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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).

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-GC-MATERIALS
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)
Spain

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto García-Luis (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 563 555

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 362 889,75
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Mrs.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 294 960
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agatino Nicita (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 514,80
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hedges (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL ET DES RISQUES - INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 196 832,25
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valérie Mahieux (Ms.)
TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 199 441,50
Address
Avenida De Burgos 89 Complejo Adequa Edificio 6
28050 Madrid

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Sierra (Mr.)
IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND LTD.
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 226 549,70
Address
Strada Industrie
6743 Bodio

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Hucke (Mr.)
SAFT BATERIAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 78 270
Address
Avenida Fuente Nueva - Nave 15 12
28709 San Sebastian De Los Reyes Madrid

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquin Chacon (Dr.)