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

Objective

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.
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.

Coordinator

FEV EUROPE GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 296 988,75
Address
Neuenhofstrasse 181
52078 Aachen
Germany

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (16)

Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

FEV FRANCE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 233 750,00
Address
11 Rue Denis Papin Zone Industrielle De Trappes El
78197 Saint Quentin En Yvelines

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
AVESTA BATTERY & ENERGY ENGINEERING
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 533 245,13
Address
Lambroekstraat 5a
1831 Diegem

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
SOLVAY SA
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 948 315,00
Address
Rue De Ransbeek 310
1120 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
NANOMAKERS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 440 625,00
Address
1 Rue De Clairefontaine
78120 Rambouillet

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 250 125,00
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3a
46022 Valencia

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 366 250,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
SINTEF AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 351 822,50
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 374 187,50
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias 400
4200-465 Porto

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION COOPERATIVA DE ENERGIAS ALTERNATIVAS FUNDACION, CIC ENERGIGUNE FUNDAZIOA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 496 650,00
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 48 Parque Tecnologico De Alava
01510 Minano Alava

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Araba/Álava
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 874 559,30
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
VARTA INNOVATION GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 415 992,50
Address
Stremayrgasse 9
8010 Graz

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Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 260 250,00
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
NANOCYL SA
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 268 750,00
Address
Rue De L'essor 4
5060 Sambreville

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Région wallonne Prov. Namur Arr. Namur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Net EU contribution
€ 299 990,00
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana

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Region
Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS EUROPE SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 231 187,29
Address
Calle De Silva 2 Piso 2 Puerta 3
28013 Madrid

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE INGOLSTADT
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 352 327,50
Address
Esplanade 10
85049 Ingolstadt

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Bayern Oberbayern Ingolstadt, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00