Europe 7 countries cooperate 62.52 million yuan electric vehicle battery project to reduce battery cost and improve battery performance
Researchers at the University of Limerick in Ireland are leading an 8 million euro European Union project,(si-drive) to develop battery technology for higher-performance electric cars, foreign media reported.
Although electric cars are gaining market share, they still account for less than 2% of the European market.European policies require that the market share of electric vehicles be increased to 40 percent by 2030, and battery technology must be improved to increase the range of electric vehicles and shorten the charging time if the goal is to be achieved.
Kevin M.Ryan director of Si-Drive program at the Bernal institute of the university of limerick.Prof Ryan said the university of limerick (UL) planned to overhaul lithium-ion batteries to address the main obstacles to the popularity of electric vehicles, which are closely linked to range, cost and charging time.
The project will use innovative anode, cathode and electrolyte materials, focusing on the sustainability of battery systems, with the goal of removing rare and valuable materials such as cobalt.In addition, the university of limerick team will focus on the development of high-performance silicon-based anode materials, and the development of lightweight anode composed of abundant elements, which will ultimately reduce the total weight of the battery.
Project researcher Dr Hugh Geaney said the Si-DRIVE project would bring together leading experts from across Europe to provide sustainable and cost-effective battery technology for environmentally friendly electric vehicles.
The Si-DRIVE alliance comprises 16 academic and industrial partners from seven European countries.The project will use optimized anode, cathode and electrolyte materials to make prototype batteries that will compare performance with the most advanced electric vehicle batteries available.