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Lithium Sulfur Superbattery Exploitating Nanotechnology

Lithium Sulfur Superbattery Exploitating Nanotechnology

Objective

This project is aimed to the identification and development of nanostructured electrode and electrolyte materials to promote the practical implementation of the very high energy lithium-sulfur battery. In particular, the project will be directed to the definition and test of a new, lithium metal-free battery configuration based on the use of lithiated silicon as the anode and a nanostructured sulfur-carbon composite as the cathode. It is expected that this battery will offer an energy density at least three times higher than that available from the present lithium battery technology, a comparatively long cycle life, a much lower cost (replacement of cobalt-based with a sulfur-based cathode) and a high safety degree (no use of lithium metal). All the necessary steps for reaching this goal are considered, starting from material synthesis and characterization, exploiting nanotechnology for improving rate capability and fast charging, the fabrication and test of large scale prototypes and to the completion of the cycle by setting the conditions for the recycling process. A team of experts have been selected as partners of the project, including a number of academic laboratories, all with worldwide recognized experience in the lithium battery field, whose task will be that of defining the most appropriate electrode and electrolyte nanostructures. The project will benefit by the support of a laboratory expert in battery modeling to provide the theoretical guidelines for materials’ optimization. Large research laboratories, having advanced and modern battery producing machineries will be involved in the preparation and test of middle size battery prototypes. Finally, chemical and battery manufacturing industries will assure the necessary materials scaling-up and the fabrication and test of large batteries and particular attention will be devoted to the control of the safety and to definition and practical demonstration of its most appropriate recycling process.
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Coordinator

SAPIENZA INNOVAZIONE CONSORZIO

Address

Viale Regina Elena 295 Pal Uff Complesso Regina Elena
00161 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 210 400

Administrative Contact

Stephen Trueman (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 399 645

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 957

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 288 412

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 37 523,66

ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 369 652

CHEMETALL GMBH

Germany

VOLKSWAGEN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 243 350

CELAYA,EMPARANZA Y GALDOS INTERNACIONAL, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 98 780

INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF HANYANG UNIVERSITY

South Korea

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 136 338

STENA RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 23 034

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 204 181,50

ROCKWOOD LITHIUM GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 13 693,50

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 302 973,34

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314282

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    31 August 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 744 684,13

  • EU contribution

    € 2 579 940

Coordinated by:

SAPIENZA INNOVAZIONE CONSORZIO

Italy