Maritime energy storage specialist Corvus Energy has become a partner in the €9.4m (US$11.1m) European Union (EU) battery research project Hydra, which has been initiated through the Horizon 2020 innovation program to develop the next generation of sustainable, low-cost, energy-dense lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicle (EV) applications.
The project is coordinated by SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest research organizations, and taps 12 partners across Europe whose expertise spans the battery value chain—from materials to end use in electric vehicles (EVs) and marine vessels.
Dr Simon Clark, project coordinator and research scientist from SINTEF, explained, “The cost and lifetime of electric vehicles are largely determined by the battery pack, which can be heavy and expensive. Hydra is developing advanced battery materials, cell designs and manufacturing methods to address these challenges in a sustainable way.”
Corvus Energy said its primary contribution and project focus will be advanced battery characterization as well as performance and lifetime modeling. “We are humble to be recognized as one of the battery technology experts in such a prestigious research project and we are excited to work alongside the other project partners,” noted Lars Ole Valøen, chief technology officer at Corvus Energy.
“By collecting high-level expertise from across the value chain to collaborate on such a comprehensive scope, will create the momentum needed to accelerate the development toward the next-generation batteries free of critical raw materials. For Corvus, this means we can shorten the time to market for more sustainable, higher performing batteries at a lower cost for our customers.
“We will also be able to further develop advanced characterization methods and cell modeling framework which will improve battery sizing algorithms and lifecycle analysis for our systems in addition to improved services through our customer portal.”
The project began in mid-September and is expected to take place over a four-year period.