ECO SMARTBATT

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Sustainable 4.0 manufacturing of nanocomposites and ionogels for energy-dense batteries.

 

Consortium:

  • FERROGLOBE INNOVATION S.L
  • ABCR LABORATORIOS, S.L.
  • ENSO INNOVATION S.L
  • ARTABRO TECH S.L.
  • FUNDACIÓN CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO DE INVESTIGACIÓN MULTISECTORIAL

 

OBJECTIVE:
The main objective of the project is to significantly improve the energy density, cost and sustainability of lithium-ion batteries thereby facilitating the transformation of the transport sector towards sustainability, decarbonisation and emission reduction.

This will be achieved through:

  • Novel research in sustainable and smart manufacturing of advanced active and inactive materials and their synergistic combinations for the different components of the electrochemical cell (anode, electrolyte and separators) and,
  • Research in monitoring, control and simulation technologies to design new, more efficient and cost-effective production processes for the different materials and electrochemical cells to be obtained during the project.

GRANT AGREEMENT: IN854A 2020/04

 

TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET: 2.752.750,98€

This project is granted by the Galician Innovation Agency in the framework of the 2020 call of the “Fábrica del futuro, fábrica inteligente y sostenible de la industria 4.0” aid programme. The grants awarded under this programme have been co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under Axis 1 (Promoting research, technological development and innovation) of the ERDF Galicia 2014-2020 operational programme.  The project is supported by theVicepresidencia Segunda and Consellería de Economía, Empresa e Innovación.

 

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ENSO’S PROGRESS IN THE ECO-SMART BATT PROJECT

First and second annuity (2020-2021)
In the first months of the project, ENSO has carried out works related to the research and optimization of the process of obtaining nanoparticles; and in their application in anode materials, electrolytes and separators. These have been used, together with all those investigated within the framework of the project, for cell assembly and electrochemical testing.

In addition to the optimization of the processes to obtain nanoparticles, the evaluation of the drying stages, looking for a balance between energy consumption and nanoparticle quality, has been taken into account.

The preparation of anode material, electrolytes and separators based on this material has been started, testing their performance by assembling button cells and the corresponding electrochemical evaluation. Their performance has been evaluated against commercially available materials.

Third year (2022)
In the third year of the ECO-SMART BATT project, ENSO has continued with the work of studying and obtaining nanomaterials; preparation of electrochemical cell components, assembly of the cells and their electrochemical testing, going deeper into the preparation of the electrochemical components. Thus, progress has been made in obtaining composites based on nanosilicon and nanocellulose, seeking a high synergy between both types of nanoparticles. Likewise, we have made further progress in obtaining cellulose-based separators, confirming the feasibility of preparation from percentages of 10% of nanoparticles up to 100% of the same. Finally, progress has been made in the preparation of inks with the different materials of the consortium, reaching capacities between 310-330 mAh/g in reference cells. The micro/nanosilicon-based cells provided promising values.

Avances de ENSO en el proyecto ECO-SMART BATT