Modular and reusable EV battery for environment-friendly and lightweight mobility

  • Energy storage
  • Smart energy management

IREC takes part in the European MARBEL project that is developing an innovative and competitive lightweight battery with increased energy density and shorter recharging times with the objective to accelerate the mass market take-up of electric vehicles.

MARBEL is a H2020 funded project that stands for “Manufacturing and assembly of modular and reusable EV battery for environment-friendly and lightweight mobility”.  The project has a total budget of 11.7M€ and will run for 42 months.

Specifically, MARBEL will design, develop and demonstrate a new compact, modular, weight-optimized and high-performance battery pack with longer life, greater energy efficiency in charging and energy use based on a robust and flexible battery management system (BMS) along with ultra-fast battery charging and cooling. Modularity will make possible to streamline repair, servicing and recycling processes, while preserving the value of new batteries and reducing hazards for operators and environmental impact.

IREC contributes to the MARBEL project with the development of a flexible advanced BMS with enhanced functionalities aimed to improve the battery operation and its safety. Its flexible architecture yields a system adaptable to several cell chemistries and different battery pack size and voltage, thus, applicable to a large range of electric mobility solutions.

The MARBEL consortium brings together 16 partners from eight countries. The consortium is formed by six research centres (EURECAT, the project’s coordinator, Energy Research Institute of Catalunya (IREC), SINTEF, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems ICCS Athens, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt and Fraunhofer), one automotive engineering company (IDIADA Automotive Technology), two SMEs (Powertech Systems and OTC Engineering); one OEM (Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF)) and five component manufacturers (FICO-TRIAD and AVL Thermal, HVAC and AVL Italia, ASAS Aluminyum Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, Agrati and Tes-Recupyl).

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 963540.