Corvus Energy is the latest partner in the European Union’s battery research project Hydra which kicked off on 16 September 2020
Hydra – which will run for four years as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 innovation program – aims to develop the next generation of sustainable, low-cost, energy-dense lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicle (EV) applications.
Corvus Energy’s primary contribution and focus will be advanced battery characterisation, and performance and lifetime modelling.
To this end, Corvus chief technical officer Lars Ole Valøen said “collecting high-level expertise from across the value chain to collaborate on such a comprehensive scope will create the momentum needed to accelerate the development towards next-generation batteries free of critical raw materials.”
He added “For Corvus, this means we can shorten the time to market for more sustainable, higher performing batteries at a lower cost for our customers. We will also be able to further develop advanced characterisation methods and a cell modelling framework which will improve battery sizing algorithms and lifecycle analysis for our systems in addition to improved services through our customer portal.”
The project is co-ordinated by SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest research organisations, with 12 other partners across Europe whose expertise spans the battery value chain – from materials to end-use in electric vehicles and marine vessels.
SINTEF research scientist and project co-ordinator Dr Simon Clark said “The cost and lifetime of electric vehicles are largely determined by the battery pack, which can be heavy and expensive” and added that the Hydra project is developing advanced battery materials, cell designs and manufacturing methods to address this.
Metal and silicone material manufacturer Elkem is also a partner in the Hydra project. Elkem Battery Materials vice president Stian Madshus said "This effort fits well with Elkem’s activities to supply solutions to the battery industry and the EV market, including graphite for anodes, silicon for tomorrow’s anodes and silicone solutions for battery packs and modules.”
Last week Elkem received Nkr10M (US$1.07M) in financial support from Enova, a body that is part of Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment, and supports the development of energy and climate technology.
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