Inventing the Sustainable Batteries of the Future
The European large-scale research initiative BATTERY 2030+ presents the long-term research roadmap that outlines the actions needed to invent the sustainable batteries of the future.
BATTERY 2030+ suggests three overarching themes needed to invent the sustainable batteries of the future. The three themes are: I) Accelerated discovery of battery interfaces and materials; II) Integration of smart functionalities; and III) Cross-cutting areas.
- Accelerated discovery of battery interfaces and materials is essential to secure new sustainable materials with high energy and/or power performance and that exhibit high stability towards unwanted degradation reactions. Special attention must be paid to the complex reactions taking place at the many material interfaces within batteries.
- Integration of smart functionalities will enhance the lifetime and safety of batteries. BATTERY 2030+ suggests two different and complementary schemes to address these key challenges: the development of sensors probing chemical and electrochemical reactions directly at the battery cell level, and the use of self-healing functionalities to restore lost functionality within an operational battery cell.
- Cross-cutting areas such as manufacturability and recyclability need to be addressed early in the discovery process. Can the new materials be upscaled in a sustainable way? Can we recycle the new cell concepts suggested in Theme II? Manufacturability is addressed from the perspective of the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0. Digitalisation tools will be developed utilising the power of modelling and of AI to deliver solutions to replace classical trial-and-error approaches for manufacturing
Download the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap “Inventing the Sustainable Batteries of the Future”.