LISA, standing for Lithium sulfur for safe road electrification, a research and development project, has been granted 7.9M€ by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop a high energy and safe lithium-sulfur battery for cars. The consortium led by Leitat and gathering 12 partners aims during the next 43 months to improve this technology and bring it closer to the market.
Barcelona, 19th of December 2018 – On January 1st, 2019, the LISA project will officially start and run for 43 months. It is financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with an amount of 7.9M€ and involves a total of 13 organisations. The consortium is coordinated by Leitat and involves OXIS Energy, Cranfield University, Varta Micro Battery, CIC Energigune Fundazioa, Argem, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft IWS, Pulsedeon, ACCUREC Recycling, Optimat Limited, Technische Universität Dresden, VDL Enabling Transport Solutions and Renault.
The goal of LISA is to develop a high energy and safe lithium-sulfur battery cells with hybrid solid state no-flammable electrolytes for automotive integration. The cell aims to be validated at 20Ah according to EUCAR industrial standards. In addition, LISA will solve specific lithium-sulfur bottlenecks such as the metallic lithium protection, the power rate, and volumetric energy density. A target has also been set for production cost, as it is the main selection criteria for EV batteries.
Lithium-sulfur cells have three main advantages: only 10% of the sulfur theoretical energy density has been reached, lithium-sulfur cells are twice as light as lithium-ion cells and free of critical raw materials. Improving lithium-sulfur batteries could be a key factor for mass scale adoption of electrified vehicles.
“LISA is the continuation of ALISE project, which Leitat also coordinates. We have reached a 310 Wh/Kg cell and aim to go much further with LISA”, says Luis Santos, technical coordinator of the project and senior researcher at Leitat.
Luis Santos, PhD
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