The SeNSE consortium consists of 11 partners, including 5 companies, 2 universities, and 4 research institutes. It has been assembled to provide a strong unit to achieve the project’s objectives, paving the way for the development of a competitive next generation battery technology.
As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. Empa’s R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas.
The University of Münster with 40’000 students is one of Germany’s leading institutions of higher education. The electrochemical storage research at WWU is concentrated in the MEET Battery Research Center (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology). MEET comprises an international team of around 140 scientists who are working on the research and development of innovative electrochemical energy storage devices with high energy density, longer durability and maximum safety.
The Helmholtz Institute Münster is part of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research of Forschungszentrum Jülich with branch divisions in Aachen, Jülich and Münster. At HI-MS, research and development of new battery technologies is pursued, particularly including novel electrolytes from five different electrolyte classes and their applications in electrochemical energy storage systems.
Coventry University has a new Powertrain Group based at the Centre for Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), which is part of the Institute for Future Transport and Cities. The group brings together existing CU expertise in thermal fluids, with academics in energy storage, power electronics and electric machines. In total the new group comprises of 21 full time academics making it one of largest UK based academic team conducting E-mobility research. C-ALPS also includes a partnership with FEV which includes co-investment in CU facilities.
The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH is Austria’s largest non-university research institute with more than 1250 employees and more than 50 years of experience in laboratory development, research and accredited testing. Among the European research institutes, AIT is a specialist in the key infrastructure topics of the future. AIT provides research and technological development to realise essential innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the low-emission transport field.
Solvionic is an SME specialized in the design, synthesis, production and commercialization of Ionic Liquids (ILs) from lab scale to industrial scale. The main market of Solvionic is electrochemical devices and particularly electrochemical energy storage systems. Solvionic has around 200 different products, including ILs, metal salts and electrolyte formulations made of the combination of those specific products. Solvionic’s production facilities and strategy allow fast and reliable scale-up of its products, to commit with industrial needs.
FPT Motorenforschung AG is one of the worldwide 7 research and development centres of CNH Industrial Powertrain. It is involved in the most important and pioneering projects of CNH Industrial’s Powertrain Segment with a focus on further improving existing and developing fundamentally new technologies. FPT Motorenforschung AG takes a leading role among the R&D centres when it comes to boosting innovation and development of new technologies on combustion engines for on- and off-road applications.
Northvolt is building the next generation lithium-ion battery factory with a new concept focusing on scale, vertical integration and highly controlled manufacturing. The execution is fundamentally different compared to current battery production facilities. Northvolt is dedicated to creating a circular system, and have the highest ambitions for life cycle management. Its approach covers cradle to grave. Building the factory in Sweden, given its carbon free power base, will enable Northvolt to rely on fossil free and inexpensive energy.
Enwires was founded in 2016 in Grenoble. The company produces new advanced materials for Li-ion batteries. Enwires has developed an innovative method for the mass manufacturing of high-qualitysilicon nanowire-based materials at a low production cost. Enwires material SiBoost™ provides faster charging and increases the volumetric energy density of the cell, therefore, allowing longer range. SiBoost™ is an advanced anode material that is compatible with all types of carbonaceous materials including all graphites and hard carbons.
Huntsman Corporation is a global chemical producer and marketer with a revenue of > 9 billion US$ in 2018. Huntsman Advanced Materials, formerly Ciba-Geigy Polymers, is a global leader for polymer materials, offering innovative industrial solutions for adhesives, composites, encapsulating, casting, coatings and surface engineering since more than 70 years. Their major brand is Araldite®, a trademark used for the extensive range of high-performance and standard epoxy resins. Furthermore, many other brands were created, based on extensive formulation know-how.
ZSW’s focus of research and development is on Lithium-ion batteries, super-capacitors, fuel cells and thin film photovoltaic. ZSW has established a pilot-line for technical development of electrode coatings and cell assembling for 18650 and small stacked pouch cells, and, runs a research-production line (FPL) for the manufacture of PHEV1 prismatic hard case cells. By covering the whole value-chain from fundamental material development and scale-up to the research production of large cells, safety and performance test labs, ZSW has a unique position in the battery research community.