The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has announced that it is coordinating a Horizon Europe project worth more than €5 million to develop innovative tools and methods to enable better, safer and recyclable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
LIST noted that the European Union (EU) aims to position itself at the forefront of the global battery industry by improving and transforming both industry operating methods and the rate of technology evolution. The Batteries Partnership (BATT4EU) initiative is working towards boosting European competitiveness in the sustainability and circularity of the entire battery value chain. This is a public-private partnership, established under Horizon Europe (the EU's key funding programme for research and innovation), between the European Commission and the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA), which comprises battery stakeholders within the European research community.
The initiative will, according to LIST, both directly and indirectly benefit cross-sectoral domains in which batteries are a key cornerstone of technology, for example e-mobility, power grids, alternative sources of energy, smart cities, drones, electronics and medical devices.
In this context, an international team led by LIST recently received €5 million in funding from the European Commission and a further €0.7 million from Switzerland to develop innovative tools and methods to investigate interfaces in Li-ion batteries.
The project, called OPINCHARGE, is coordinated by Dr Santhana Eswara, a Lead R&T Associate within the Materials Research and Technology department at LIST. The project brings together eight world-leading academic institutions, research and technology organisations and two businesses, with partners located across Europe. The project aims to develop advanced characterisation methods and tools to investigate solid-state interfaces in Li-ion batteries under operando or in-situ conditions at an unprecedented level of detail.
More specifically, within this collaboration, LIST will develop ion and electron beam-based prototype nanoanalytical instruments to perform operando and in-situ analyses of existing and future battery interfaces.
"We are very excited and are looking forward to launching the OPINCHARGE project to develop advanced methods to analyse battery interfaces during operation. These new methods will provide crucial insights that are needed to develop safe, durable and sustainable battery technologies of the future," said Dr Eswara.