To successfully implement the energy transition and to store regenerative energy, better batteries are required. The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ brings together leading scientists and companies from all over Europe to achieve major progress in battery science and technology. It is scheduled for a duration of ten years. The preparation project for BATTERY 2030+ will start in March. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a partner of this consortium. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Advanced Li-ion & Beyond Li-ion Batteries 2018-2028.
The aim of BATTERY 2030+ is to develop more powerful batteries and cutting-edge technology for European industry. Batteries are crucial to the sustainable storage of energy from renewable sources and, hence, to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In future, new generations of extremely powerful, reliable, safe, sustainable, and inexpensive batteries will be required. Apart from KIT, five European universities and eight research centers are involved in the consortium of BATTERY 2030+. "We will contribute to all central topics, in particular to accelerated development of materials," says Professor Maximilian Fichtner, Head of the Energy Storage Systems Group of KIT's Institute of Nanotechnology. The chemist also is Deputy Director of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm and Scientific Director of the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST for short). CELEST pools the know-how of 29 institutes of KIT, Ulm University, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). It is the biggest research platform in the area of electrochemical energy storage in Germany.
"BATTERY 2030+ is about changing the way we have done research and development, for example by including Artificial Intelligence (AI)." Fichtner points out. AI-based data evaluation of a large number of samples produced by robots might reveal the behavior of certain materials and answer the question of how a material has to be structured to exhibit certain properties. "By pooling European expertise in these areas, we have the chance to be among the world's leaders in battery development and to be competitive with groups in the USA and Asia," Fichtner adds. He also coordinates the Cluster of Excellence "Post Lithium Storage" (POLiS) acquired by KIT and Ulm University within the Excellence Strategy launched by the federal government and the federal states.
The BATTERY 2030+ research initiative is coordinated by Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden. "With BATTERY 2030+, we address all challenges encountered in the manufacture of high-performance batteries," the scientist says. "For this purpose, we will establish a platform to more rapidly detect new battery materials by means of machine learning and artificial intelligence. We are particularly interested in the interfaces in batteries, where reactions take place that adversely affect the battery's service life. We will design smart functions of the complete system down to the battery cell level and pay particular attention to sustainability," Edström adds. "The duration of ten years of the BATTERY 2030+ initiative gives the partners the planning security needed in science when shaking at the foundations of the process," Maximilian Fichtner emphasizes.
Source and top image: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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