European Commission logo
English English
CORDIS - EU research results

Long LAsting BATtery

Project description

New-generation, powerful, rechargeable nickel-zinc battery

Energy security, autonomy and sustainability are amongst the most pressing goals in Europe today. There is a growing need to shift away from using fossil sources for clean, renewable energy sources. Battery energy storage systems enable an increasing use of technologies supporting intermittent renewable electricity generation. They create new demands on the grid, but several advancements in sustainability and competitiveness must be made. In this direction, the EU-funded LOLABAT project aims to develop a novel and promising battery chemistry – a rechargeable nickel-zinc battery. This is envisioned to have very high energy and power densities and low costs. It will be environmentally friendly, using abundant, available raw materials and non-toxic elements and having high recycling potential.


Transition to renewable energy sources (RES) is a critical step to slow down the climate changes, to overcome the energy crisis and to ensure energy independence between different regions of the world. Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are currently seen as important technological enablers for increasing the absorption of RES into the electric grid. However, improvements in their performance, cost competitiveness and sustainability should be achieved. For EU, the complete batteries value chain and life cycle has to be considered, from access to raw material, over innovative advanced materials to modelling, production, recycling, second life, life cycle and environmental assessments. LOLABAT’s 17 stakeholders aim to develop a new promising battery chemistry, RNZB (rechargeable NiZn Battery). The RNZB presented and developed during LOLABAT will have energy and power densities both the highest just after Li-ion batteries, cost the lowest just after the Lead-acid battery, while profiting from abundant and available raw materials, non-toxic elements, high safety, low risk of thermal runaway, limited environmental impact and high recycling potential. The ambitions (2024 and after) of LOLABAT are: further increase of the cycle life of NiZn (to at least 4000 cycles at 100% DoD be the end of project), development of NiZn for grid applications and its preparation for a production in Europe, by increasing its TRL via upscaling of capacity, design and integration of BMS and sensors built up in battery packs, testing and demonstration in stationary energy storage applications via six use cases in utility grid and industrial sites, its preparation for a future industrialisation by realisation of life cycle and life cycle cost analyses, recycling studies, assessment of norms, standards and grid compliancy, realisation of business model and market studies and finally an extensive dissemination and communication of the project results and NiZn technology.

Call for proposal


See other projects for this call

Sub call



Net EU contribution
€ 302 426,25
95011 Cergy-Pontoise

See on map

Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Val-d’Oise
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 302 426,25

Participants (20)