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European Consortium for Lithium-Sulfur Power for Space Environments

Objective

For space missions, the energy density of batteries is a key factor of systems mass.
A recent battery technology, based on this Lithium-Sulfur chemistry and developed by OXIS Energy, has shown promising results, particularly in terms of specific energy and cycling performances. Lithium-Sulfur batteries could become the next breakthrough technology for space batteries, with a factor of two on the specific energy compared to the current Lithium-Ion products.
ECLIPSE ambition is to channel the research activities in Europe and, as a spinning-in effort, ensure that the harsh space constraints are taken into account for the further improvements of the Li-S technology. This research action aimed at developing Li-S technology for space applications focusing on three levels:
- Cell level studies, including research to optimise the four main cells components: anode, cathode, separator and electrolyte to achieve 400Wh/kg cells compatible with space cycling profiles.
- Battery and encapsulation level, including prototyping and theoretical studies.
- System level studies for integration in satellite and launcher architectures, taking into account the economic constraints and the future technical challenges.
The expected outcomes of ECLIPSE are:
- Mass reduction of batteries by a factor two.
- Costs reduction at all levels: subsystem, system and launching costs.
- Maturation of the technology (TRL 5 expected at the end of the project).
The main impacts of this research are related to competitiveness (lighter is cheaper), non-dependency and innovation: beyond current markets, this breakthrough can enable new challenging missions.
The impact of the project is secured by the composition of the consortium led by Airbus Defence and Space with the main European actors of the Lithium-Sulfur electrochemistry and space batteries: ECLIPSE will contribute to the consolidation of an independent European industrial supply chain for Lithium-Sulfur batteries.
Project duration is 24 months.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
Address
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 187 235

Participants (8)

OXIS ENERGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 916,25
Address
Culham Science Centre E1
OX14 3DB Abingdon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 133 056,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 133 797,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
SAFT
France
EU contribution
€ 95 013,75
Address
26 Quai Charles Pasqua
92300 Levallois Perret
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPACETEC PARTNERS SRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Avenue Louise 66
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLVAY SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 38 000
Address
Rue De Ransbeek 310
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 39 935
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 38 000
Address
Antoninska 548/1
601 90 Brno Stred
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments