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24 October, 2013 · MARS-EV Meeting

MARS-EV project kick-off meeting held in Donostia-San Sebastián on 22-23 October 2013

The project coordinated by IK4-CIDETEC will extend over four years and count on a budget of more than 9 million Euros to design materials and processes for a new generation of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles in Europe.

MARS-EV aims to overcome the ageing phenomenon in Li-ion cells by focusing on the development of high-energy electrode materials (250 Wh/kg at cell level) via sustainable scaled-up synthesis and safe electrolyte systems with improved cycle life (> 3000 cycles at 100%DOD). Through industrial prototype cell assembly and testing coupled with modelling, MARS-EV will improve the understanding of the ageing behaviour at the electrode and system levels. These activities will allow a 50% increase of mileage per charge, as well as an increased lifespan of the batteries, under strict environmental criteria including life cycle analysis to minimize environmental impact and specific recycling processes aimed at retrieving more than 50% of materials.

As one of the highlights of the project launch, on October 22, a workshop was held bringing together representatives of major Basque energy companies and members of the project. The essentially industrial vision was provided by leading companies participating in the MARS-EV project, such as Johnson Matthey (UK) on materials for batteries, CEGASA (ES) with insight into their plans for the manufacturing of lithium ion batteries in Vitoria-Gasteiz, or Recupyl (FR), a company specializing in the recycling of batteries.

The international consortium of the MARS-EV project is composed by a total of 16 companies and R&D organizations that will work together throughout the entire value chain, all the way from basic materials to manufacturing and environmental management of all the processes involved in the battery life-cycle.

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