Workstream 2: Battery Cells

This workstream focuses both on research, development and innovation (RDI) and first industrial deployment (FID) for new and innovative battery cells. More specific, the objectives are to enable a large-scale competitive production of next-generation LIBs by large-scale FID activities and a “pre-industrialization” of all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) for automotive and industrial applications. Further, first industrial deployments of innovative redox flow batteries (RFB) for stationary applications and ultracapacitors, to be applied in power functionalities in mobile and stationary applications, are planned. This WS aims at ensuring innovative production processes – including energy efficiency and sustainable processes –, ambitious performance characteristics (referring to energy density, charging rate, cycling ability and safety), competitive costs, and functional targets of future electrified mass mobility and battery cell demand within the EU.

The production processes targeted as part of the WS will allow the manufacturing of equipment for innovative and energy-efficient production employing novel processes like dry coating or battery cell formation procedures to reduce the CO2 footprint and match the European energy transition objectives. Additionally, the implementation of large-scale competitive production (> 12 GWh/a) of LIB-cells based in Europe supplying the automotive and other key industries are addressed. Another main objective of this WS is the digitization of the battery factory, where novel approaches in the context of industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence are considered.