Towards innovative and Sustainable High Voltage Li-ion Cells for Next Generation Batteries

IntelLiGent project _ Innovative and Sustainable High Voltage Li-ion Cells for Next Generation (EV) Batteries
  • Energy storage

IntelLiGent project is a Horizon Europe funded project that stands for” Innovative and Sustainable High Voltage Li-ion Cells for Next Generation (EV) Batteries”.  

The kick-off meeting of IntelLiGent project is taking place today 15th September and tomorrow in  Trondheim (Norway).

Currently, the lithium-ion batteries’ energy density, charging capacity and longevity is satisfactory, but there is a need for further development to, among other things, attain a more affordable production and a lower carbon footprint from the produced battery cells. Manufactures, suppliers and the public are interested in making batteries more accessible and sustainable, while at the same time making them more efficient and having higher energy density, giving electric cars longer range – for example.

IntelLiGent answers to the need for general public acceptance of Electric Vehicles (EV), by facilitating the industrial deployment of next-generation Li-ion batteries allowing for an increased driving range, fast charging capabilities, low cost and increased safety.

The project will eliminate the use of cobalt and natural graphite and reduce the need for nickel in the battery cells. Instead, they will use an advanced high voltage lithium nickel manganese oxide together with a synthetic silicon graphite composite using renewable energy and therefore has a low CO2 footprint.

The actual production of battery cells will take place through sustainable processing where solvents are replaced with water in the production of the electrodes inside the battery. In addition, the project will focus on advanced development of electrolytes and innovative concepts to prevent capacity loss in the batteries.

The new lithium-ion battery will be piloted and scaled up to industrial production for use in electric vehicles. The project will result in strengthening of the European battery value chain by developing European industries with leading-edge technologies on battery materials, and allowing for accelerated roll-out of electrification for mobility

IntelLiGent consortium includes key EU actors in the battery and EV sector : Volkswagen participates in the project as an active industrial advisor. Norwegian Vianode is also an industrial partner, together with Custom Cells, Millor Battery, Haldor Topsøe A/S and E-Lyte Innovations. The independent research institute SINTEF coordinates the project and in addition, AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya participate as research partners together with associate partners Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology and the University of Oxford.

The project IntelLiGent is funded by the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon Europe with 6.8 million euros and will last for 3 years.

IREC will contribute with Haldor Topsøe A/S to optimize the high voltage spinel in terms of stability (aqueous processing) and capacity. IREC brings expertise on energy material synthesis and characterisation, electrode aqueous processing and battery testing with post-mortem analysis. IREC will also contribute to optimize the battery management system to maximize cell life and performance. IREC will work on sustainability with focus on recycling together with EURECAT in the framework of BATTECH, the R&D reference centre for batteries in the south of Europe established by the two institutions.   

Several IREC researchers are engaged in this project: Lluis Trilla, from the Power Systems group, Jordi Jacas and Prakasha Kunkanadu from the Energy Storage, Harvesting and Catalysis group; Andreu Cabot and Xingqi Chan from the Functional Nanomaterial and Gabriela Benveniste from the Energy Systems Analytics group.

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