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New Concept of Metal-Air Battery for Automotive Application based on Advanced Nanomaterials

New Concept of Metal-Air Battery for Automotive Application based on Advanced Nanomaterials

Objective

The aim of NECOBAUT Project is to develop a new concept of battery for automotive based on a new metal/air technology that overcomes the energy density limitation of the Li-ion battery used at present for Electrical Vehicles. Some metal/air cells were developed in the past, but did not give the demanded requirements for commercial use. Two decades of improvements in materials for electrodes, electrolytes and batteries and mainly in nanomaterials have helped for developing a battery that should fulfil the requirements of the car industry. The technology that is developed in the project addresses mainly the design and manufacturing of both electrodes of the battery: the negative electrode composed by the selected metal, and the air cathode with the catalyst supported on a carbonaceous material. Air is necessary for running the battery and allows having a very light battery, which is essential for the automotive industry. Another important advantage is the low cost of the materials used for manufacturing the battery: the selected metal, carbon support electrode and potassium hydroxide as electrolyte. All these materials are recyclable.

The consortium is composed of 8 partners (3 IND, 2 Universities and 3 RTD) covering the complete value chain: battery manufacturer, nanomaterials development (i.e.; nanocatalys, additives and support materials such us carbon), modelling and simulation for cells and batteries design, scaling-up, safety and risks studies for batteries.

A proof-of-concept metal/air cell is manufactured and tested in the project. In addition, the battery concept is validated for automotive application. Although the main market for the battery developed by NECOBAUT is the car industry, it could be also used for stationary electricity storage (photovoltaic and wind farms, and buildings).
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Address

Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700
48160 Derio Bizkaia

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 563 555

Administrative Contact

Alberto García-Luis (Mr.)

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 362 889,75

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 294 960

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 198 514,80

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 196 832,25

TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 199 441,50

IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 226 549,70

SAFT BATERIAS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 78 270

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314159

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 067 332,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 121 013

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain