BATTERY 2030+ Inventing the sustainable batteries of the future

BATTERY 2030+ At the heart of a connected green society


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November, 2020

The vision of BATTERY 2030+ is to invent the sustainable batteries of the future, providing European industry with disruptive technologies, and a competitive edge throughout the value chain, that will enable Europe to take the lead in battery science and technology

This newsletter gives you an update on what's going on within the initiative.
Enjoy your reading!


A moment with Kristina Edström,
Director of BATTERY 2030+

We are up and running! The BATTERY 2030+ initiative is now kick-starting with its first seven Horizon 2020 projects. BATTERY 2030+ will work on research to develop the sustainable batteries of the future in line with our roadmap presented earlier this year. With new ideas and concepts and by providing new tools and innovations we hope to accelerate the finding of new battery materials and integrate smart battery functionalities. We will also be part of shaping the future educations by providing new curricula for all levels of needs in society.
This Pan-European effort will of course collaborate with other battery research projects at the European and National levels – some of them also of considerable size and ambition. At present, we are firmly working as partners in the European Batteries Partnership and with the ETIP Batteries Europe not to forget the important industrialisation initiative European Battery Alliance.

Thank you for supporting the BATTERY 2030+ initiative and being a part of our battery community! You are now over 1,400 stakeholders that have endorsed the initiative and the network keeps growing. Together, we are becoming a strong community in Europe that can make a difference and push the frontiers of battery research and innovation forward.

BATTERY 2030+ kick-off

On October 14 the BATTERY 2030+ had its kick-off gathering all the seven projects comprising the initiative. The day gave us an opportunity to hear more
about the European battery ecosystem and the different BATTERY 2030+ research projects.
You can find the presentations from October 14 on the BATTERY 2030+ website.
As you know, the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap identified a number of research
areas and the six research projects that are now up and running will work on
four of them and with recyclability and manufacturability as cross-cutting topics.
We are also firmly positioned in the discussions about the new European
Batteries Partnership which is under formation and actively inviting members to join.


The BATTERY 2030+ projects

From September the BATTERY 2030+ initiative comprises seven projects with
a total budget of 40.5 million euros. This collaborative effort will work towards the goals identified in the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap. In addition all projects will contribute to improved data handling and sharing, guidelines for experimental protocols as well as
new curricula to educate a skilled workforce and suggestions for new R&I actions.

Here are short presentation of each of the projects. More in depth information
can be found on the BATTERY 2030+ website.


BATTERY 2030PLUS is a coordinating support action which coordinates
the BATTERY 2030+ initiative which comprises the research projects presented below.

The purpose of this coordination is to build a strong research environment to realise the goals described in the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap and to invent the sustainable batteries of the future. Some other exampels of joint activities are: protocols
for data handling and data sharing, curricula for new educational and skill efforts, communication aspects and also the formulation of new R&I actions in the field
of battery research.

We will also monitor the progress of the different projects in relation to our
BATTERY 2030+ roadmap and keep the roadmap up to date
identifying additional needs and gaps.

The BATTERY 2030PLUS consortium with 23 partners is coordinated by
Kristina Edström Uppsala University, Sweden.


The largest project will work on creating a European data infrastructure for accelerated battery discovery and development which is theme one of the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap.


The name of the largest research project is BIG-MAP project with 34 partners.

BIG-MAP aims to reinvent the way we
invent batteries and to develop core modules and key demonstrators of a Materials Acceleration Platform
specifically designed for the accelerated discovery of battery materials and
interfaces. BIG-MAP relies on the development of a unique R&D
infrastructure and accelerated
methodology that unites and integrates insights from leading experts,

competences and data throughout the battery (discovery) value chain with
Artificial Intelligence (AI),
high-performance computing (HPC),
and autonomous synthesis robotics.

The BIG-MAP project is coordinated by
Tejs Vegge, DTU, Denmark.


There are two projects focusing on self-healing capabilities within our theme developing smart battery functionalities.


The BAT4EVER project is developing a
new type of damage-tolerant and element loss-compensating Li-ion battery basing
on self-healing polymers integration silicon anodes, core/shell structured cathodes
and polymerized electrolytes. The project
is studying physical, chemical and
structural dignity of these innovative components by employing advanced
and in-situ characterization techniques
and by constructing atomistic models of electrode surfaces and electrode/
electrolyte interface and using static and dynamic DFT methods. The BAT4EVER prototypes are assembled under dry room conditions and comprehensively validated for their environmental performances and suitability long-term usage under real-time application in envisaged field. The self-healing BAT4EVER batteries are safer
and durable and retain more energy than today’s batteries relying on the
introduced sophisticate healing echanisms.

The BAT4EVER project is coordinated by
Maitane Berecibar, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, VUB, Belgium


The HIDDEN project is developing self-healing processes to enhance the lifetime and to increase the energy density of Li-metal batteries by 50% above the level achievable with current Li-ion batteries. HIDDEN will develop novel self-healing thermotropic liquid crystalline electrolytes and piezoelectric separator technologies, investigate both technologies with
protective additives, and apply multiscale modelling means for electrolyte design
and analysis algorithm to monitor the dendrite growth.

The HIDDEN project is coordinated
by Marja Vilkman, VTT, Finland.


There are also three complimentary projects investigating sensors at a much more detailed level than existing today. This is also part of our research theme on smart battery technologies.


INSTABAT will develop four embedded physical sensors (optical fibers with Fiber Bragg Grating and luminescence probes, reference electrode and photo-acoustic gas sensor) and two virtual sensors (based on electro-chemical and thermal reduced models)
in order to perform reliable in operando monitoring (time- and space-resolved) of
battery cell key parameters and correlate their evolution with the physico-chemical degradation phenomena of the cell. INSTABAT is intended to improve the battery functional performance and safety, thanks to enhanced Battery Management System (BMS) algorithms providing in real-time higher accuracy States of Charge, Health,
Power, Energy and Safety cell indicators (taking the measured and estimated
parameters into consideration). INSTABAT will deliver a proof of concept of smart
sensing technologies and functionalities integrated into a battery cell and their
interfaces with the BMS. INSTABAT will in particular focus on the following
two key use cases: cycling at extreme conditions and high-power charging for
Electric Vehicles (EV) applications.

The INSTABAT project is coordinated by Maud Priour, CEA, France.


SENSIBAT’s overall objective is to
develop a sensing technology for Li-ion batteries that measures in real-time the internal battery cell temperature,
pressure (e.g. mechanical strain, gas evolution) conductivity, and impedance (separately for the anode, cathode and electrolyte). The data and insights from these new sensing technologies will be
used for the development of improved
state estimator functions based on an improved understanding of how, where,
and when degradation and failure mechanisms occur. These functions
will be included in the Battery
Management System.

The SENSIBAT project is coordinated by Jon Crego, Ikerlan, Spain.


The SPARTACUS project aims to develop a multifunctional sensor array technology
for various types of batteries combined
with an advanced battery management system ensuring improved charging behaviour and maximized battery lifetime. The optimized detection of battery health and battery function will make it possible
to recharge in a safe but fast way – much faster than before. The project will focus
on mechanical and acoustic sensors complemented by temperature sensors
and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

The Spartacus project is coordinated by Gerhard Domann, Fraunhofer ICS, Germany.



Several of our BATTERY 2030+ members have recently received prestigious awards. BATTERY 2030+ congratulate all of you!

Professor Martin Winter, University of Munster, was recently awarded the Alessandro Volta Medal for his
pioneering research in electrochemistry.
The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
awards this prize every two years for outstanding research work in the field.
The ECS nomination text is: for the “outstanding achievements in advanced battery materials and cell designs,
and exemplary leadership in national
and international cooperative research programs”.
Our internationally renowned scientist
has already published more than 700 articles in peer-reviewed journals,
books and conference proceedings.

Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon,
College de France, has been awarded
the 2020 Balzan Prize for Environmental Challenges: Materials Science for Renewable energy. The motivation is:
“For his exceptional contributions to
basic and applied research in the field
of electrochemical energy storage.
For his work that led to the rapid development of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, and which improved
our ability to manage electricity
produced by intermittent renewable
sources. For his drive in developing
sodium-ion batteries.”

Professor Kristina Edström, our
coordinator, was awarded with a
gold medal by the Royal Swedish
Academy of Engineering Sciences
for her battery research aiming for the
world to come closer to a solution for
energy storage, which is of outermost importance for the society.


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