An Alliance for Ultrahigh Performance Batteries

An efficient management structure is key to the creation of a successful platform. Prof. Kristina Edström will handle the overall Consortium Management, while each THEME and CC will have its own leader from academia or industry - depending on its function. The Consortium Manager and the THEME and CC leaders will have regular meetings to facilitate cross-fertilization between the different topics and thematic areas.

Themes

Broad THEMES within BASE from where focused projects will be selected: 

Emerging concepts
Emerging concepts, defined as all possible battery chemistries, which can lead to ultra-high performance, will be embraced.

The Smart Battery Cell
The purpose of applying smart functionalities at material- and celllevel is to achieve longer life, better SOH and RUL predictions, more reliable aging models, safer systems, etc.

Modelling and characterisation hand-in-hand
Better experimental and theoretical tools are needed for understanding the underlying processes that jeopardize lifetime and safety of battery cells (and consequently the batteries comprising these cells), and to shorten the time of discovery of new battery materials.

Cross-cutting activities

These three THEMES are embedded in five Cross-Cutting Activities:

CC1. Sustainability. Sustainability and circular economy will permeate all activities. Every project started must be subjected to assessment of the “green” potential. Prof. Svanström from Chalmers will focus on LCA of various materials and cell concepts studied within the Centre. The goal is to direct development efforts to give the greatest environmental gains whilst securing resources and reducing dependence on imported raw materials for the battery.

CC2. Gender. Ass.Prof. Anita Hussénius from the Center of Gender Research/UU will work directly with SweBAL in integrating gender perspectives into the activities.

CC3. Communication and outreach. Assoc. Prof. Reza Younesi (coordinating), Prof. Alexandar Matic, and Prof. Göran Lindbergh will be responsible for communication and outreach activities in the Centre.

CC4. Innovation: Requirements and risk assessment. Theme leader: a specially appointed innovation officer from UU Innovation or from the industrial partners.

CC5. Educational Management. Prof. Daniel Brandell, Prof. Patrik Johansson, and Assoc. Prof. Rakel Wreland Lindström, will form an educational team. Our goals are to increase general knowledge and awareness of electrochemical energy storage at different educational levels.