal solar PV system that will allow the community to run on solar PV and batteries rather than diesel during parts of the summer. Facilitate a community-led solar PV installation and training of what is predicted to be a 100- to 150-kW solar PV installation on land identified by the Tribal Council near the power plant in Hughes . Install a lithium-ion battery bank sufficiently large to allow diesel-off operation at the Hughes power plant. Work to develop a system operations and maintenance (O&M) manual with specific maintenance tasks and estimated replacement costs in different years. Establish a financial model that optimizes the community’s benefit from the integration of solar PV and the state’s Power Cost Equalization program. Develop an O&M manual with the Hughes Village Council to ensure the future sustainability of the diesel-solar hybrid system.

Sector Energy and Power

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