CEA is a French government-funded technological research organization. With more than 15,000 researchers and co-workers, its activities cover four main areas: Energy, Defence & security, Health & information technologies, and Fundamental research. Located in Grenoble, the Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (LITEN) is around 1,000 people working on energy R&D (fuel cell, batteries, biomass, and solar application). CEA-LITEN has a unit dedicated to energy for transport application (Department of Electricity, Hydrogen and Transport, DEHT) which has more than 10 years experiences in new materials for Lions batteries.
TEKNA is specialized in the development and manufacturing of induction plasma equipment dedicated to powder production (nanopowders and spherical micron size powders). TEKNA develops specific plasma equipment for nano-materials production which could be used in a wide range of applications (energy, aeronautic, space, medical, electronics…). The plasma technology could be used to develop materials with specific structure (particles, nano-rod, nano-wire or nano-tube) and controlled chemistry (control of the stoichiometry).
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) founded, in cooperation with University of Ulm and supervises the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU). Associated partners are the German Aerospace Center (DLR), also member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW). The Helmholtz-Institute Ulm (HIU) focuses on 5 main fields of Electrochemical Energy storage and possesses background in electrochemistry and materials science, and, as support, analytical chemistry, synthetic chemistry and polymer chemistry, all of which applied to Li battery research and, in particular, electrolyte development.
WAVESTONE is a leading consulting firm advising private companies and public institutions on strategy, organisation and management consulting. We rely on a force of 2.500 employees, spread across 4 continents, with the capacity to operate in a synchronized manner across all of our locations. Within WAVESTONE, the Innovation Management & Funding (IMF) department is specialized in assisting companies and public institutions with all aspects of public funding granted for complex projects. The team of 45 specialists is spread across Europe and combines local, national and EU coverage of funding programmes. WAVESTONE’s specialists combine several decades of experience in setting-up complex projects, obtaining public funding for them and then managing administrative and collaborative matters in order to ensure smooth operation and reporting. In the field of R&D and innovation, WAVESTONE’s IMF experience has been applied to consortia ranging from 4 to 35 partners, with public funding ranging from 1 to 25 million Euros, granted from leading European and national programmes (FP7, H2020, IMI, ENIAC, LIFE, Eco-innovation, structural funds, etc.).
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the leading university in Germany and Europe (Shanghai ranking: 53), has approximately 36.000 students, whereas nearly one third are female and about 20% are foreign students. Within the Spicy project the Institute for Electric Energy Storage technologies (EES) and Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb) are participating. Both institutes are cooperating since three years in Lithium-Ion battery topics, mainly related to cell manufacturing, cell design, simulation and manufacturing processes.
beLife is a Belgian company established in 2012, joint venture between Prayon (B, 51%) and Umicore (B, 49%). The scope of beLife is the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of phosphate based materials for rechargeable batteries. beLife started its development effort in 2008, transferring a technology for low cost, robust production process for LiFePO4 from CEA. On top, in order for beLife to be able to sell its products, it acquired in May 2012 a license from Hydro-Quebec for global manufacturing and sales of LiFePO4 and other phosphate based cathode materials. Since 2013, beLife is producing and commercializing LiFePO4 materials for Li-ion batteries thanks to a first production unit (100 tons/year capacity) located in Belgium.
Empa is a materials science and technology research institution. It belongs to the ETH domain and as such is an important element in science, technology and education in Switzerland. It specializes in applications focused research and development, and provides high-level services in the field of sustainable materials science and technology. Its core tasks are innovative collaboration with industry and public institutions, ensuring the safety of people and the environment, knowledge propagation and university-level teaching. In recent years Empa has continuously increased its scientific output.
IK4-CIDETEC, a Technology Centre belonging to the IK4 Research Alliance, specialises in generating and transferring knowledge and technology in the areas of Materials (Nanomaterials, Biomaterials and Sensors), Surfaces (Ceramic and Metallic Coatings, Surface Processing) and Energy (Batteries, Fuel Cells and Materials for Energy systems). CIDETEC mission is to enhance business competitiveness and capacity for innovation through the development of new products and processes. CIDETEC aims to become strategic allies of their clients, helping them define their innovation strategies and providing information and technology solutions that add value to their businesses. IK4-CIDETEC had an annual turnover of 10M€ in 2013 and at the present time employs a highly qualified staff of 125 people, 50% of them PhDs.
PROLLiON designs, develops and manufactures customized lithium-ion cells and battery systems for the most demanding applications in terms of safety, performance, volume, weight and usage. PROLLiON offers innovative technology solutions, researched in partnership with the CEA, providing an outstanding performance/weight/volume ratio, significant autonomy, resistance to severe environments. PROLLiON fully designs and manufactures its battery systems, from cells to energy management electronics, including mechanical integration along the way. By controlling the whole value chain, PROLLiON integrates safety into its processes every step of the way, from the selection of raw materials to delivery of the battery system and, especially, the choice of inherently safe electrochemical solutions.
Located in the heart of Plastics Valley (Oyonnax) which weighs 12% of the French plastic industry, PEP is the French plastic injection moulding technical centre. Founded in 1989 by the major French plastic converters, PEP employs 80 plastic specialists including 25 researchers, and has a turnover of 8.5 M€. PEP’s mission is to provide to the industrialists of the Plastic sector means, expertise and services with high added value. It offers R&D activities (collaborative projects or private contract), benefits (business services) and industrials diffusion.
Hahn Schickard a non-profit R&D institute at Stuttgart and since 1998 working predominantly in packaging and assembling technology for micro-systems using polymer devices, in particular Molded Interconnect Devices (MID). In 2013 the budget was 3.500 TEuro including 27 % basic funding from the state of Baden-Württemberg. In 2013 Hahn Schickard employed 46 people among them 25 researchers and 16 highly skilled technical staff people. Hahn Schickard performs research and development in the fields of packaging and assembly for miniature devices and of miniaturized sensors and actuators using polymer devices, in particular MID. Hahn Schickard takes part in public research programmes and performs research and development in contracts with the industry.
As independent and customer-oriented research organisation, VITO provides innovative technological solutions as well as scientifically based advice and support in order to stimulate sustainable development and reinforce the economic and social fabric of Flanders. VITO will contribute to the SPICY project its experience and knowledge on ageing modelling, prototype evaluation and lifecycle analysis activities.
RECUPYL Ltd is a spin-off of University of Grenoble, established in 1994 for development of process in the field of recycling technologies. RECUPYL has already proved the success of its technology for recycling portable batteries that has led to a portfolio of 5 patents in recycling of industrial wastes including primary and secondary batteries. Those technologies are now mature and several already licensed and implemented in 6 facilities around the world (France, Spain, Poland, UK, USA and Singapore). RECUPYL has 15 years’ experience in battery recycling in general and 10 years in lithium ion batteries, as first R&D project was carried out during FP5 as coordinator. This project was a full success and disseminated in several countries at industrial license level. The company coordinated also 3 demonstration actions under EC support.
Forschungszentrum Jülich founded, in cooperation with University of Muenster and RWTH Aachen University the Helmholtz Institute Muenster (HI MS, ‘Ionics in Energy Storage’) which is dedicated to electrolyte research for energy storage. HI MS focuses on five different types of electrolytes: solid cationic, solid anionic, liquids, polymer and hybrid. The main domain of application is lithium and Li-ion batteries, fuel cells and new energy storage electrochemical technologies.