Leitat is a private technical institute with more than 110 years of experience in industrial innovation processes. We transform technological and scientific results into economic and competitive value for our clients and collaborating entities. Over 1500 customers benefit from our talent, creativity and strong commitment. We bring knowledge and innovation to our customers through applied research and technical testing in the fields of chemistry, energy, environment, materials, engineering and life sciences. We rely upon our 240 highly skilled team members who deliver flexible solutions to face any industrial challenge.
NexTech was founded in May 2016 on lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery research originally conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) that began in 1999 under the direction Prof. Elton Cairns. Since then, NexTech has established its headquarters in Carson City, NV after operating in the Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) for over two years. NexTech has recently expanded into a new facility in Carson City, NV, which houses our new pouch cell fabrication pilot line, dry-room and clean-room facilities, and growing staff. NexTech’s talented technical staff includes Ph.D. scientists, engineers and management with previous experience at companies such as Tesla, Fisker, XALT, HP, Intel, Broadcom, Amdahl and Toyota.
Cranfield University has a strong track record in industrially-focused research and a strong global reputation. The UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) assessed 81% of Cranfield’s research as world-leading or internationally excellent. Cranfield’s Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre has 18 academic and research staff, two technicians, approximately 15 PhD students and approximately 100 full-time MSc students and is active in many areas of specialist vehicle technology. The Centre’s Advanced Battery Laboratory has specialist facilities for rapid prototyping of battery management algorithms, and its sophisticated hardware-in-loop facilities allow the testing of cells in a realistic electrical and thermal environment representative of an end-use application. The laboratory also has sophisticated facilities for modelling and computer simulation and on-vehicle system integration.
VMB Microbattery (VMB) is an internationally leading and globally active manufacturer of retail and OEM batteries and has been operating for more than 125 years. VMB employs nearly 750 persons in Germany and approx. 2,000 worldwide. The company headquarter is located in Ellwangen in the southern part of Germany where the entire research, engineering and production of the electrochemical cells are done. 150 VMB employees work in the Innovation Tower at our headquarters in Ellwangen. This central Research and Development department focuses on developing new products and optimizing existing solutions. Particular attention is paid to material and structural research, converting and storing energy (light, heat, vibration, etc.), and nanotechnologies, fuel cells, and printed batteries.
CIC energiGUNE is a young energy research centre located in Basque Country, Spain. CICe is an organisation specialising in research in a particular scientific or technological area considered to be of strategic importance for a region’s economic and social development. In this case, CICe focuses in materials and novel devices for electrochemical energy storage including batteries and supercaps and thermal energy storage. The mission of CICe is to play a leading role in the international scientific scene, focusing on materials research oriented towards storage applications, contributing to the industrial competitiveness of Basque companies. This is achieved by combining interdisciplinary teams working towards a) excellent and high impact research in materials and electrochemical devices for storage applications; b) becoming a reference centre for collaborative technology transfer to industry and c) high level training of young researchers and creation of new business sectors. The centre has the backing of public institutions and administrations, and of companies directly related to the energy sector.
ARKEMA is a specialty chemicals and advanced materials company headquartered in Colombes, near Paris, France. Created in 2004 when French oil major Total restructured its chemicals business, ARK was introduced at the Paris stock exchange in May 2006. With a turnover of 8,3 billion €, ARK has 20,000 employees in 55 countries, 13 research centers worldwide, and a total of 136 production plants in Europe, North America and Asia. Since ARK sold its Vinyl product segment in July 2012, ARK reorganized its activities into three business segments: High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Each of these segments represent one third of ARK’s turnover. ARK has made sustainable development a central focus of its R&D strategy, introducing a broad array of innovative materials to help customers reduce their energy use, increasing its use of renewable feedstock, developing nanostructured materials and devising the processes of the future ARK employs more than 1,500 researchers, whose work focuses on two main areas: ultra-high performance materials and sustainable development solutions.
- Fraunhofer IWS
Fraunhofer IWS focuses on application-oriented research and development, covering all steps: starting with physical- and material- technological basic knowledge and ending with holistic systems development. We bundle our strength, on the one hand, on laser technology (e.g.laser welding, cutting, coating, hardening, cleaning) and, on the other hand, on surface technology (e.g. laser build up welding, cladding, thin film technology, vapor deposition, process monitoring and nanoparticle technology). Research in the areas of electromobility as well as stationary energy systems is a central theme at IWS in Dresden. Important contributions can be provided to battery fabrication processes based on the numerous IWS manufacturing process technology development areas. To be in the position to offer solution to industry, the IWS is establishing a center for battery research. In 2017 IWS had 214 employees and a budget of 27 Mio EUR.
PULSEDEON is a private SME company located in Tampere & Oulu Finland. Company is focusing in development and supply on pulsed laser deposition based material and coating solutions as well as related technology and manufacturing systems. PUL has developed processing technology various metallic and ceramic materials utilizing various forms of pulsed laser deposition including ultrashort pulsed laser deposition, combinatorial pulsed laser deposition as well as multilayer pulsed deposition technology. Company has also developed inhouse technology for target materials tailored for pulsed laser deposited materials. Applications for company´s technology are in Li-ion batteries, sensors, fuel cells and tribology applications.
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, ACC has implemented a zero- emission plant for hazardous batteries (Nickel-Cadmium batteries). After upscaling and expansion, also for other battery types (Li-Ion, NiMH), ACC is today a continuously growing, branch leading company. Thus, ACC has been awarded several times for its innovative resource efficiency technology (Ecopol 2013, German Resource Agency 2012). Necessary continuous improvements of process technology, as well as fast changing chemistries in batteries forces ACC to spend 10% of its turnover for R&D activities. Thus, several R&D projects were initiated in cooperation with international partners and/or universities to improve internal know- how and test newly developed recycling process.
Optimat is an independent research and strategy consultancy specialising in helping clients to exploit market and technology developments. We work mainly at the interface of industries, markets and technologies across the whole innovation life cycle including science/innovation policy, R&D programmes, innovation infrastructure, technology commercialisation and exploitation and knowledge transfer. We work with a wide variety of clients in the public, private and research sectors in the UK and Europe (public sector, private sector and research sector). Optimat was established in 1989 and now has almost 30 years’ experience of delivering strategic consultancy assignments to a diverse range of clients in industry, the science base and the public sector.
- TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is a public research university, the largest institute of higher education in the city of Dresden, the largest university in Saxony and one of the 10 largest universities in Germany with 37,134 students as of 2013. It ranks among the best universities of engineering and technology in Germany. The chair of Inorganic Chemistry I explores under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaskel modern inorganic materials from synthesis to characterization and application. Research fields are Energy Materials, Environmental Materials, Light and Surfaces as well as Industrial Inorganic Chemistry. The group of Prof. S. Kaskel at TUD with over 40 staff members focuses its research on synthesis and characterization of porous and nanostructured materials for energy storage applications. Nanoporous materials thereby are applied in gas storage and in electrode materials. The group has been already working in various projects on carbon-based electrodes for supercapacitors and Li/S batteries in cooperation with IWS.
The VDL Group, with its head office in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), is an international industrial company focused on the development, production and sales of semi-manufactured products, buses & coaches and finished products and the assembly of cars. Since the founding in 1953 this family-owned company has grown to include 98 operating companies, spread over 20 countries with more than 17.000 employees. (see also www.vdlgroep.com). VDL ETS Is part of the VDL Group and focuses on research, development and testing of new possibilities, in particular for transport-related activities of VDL companies. The objective is to develop environmentally-friendly and innovative hardware and software solutions in the field of electric transport (E-mobility), battery technology, charging infrastructure, energy storage, Fuel Cell applications, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), guidance and navigation technology.
13. RENAULT Group
The RENAULT Group is an international multi-brand group, selling more than 3.7 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2017, with 38 industrial sites, 13,000 points of sales and employing more than 181,000 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, REN, Dacia, RenaultSamsung Motors, Alpine and Lada, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. At the end of 2007 the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced a massive deployment of electric vehicles using Li-ion batteries, and four models of electric cars were presented at the Paris Mondial de l’Automobile in October 2010 for sales starting in 2011.