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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-GC-MATERIALS
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Funding Scheme

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

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)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 399 645
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefania Panero (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 251 957
Address
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fausto Croce (Prof.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 288 412
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Hofling (Ms.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 37 523,66
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefano Passerini (Prof.)
ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 369 652
Address
Meitnerstrasse 1
70563 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens (Dr.)
CHEMETALL GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Trakehner Strasse 3
60487 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Burkhard Mengel (Dr.)
VOLKSWAGEN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 243 350
Address
Berliner Ring 2
38440 Wolfsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Hoffmann
CELAYA,EMPARANZA Y GALDOS INTERNACIONAL, S.A.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 98 780
Address
Calle Artapadura 11
01013 Vitoria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Igor Cantero (Dr.)
INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF HANYANG UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

South Korea
Address
Haengdang-dong Seongdong-gu 17
133-791 Seoul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yang-Kook Sun (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 136 338
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matthias Maurer
STENA RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 23 034
Address
Fiskhamngsgatan 8B
400 40 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marta Bergfors (Ms.)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 204 181,50
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Zane (Mr.)
ROCKWOOD LITHIUM GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 13 693,50
Address
Trakenhner Strasse 3
60487 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Blechschmied (Mr.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 302 973,34
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Ott (Ms.)