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New permanent magnets for electric-vehicle drive applications

Objective

The future of road transport is electric - within the foreseeable future, pure electric vehicles (EVs) will populate our roads. Vital to the success of this transition is improved, next-generation motors based on improved magnetic materials; which provide high levels of flux at elevated temperatures, while retaining resistance to reverse magnetic fields and the corrosion problems associated with running electric motors in an automotive application. Currently, these magnets are based on the rare-earth elements neodymium and dysprosium, which are predominantly mined in China (>95%). Exports are being restricted as a result of an expanding domestic market and a policy of relocating magnet manufacturing to China, thereby multiplying the costs of raw materials for magnet manufacturers in Europe. The rare-earth crisis is particularly critical for heavy rare earths such as dysprosium that are currently required to assure the high-temperature performance of magnets. MAG-DRIVE will research and develop novel microstructural-engineering strategies that will dramatically improve the properties of magnets based on light rare-earth elements, especially the coercivity, which will enable them to be used for EV applications above 100°C. These magnets will also be designed-to-recycle, with an emphasis on reducing conventional rare-earth magnets’ need for easily oxidising grain boundaries. The project will integrate these magnets into motors that have increased efficiency, with a system developed by VALEO for integration into their next generation of pure EV motor. The MAG-DRIVE project includes leading research groups from Slovenia, Serbia and the UK, together with SMEs from Slovenia and Germany and VALEO, and will deliver materials and systems with increased energy efficiency over a wide range of temperatures and operating conditions as well as reducing costs and dependency on imports for next-generation electric vehicles.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 482 063,84
Administrative Contact
Jadran Lenarčič (Prof.)

Participants (6)

VALEO EQUIPEMENTS ELECTRIQUES MOTEUR SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 380 258
Address
2 Rue Andre Boulle
94000 Creteil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Hamon (Dr.)
DR. KOCHANEK ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 602 008,16
Address
Freiheitsstrasse 57
67434 Neustadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Kochanek (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 411 344,80
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
MAGNETI LJUBLJANA PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO MAGNETNIH MATERIALOV DD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 169 704
Address
Stegne 37
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Irena škulj (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTRY, TECHNOLOGY AND METALLURGY
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 207 270
Address
Njegoseva 12
11000 Belgrade
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dana Vasiljevic-Radovic (Dr.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 296 351,20
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Greg Dow (Mr.)