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The scientific and technological cooperation of the partners in the MARS-EV consortium and their role in the project cover the complete value chain from raw material processing, scientific comprehension, technological research and battery manufacturing.

The industrial partnership was designed to combine specialty chemicals suppliers to battery manufacturers, battery pack integrator and recycler.

The research institutions and universities provide complementary skills and expertise in the relevant fields of research and development that are necessary to achieve the project objectives.

16 partners from 7 member states:

  • 5 Universities
  • 4 Research Institutes
  • 3 SME
  • 4 Large Companies


  • Fundación CIDETEC

    Fundación CIDETEC

    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). Our mission is to enhance business competitiveness and capacity for innovation through the development of new products and processes. We aim to become strategic allies of our 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.

    IK4-CIDETEC will act as coordinator (WP1) and lead dissemination (WP10). The main role of IK4-CIDETEC is to collaborate in the cathode (WP4) and specially anode (WP5) development and testing, bringing its know-how on Li-ion electrode formulation and processing in order to help the up-scaling towards the realization of cells in WP7. IK4-CIDETEC engineers will also participate in cell ageing studies and modelling in WP8.


  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology-Helmholtz Institute Ulm

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology-Helmholtz Institute Ulm

    The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) is the institution that founded — in cooperation with the 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 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), principal contributor of HIU, combines the status of University of Baden-Wuertemberg and large-scale research institute of the Helmholtz association.

    The Helmholtz-Institute Ulm (HIU) focuses on 5 main fields of Electrochemical Energy storage, namely basic research in electrochemistry, materials research, theory and modelling of (electro)chemical processes, system considerations and analytical methods. Within the group, background is present in electrochemistry and materials science and engineering, and, as support, analytical chemistry, synthetic chemistry and polymer chemistry.

    KIT will lead WP4. It will develop mainly cathode materials reaching high energy densities (>250 Wh/g) for fast charge and discharge application and to overcome the ageing phenomena. Further investigation on cathode materials with focus on Li-rich materials (WP4) will be done and modification of cathode material by coating nanosized particles will be realized (WP4). The development of electrolyte additives for application in high voltage Li-ion battery cells (WP6) as well as safety tests of cells (abuse test, ARC) (WP7) will be accomplished.


  • Politecnico di Torino

    Politecnico di Torino

    Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) was founded in 1859. It represents a leading institution, in Italy and in Europe for its competence in teaching, research and international cooperation. POLITO plays an active role in European Community research, co-operation, training, mobility and cultural programmes and has, thanks to these, increased and consolidated its relations with the major European and non European institutions. At POLITO research activities are well developed in all the engineering and architecture sectors and departments manage the research activities. POLITO takes part in many international programs, as BRITE, ESPRIT, TEMPUS, Erasmus and Prometheus. An enterprise system is strictly connected with POLITO, as demonstrated by the 630 contracts made in the last year with external companies, employing its expertise in research areas concerning the innovative materials and chemical Engineering.

    Leader of WP6: electrolyte development and characterization; WP3: requirements and specifications; WP4: cathode development and characterization; WP7: polymer electrolyte integration in large cells; WP8 thermal modelling; WP10: training, exploitation and dissemination.


  • Johnson Matthey PLC

    Johnson Matthey PLC

    Johnson Matthey is an international speciality chemicals company, founded almost 200 years ago in London. We serve our customer base from operations in over 30 countries and employ 10,000 people worldwide. Johnson Matthey business is organised into three global divisions – Environmental Technologies, Precious Metal Products and Fine Chemicals – focused on the development of high value added, high technology products and services. Our products and technologies are used to control emissions from vehicles and factories, remove unwanted impurities in oil refining processes and produce chemicals from sustainable feedstocks. We also work on fuel cell technologies for the production of clean, green electricity. Our businesses make products using precious metals and related materials and produce platinum group metal (pgm) and base metal catalysts and pgm chemicals. www.matthey.com
    Johnson Matthey’s participation will be through its Technology Centre based at Sonning Common, Reading in the UK. This central facility acts as focal point for the development of new technologies into emerging market applications. At this site, there are established facilities for advanced characterisation and testing of materials, as well as access to state of the art analytical and electron optic equipment.

    Main role is the synthesis, by flame spray pyrolysis, of technologically advanced lithium ion electrode active materials (WP4 and WP5). These materials will be fully characterised on-site.


  • SGL Carbon GmbH

    SGL Carbon GmbH

    SGL Carbon is one of the world's leading manufacturer of carbon-based products. Our comprehensive portfolio ranges from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. The core competencies of SGL Carbon include high temperature technologies as well as long-time experience in application and engineering know-how. Products of SGL are mainly used in steel, aluminum, automobile, chemical, and glass/ceramic industries, but also semiconductor, solar, battery, fuel cell and aerospace industries are among SGL’s customers. With more than 40 production sites in North America, Europe, and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries the SGL Group is a company with a global presence.
    The central research and development unit “Technology & Innovation” (T&I) of SGL Carbon is located in Meitingen (Germany). In addition to traditional applications of graphite products, T&I develops especially new carbon materials for applications where high growth potentials are expected. Here, special focus is given to carbon materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems, like batteries and fuel cells. Our portfolio includes artificial graphite and amorphous carbons as anode materials for lithium ion batteries, gas diffusion layers for fuel cells, bipolar plates and carbon felts for redox flow batteries, and graphite foils and foams for next generation battery thermal management.

    SGL as industrial partner will provide graphite anode materials to the project so that all partners have the opportunity to use the same base material with renowned and reliably high and constant quality, e.g. for benchmarking, cell production, etc.


  • Tel Aviv University

    Tel Aviv University

    Tel Aviv University is the largest University in Israel and most comprehensive institution of higher learning. With over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts, it is a major centre for teaching and research. TAU is ranked 14th in the world in terms of scientific citations, and among the top 100 universities internationally. Tel Aviv University has excellent Materials (WAMRC) and a Nanotechnology Centers. All equipment is available for the MARS-EV project. The Electrochemistry Group is led by Prof. Peled; the group is engaged in fundamental and applied research in the field of electrochemical energy storage and production, including lithium-ion batteries, lithium- and sodium-air batteries, direct-methanol and hydrogen-tribromide fuel cells. The group involves the full-time activities of 15 researchers, of whom 4 have PhDs.

    Battery specifications and Materials selection (WP3); Leader of Anode development in WP5: Development of advanced high-capacity, safe and long-cycle-life anodes for Li-ion batteries, Testing of electrochemical performance of the anodes in developed liquid and solid polymer electrolytes.


  • ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

    ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

    ENEA is a governmental, scientific and technological development organization which run research activities and provides agency services for supporting public administrations, public and private enterprises, and citizens. ENEA gets a wide, internationally recognized experience in conducting advanced programs and implementing projects in the fields of research and innovation for the sustainable development and environment safeguard. Many programs on batteries, fuel cells and advanced vehicles are underway, also in co-operation with industry, academic institutions and research organizations. Since mid-80’s ENEA is conducting research & development programs on lithium technologies for mobile and consumer applications, being involved in several national (ALADIN, MUSS, AdP ENEA-MSE) and European (LIBERAL, HyWays, Hysis, ILHYPOS, ILLIBATT, HELIOS, HCV, GREENLION) projects.

    Research and development of electrolytes (polymeric or not) containing innovative, non-volatile materials (ionic liquids). Electrolyte performance in cathodes and anodes (WP6); Cell design and testing, (WP7); Training & dissemination (WP10).




    Solvionic is a SME created in 2003. The company is expert in the design, synthesis, production and commercialization of Ionic Liquids (ILs) from lab scale to industrial scale. Expertise has been developed in order to maintain high quality of the products while scaling-up production.
    Solvionic is also intensively working in the synthesis of new materials based on ionic liquids as part of the components, as a solvent and/or template in reactions and processes which leads to new materials having specific properties. Our two main activities are then production and research and development of new materials and processes using ionic liquids.

    Our role in the project will be mainly the synthesis of ionic liquid based electrolytes: selection of the best available ILs according to requirements and delivery to partners; basic electrochemical characterisations of the ILs and electrolytes; synthesis of new ILs (including liquid, gel or polymer types) and formulation of new ILs based electrolytes according to needs of the project – delivery to partners; several generations of electrolytes (liquid and polymer types) will be generated according the feedback from project partners scale up of electrolytes from the laboratory scale to pilot plant scale if necessary.


  • LITHOPS Batteries

    LITHOPS Batteries

    Lithops Group is an advanced Lithium Ion cells developer established in Turin (Italy) in 2010.
    Lithops partners with global leading players and Universities to develop proprietary lithium batteries technology focusing on next generation active materials and assembly processes.

    Lithops role in the project is centered around lithium-ion cell assembly, starting in WP3 with cell requirements and specifications, supporting the investigation and characterization of new materials in laboratory cells and selecting the best chemistry to realize industrial cell prototypes in WP7 (Leader).


  • CEGASA - Celaya, Emparanza y Galdós Internacional, S.A.

    CEGASA - Celaya, Emparanza y Galdós Internacional, S.A.

    CEGASA INTERNACIONAL is an important business group which started as a battery manufacturer in 1934. The group is currently one of the world’s leading manufacturers of private label batteries and has experienced spectacular growth over the last decade, now commanding a strong market presence, both at home and abroad. CEGASA has an extensive sales and logistics network, operating in 8 different countries and exporting to 50 countries on the 5 continents. Throughout the last 8 decades, CEGASA has demonstrated its ability to develop and bring innovative solutions to market, putting the company at the forefront of technological development in the manufacture of consumer and portable batteries. In order to adapt to the fast growing demands of recent times, wide ranging research into new energy storage technologies is in progress within the R&D Department of the company, with special focus on 3 main technologies:
    1.- Lithium-based systems: development work on Li-ion batteries during the last 10 years has led the company to a forefront position regarding the manufacturing, integration and distribution of Li-ion batteries for EV and other applications. Research on next generation Li-ion and other high energy density systems (lithium-polymer, lithium-sulfur) are also being carried out within this line.
    2.- Zinc-Air industrial batteries: activities based on materials and processes improvement oriented to the development of rechargeable zinc systems; and 3.- Fuel Cells: development of small scale PEMFC <5kW, for portable and stationary applications.

    CEGASA will lead the technical coordination of the project (WP2). CEGASA will mainly contribute their expertise as battery manufacturer with electrode scale-up and assembly of cells in WP7. CEGASA will also participate in the validation of the new cells by providing inputs for the automotive cell requirements and specifications (WP3), LCA and recycling of the cells (WP9) and ensuring the exploitation of the project results (WP10).


  • CTP - Centre Technique de I'Industrie des Papiers, Cartons et Celluloses

    CTP - Centre Technique de I'Industrie des Papiers, Cartons et Celluloses

    CTP is the French industrial research centre for the pulp & paper industry with a staff of 130. The turnover (2011) of 11.7 millions € relies on 40% funding by the French Ministry of Industry and 60% through research contracts. CTP’s main mission is to develop and transfer technical and scientific knowledge toward pulp & paper, printing and converting industry through: research expertise and facilities at both laboratory and pilot-plant levels, interaction with pulp & paper, printing & converting industries, a close co-operation with the other pulp & paper research institutes in Europe and world-wide and with national research laboratories (Grenoble-INP, CNRS, CEA, INRA).

    Main role is within WP7 for the development of a high performance and extended life paperbased packaging suitable for pouch cell packaging.


  • Imperial College London

    Imperial College London

    Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities and located in the heart of London, Imperial College is a science and engineering based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

    IMPERIAL will develop within WP8 microstructurally rich models of battery electrode materials developed by partners, that can be used to explore the impact of various duty cycles on material lifetime as a function of the materials, the microstructure and the cell design, and the results compared to those from experiment in WP4, WP5 and WP6. This modelling approach will also allow a deeper understanding of the evolution of the interface electrode/electrolyte involved in ageing phenomena.


  • Fraunhofer ISE (FhG ISE)

    Fraunhofer ISE (FhG ISE)

    The Fraunhofer ISE is the biggest institute for research on solar energy in Europe with more than 1000 employees. In the department involved in the project we are able to draw from 30 years of experience in the field of testing, modelling and development of battery system technology.

    Most of the work will be carried out in WP8.
    Development of a cell model including electrical, thermal and ageing characteristics for one cell type
    Development of methods for state of charge and state of health estimation including a possibility for prognosis of end of life
    Development of a battery pack model including thermal issues
    Model reduction
    Development of a control strategy for increasing life time by addressing charging strategies, depth of discharge, design, control of the cooling, derating.


  • OBU - Oxford Brookes University

    OBU - Oxford Brookes University

    Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences occupies a strong position in automotive and motorsports engineering and provides a range of professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s programmes. Our focus is to provide world class, high quality teaching and applied research. We participate in leading edge projects such as the MINI-E and advanced engine design, and are recognised for our research excellence.

    Leader of WP9. OBU will contribute its expertise in automotive recycling and LCA analysis to WP9. In particular it will build on the results obtained in the TSB battery recycling feasibility study carried out with Axeon.




    RECUPYL Ltd is a spin-off of University of Grenoble, established in 1994 for development of process in the field of recycling. RECUPYL is specialised in the development and industrial implementation of recycling technologies. These technologies, based on hydrometallurgy, support the transformation of waste into valuable materials for re-use, thus closing the loop. They use processes with low energy consumption and no CO2 emissions.
    RECUPYL has already proved the success of its technology for recycling portable batteries that has led to a portfolio of 10 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).

    Starting from the 15 years experience in battery recycling in general and 10 years in lithium ion batteries, the company will participate in WP9:
    Concerning recycling and end-of-life management moving from scraps to raw materials (mainly for hazardous and/or strategic materials like lithium).
    Also giving proposal in eco-conception for easy and safe dismantling used batteries allowing to have a final product with the label DESIGN FOR RECYCLING.


  • Johnson Matthey Battery Systems

    Johnson Matthey Battery Systems

    Johnson Matthey Battery Systems, formerly Axeon, is Europe’s foremost producer of Li-ion battery packs and systems for EVs and currently the UK’s market leader in large commercial vehicle battery technology. Axeon has a strong track record in designing, developing and manufacturing complete large-scale lithium-ion battery systems for EVs; Axeon have produced commercial batteries for Allied Vehicles and Modec for a range of delivery vehicles, and believe that we have more EV batteries on European roads than any other manufacturer. Axeon is also working with a leading European automotive manufacturer to supply and integrate an advanced, lightweight battery pack for a pioneering plug-in hybrid vehicle. In addition, Axeon have designed, produced and delivered several prototype Lithium-ion batteries for a very diverse range of Electric Vehicles and Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

    Leader of WP3: JMBS will support other partners to review technical specification and requirements in order to meet technical goals. JMBS will also perform detailed electrochemical and thermal cell characterisation and key performance parameters determination in WP7 and support WP8 supplying specific test data from WP7 as well as other general Li-ion cell degradation data from other experience. With the background as battery pack manufacturer, JMBS will also support Life Cycle investigation and associated implications due to production and use of final product. Identify the potential recycling routes and preferred processes and technologies (WP9).