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DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH ENERGY/HIGH POWER DENSITY SUPERCAPACITORS FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH ENERGY/HIGH POWER DENSITY SUPERCAPACITORS FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

Objective

Supercapacitors are essential in electric vehicles for supplying power during acceleration and recovering braking energy. High power and sufficient energy density (per kilo) are required for both an effective power system but also to reduce weight. There are several issues to achieve a high performance/low weight power system that need to be addressed by various groups of scientists and engineers in an integrated framework. In this proposal, we have assembled a multidisciplinary Consortium of leading researchers, organisations, highly experienced industrialists, and highly active SMEs to tackle the problems. As a result, we are aiming at developing supercapacitors of both high power and high energy density at affordable levels by the automotive industry, and of higher sustainability than many current electrochemical storage devices. These targets will be achieved by integrating several novel stages: (a) computer simulations to optimise the power system and the design of the supercapacitor bank for different supercapacitor models, representing the different supercapacitor cells to be developed and tested in this project; (b) we shall use carbon-based electrodes to reduce the amount of rare and expensive metals; (c) we shall use electrolytes of high operating voltage to increase both power and energy density, although the problem is that they have large ions that reduce the effective surface area of porous electrodes due to low diffusivity; (d) in this case, innovative electrode structures will be developed based on combinations of high surface area/large pore activated carbon electrodes and low resistance carbon fibrous materials or carbon nanotubes; graphene will also be investigated.(e) novel methodologies will be developed to integrate the innovative electrode materials in the fabrication process for manufacturing large supercapacitors. These will be tested both at small-scale, and in realistic electric car test rig tests, and be cost and life-cycle-assessed.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

Address

Stag Hill
Gu2 7xh Guildford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 213 294,13

Administrative Contact

Sue Angulatta (Ms.)

Participants (8)

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MAST CARBON INTERNATIONAL LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 526 220,50

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 401 871

BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 184 638,40

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 445 350

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 315 572,25

Oerlikon Graziano SpA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 061,60

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 326 100

AGM BATTERIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 310 487,12

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266097

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 July 2014

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 434 732,31

  • EU contribution

    € 3 974 595

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom