The European Union — as part of its Horizon 2020 research + development program — is launching a new project centered on the effort to bring lithium-sulfur battery technologies to commercial readiness, according to recent reports.
The new €6,899,233 ($7.6 million) collaboration, ALISE (Advanced Lithium Sulfur battery for xEV), aims to achieve the creation of a stable 500 watt-hour/kilogram lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cell by 2019.
The project calls for the development of all key components of the battery cell — a cathode, anode, and the electrolyte — and is intended to finish with a vey lightweight 17 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery to be tested for use on both tracks and also public roads. Leading, managing, and coordinating the research effort will be the organization LEITAT.
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Initial materials research will be scaled up during the project so that pilot scale quantities of the new materials will be introduced into the novel cell designs, delivering advancements over the current state-of-the-art. Activities will be focused on the elaboration of new materials and processes at TRL4.
The largest single funding award to the 15 participating partners goes to UK-based Li-S battery company OXIS Energy (€953,025 / US$1,050,000), which has already achieved 325 Wh/kg with its Lithium-sulfur technology. OXIS will lead the work to develop the anode, the critical area needed to achieve high cycle life. Aided by LEITAT, The Technical University of Dresden, Polito and C-Tech Innovation, OXIS will develop both anode coatings and alternatives to the pure lithium used today.
The cathode and electrolyte are also set to be developed by OXIS; with aid from Fraunhofer IWS + Solvionic. Following these developments, work will be done to bring things up to the pilot production scale level.
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