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Towards the next generation of high performance li-ion battery cells

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Urban
Total project cost
€7 995 015
EU Contribution
€7 995 015
Project website
Project Acronym
NEXTCELL
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport electrification (ELT)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The lithium-ion battery market is a rapidly growing industry that supplies rechargeable batteries for a wide range of applications, from portable electronic devices to electric vehicles. The EU-funded NEXTCELL project team aims to develop a revolutionary gel cell concept for high-capacity, high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. NEXTCELL's approach, led by the EV industry, and involving leading EV manufacturers across the value chain, will address the three key parameters hindering further market penetration of EV batteries. Lithium: costs, safety and sustainability.

Objectives

The Li-ion battery (LIB) market is now entering a period where energy density improvements and cost reductions are levelling off for the current generation 3a. To continue with this trend while keeping pace with the increasing industry demands for cost reduction, user-friendliness of electric vehicles and safety, breakthrough innovations at material level and cell design are needed. Within this context, NEXTCELL overarching goal is to provide a new 3b LIB cell generation for both high capacity and high voltage applications developing and validating a ground-breaking gellified cell concept.

Methodology

The project workplan revolves around a three dimension-based methodology: (i) Prototyping the gellified cell concept up to TRL6 (20Ah), (ii) Modelling the gellified cell concept, and (iii) Evaluation of technical, safety, sustainability, and costs improvements. 
NEXTCELL’s approach will not only provide Europe with cutting edge 3b cells but will also tackle three key parameters hindering a greater market penetration of LIBs technology: (i) Costs: optimising its manufacturing processes, reducing capital and operating costs of future Giga-factories by avoiding evaporation of solvents and the electrolyte-filling step. (ii) Safety: Producing intrinsically safe cells, avoiding the presence of low boiling point components in cell components. (iii)  Sustainability: Reducing energy consumption by 50% against SoA and avoiding the use of toxic organic solvents (NMP). 
The project is led by the electric vehicle industry, from the project coordination by FEV (leading vehicle and powertrain international service provider) to key industry manufacturers along the value chain, such as SOLVAY (polymer, binders, and separators), ABEE (cathode production), VARTA (LIB manufacturer) or CRF (research centre for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group). Thus, NEXTCELL has a solid determination towards fast and successful commercialisation of the novel cell design and its new components after the project.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.9 - Energy Storage
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-02 Advanced high-performance Generation 3b (high capacity / high voltage) Li-ion batteries supporting electro mobility and other applications (Batteries Partnership)

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Fev Europe Gmbh
Address
Neuenhofstrasse 181, 52078 Aachen, Germany
EU Contribution
€296 988
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Nanomakers
Address
1 RUE DE CLAIREFONTAINE, 78120 RAMBOUILLET, France
EU Contribution
€440 625
Organisation
AVESTA BATTERY & ENERGY ENGINEERING
Address
LAMBROEKSTRAAT 5A, 1831 DIEGEM, Belgium
EU Contribution
€1 533 245
Organisation
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Address
STRADA TORINO 50, 10043 ORBASSANO, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€260 250
Organisation
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE INGOLSTADT
Address
ESPLANADE 10, 85049 INGOLSTADT, Germany
EU Contribution
€352 328
Organisation
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
RUE LEBLANC 25, 75015 PARIS 15, France
EU Contribution
€874 559
Organisation
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION COOPERATIVA DE ENERGIAS ALTERNATIVAS FUNDACION, CIC ENERGIGUNE FUNDAZIOA
Address
CALLE ALBERT EINSTEIN 48 PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE ALAVA, 01510 MINANO ALAVA, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€496 650
Organisation
Sintef As
Address
STRINDVEGEN 4, 7034 TRONDHEIM, Norway
EU Contribution
€351 823
Organisation
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS EUROPE SL
Address
CALLE DE SILVA 2 PISO 2 PUERTA 3, 28013 MADRID, Spain
EU Contribution
€231 187
Organisation
Solvay Sa
Address
RUE DE RANSBEEK 310, 1120 BRUXELLES, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€948 315
Organisation
VARTA INNOVATION GMBH
Address
STREMAYRGASSE 9, 8010 Graz, Austria
EU Contribution
€415 993
Organisation
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Address
CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24, 10129 TORINO, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€366 250
Organisation
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Address
CAMINO DE VERA SN EDIFICIO 3A, 46022 VALENCIA, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€250 125
Organisation
Nanocyl Sa
Address
Rue De L'essor 4, 5060 Sambreville, Belgium
EU Contribution
€268 750
Organisation
INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Address
RUA DR ROBERTO FRIAS 400, 4200-465 PORTO, Portugal
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€374 188
Organisation
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Address
KONGRESNI TRG 12, 1000 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€299 990

Technologies

Technology Theme
Electric vehicle batteries (and energy management)
Technology
Lithium-ion batteries with novel anode/cathode materials
TRL
TRL 6
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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