A solid consortium has been created out of various partners with different interests and expertise. The consortium involves a joint collaboration with multi-disciplinary and complementary experts arriving from 12 partners distributed over 6 European countries.
Coordinated by BlueSolutions, PSIONIC will beneficiate from the expertise of all the value chains for designing then manufacturing solid-state batteries, ranging from several of the best academic laboratories in Europe to industrial partners who will bring their own knowledge to this ambitious program.
BlueSolutions is part of Bolloré Group, a large French family-owned company with a turnover of 20B€. For more than 25 years BlueSolutions design and produce battery cells and modules based on Lithium Metal Polymer all solid-state technology. With its two plants in Quimper (France) and Montreal (Canada), BlueSolutions and its 500 employees, masters the entire value chain at industrial scale of its production.
Accurec is a German SME company, founded in 1995 with its primary target to constitute the consumer battery recycling market in Germany. Using first time vacuum thermal treatment technology for recycling, Accurec has implemented a zero-emission plant for recycling batteries containing hazardous elements (Nickel-Cadmium batteries). After upscaling and expansion, other battery types (Li-ion, NiMH) are also treated by Accurec. Today Accurec is a continuously growing, branch leading company. Accurec has been awarded several times for its innovative resource efficiency technology (Ecopol 2013, German Resource Agency 2012). Within PSIONIC, ACC will focus on the recycling of novel solid state Li-ion batteries.
ARMOR BATTERY FILMS (ABF) is a subsidiary of the ARMOR GROUP based in Nantes (France). This entity is specialized in coated current collector development and manufacturing for use in Li-ions battery or supercapacitors. Those innovative product permit to increase battery electrical performances (by enhancing electron mobility at the electrode current collector interface) as well as their lifetime (by enhancing electrode/current collector adhesion and protecting collector from chemical degradation). ABF’s facilities include laboratory as well as roll to roll coating machine permitting to design, develop and characterize formulation (in liquid form and after coating) and to test system (coin cells).
Within the PSIONIC project, ABF will be involved mainly in WP3 and 4 by designing and develop new tailor made coated current collector for the PSIONIC system.
CLERENS is a leading public affairs and communications consultancy based in Brussels, specialised in advocacy, political and regulatory risk assessment, public funding, strategic communications, event management, project management and association management. CLERENS was founded in 1991 and manages EU projects focusing mainly on energy, environment, climate and mobility. Within the PSIONIC Consortium, CLERENS is responsible for leading the Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation activities of WP6, promoting the visibility and impact of the project and disseminating project findings to a wide range of stakeholders.
CNRS is a French state-funded science and technology centre under the French Ministry for Research with around 32,000 agents. It aims at enhancing the advancement in science and technology research to contribute to the scientific, social, economic and cultural progress of France.
UPJV (University of Picardie Jules Verne) is a public university located in Amiens (France) and welcoming 32,000 students per year in 133 courses in Arts, Humanities, Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, and Science, Technology, Health. From the Bachelor to the doctorate, the teaching is supported by its 36 research laboratories in Sciences, Health, and Human and Social Sciences. More than 760 teacher-researchers at the UPJV are committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century, by leading/collaborating on large-scale European or international research projects. Our areas of excellence: energy autonomy, mobility, digital technology, e-health, environment, agro-resources, bio-economy, social innovation, culture and heritage.
The LRCS is a joint-research laboratory (between CNRS and UPJV) on energy storage and conversion. More than 90 researchers are working on today's and tomorrow's batteries, photovoltaics and hydrogen storage. Within PSIONIC, LRCS will address ink formulation and positive electrode manufacturing by extrusion as well as the laboratory prototype fabrication. The laboratory will also contribute its experience in the synthesis and characterisation of materials, particularly those based on polymers.
The National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) is a scientifically excellent, established, and breakthrough research institution. With cutting-edge research, the NIC is enriching the global treasury of knowledge by solving the most pressing challenges facing society including health, sustainable energy, climate change, a circular economy, and safe food. NIC successfully transfers knowledge to industry and, in the long-term, supports science's role in developing.
NIC is a WP3 leader responsible for the development of electrode formulations and understanding interfaces, more specifically for the development of cathode composites with NMC particles and the development of protection layers for lithium metal or anode less approach. NIC is involved in the WP1 through the benchmarking of new literature; in the WP2 through characterization of properties on the interfaces of the polymers developed and in the WP4 by measuring and evaluating full cells with impedance spectroscopy.
Founded in 1859, Politecnico di Torino is a center of excellence for education and research in engineering, architecture, design and planning, and a leading institution in Italy and in Europe in the field of technical-scientific research, with a yearly budget of about €300 million and over 33,000 students enrolled in academic courses of different levels, Bachelor, Master of Science, PhD, etc. (15% international). PoliTO was awarded by the EC with the label “HR Excellence in Research” (2013), recognizing its commitment in offering to researchers coming from all over the world a positive and challenging environment. PoliTO is part of some of the major EU interuniversity networks, such as CESAER, CLUSTER, EUA, Sefi, T.I.M.E., and can count on a great experience in scientific projects and administrative management. Within PSIONIC, PoliTO is mainly focused at developing solid-state polymer electrolytes, their advanced characterisation and interactions at the electrode/electrolyte interfaces, as well as their impact on transport mechanisms, cell performance, and degradation parameters, also supporting to the optimal design of polymers for scale-up and formulation of electrodes and interfaces.
The RENAULT Group is an international multi-brand group, selling more than 2.7 million vehicles (142,753 electric vehicles) in 38 countries in 2021, with 40 industrial sites, 13,000 points of sales and employing more than 156,466 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and Lada, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. By 2022, the Renault line include 5 electric models and 12 electrified models.
Within PSIONIC, REN is involved mainly in WP1, 4 and 5 through the definition of characterization methodology, the evaluation of prototypes and the environmental performance through Life Cycle Assessment.
SPECIFIC POLYMERS is a SME Design office with 27 employees acting as R&D service provider and scale up producer in the field of functional monomers, polymers and materials with high specificity. The company was created to meet the need of R&D departments of international industrial groups in terms of specifically designed monomers, polymers and materials. The main goal of the innovative products developed by SPECIFIC POLYMERS is, in close collaboration with the customers, to validate proof of concepts. In more than 17 years, SPECIFIC POLYMERS developed the synthesis of more than 10 000 functional building blocks, monomers and polymers and is now working with more than 500 customers and partners in more than 50 countries worldwide. Innovative Products developed by SPECIFIC POLYMERS are used for a very wide range of applications such as functional surface coatings (glass, metal, metal oxides, nanoparticles, plastics), construction industry, aeronautic, automotive (paint, tires, sealant, gaskets), pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, optoelectronic, optic, water treatment, metal extraction, energy (fuel cells, solar cells or lithium batteries).
As leader of WP2 of PSIONIC project dealing with the development of next generations of all-solid-state polymer electrolyte materials, SP will have the opportunity to bring its knowledge in the design of innovative building-blocks and polymers as well as in the synthesis of single-ion conductors with super-delocalized anion structures.
University of Naples Federico II (UNINA) is the largest public academic institution in the south of Italy. UNINA participation in PSIONIC involves the Laboratory of Multiscale Simulations for Chemistry and Materials (www.musichem.unina.it) that has a two-decade experience in modelling heterogeneous functional materials for energy conversion and storage. The team will exploit the theoretical and computational capabilities of MUSICHEM. The research group is composed by four faculty members, two postdoctoral fellows and four graduate students. The main research lines involve (i) developing ab initio tools for complex systems, (ii) predicting spectroscopic properties of molecular and inorganic systems and (iii) design of new functional materials for renewable energies.
The Ångström Advanced Battery Centre (ÅABC) of Uppsala University, Sweden, involves the full-time activities of ca. 100 researchers: PhD students, postdocs, researchers and professors. It is the leading research environments for the development of electrochemical storage materials and advanced battery technology in the Nordic countries. The focus of research is on commercial Li-ion and next-generation batteries. The expertise lies in synthesis of electrode and electrolyte materials, electrochemical and materials testing, and development of characterization techniques. ÅABC also has vivid activities on multi-scale modelling of batteries and battery materials, spanning from materials modelling to electrochemical simulations, which also constitutes the core of the contributions to PSIONIC.
Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) at the University of Münster is one of the foremost battery research centres in Germany and one of the leading drivers of top-level research internationally. The research done at MEET covers the entire supply chain of batteries: from analytics and the development of new or improved materials to battery cell production and the recycling of energy storage devices. Within the PSIONIC Consortium, MEET is responsible for the lithium metal anode engineering, the development of anode-less current collectors and the preparation of negative electrode for prototype cells. Afterwards the researchers will evaluate the quality of recycled lithium and verify that it can be reused as-recuperated.