Online SPIDER WORKSHOP

The SPIDER workshop will be held online on April 14th , 2022 (9AM – 1PM). Several partners of SPIDER project will present their activity with a focus on batteries. Free registration are possible here.

The program is:

9:00-9:05

Welcome

9:05- 9:20

“Spider Project” – Cedric Haon (CEA)

9:25-9:55

“Influence of the ambient storage on NMC811-based Li-ion cathode performance and overview of CIDETEC pilot line facilities” – Susana Sananes (CIDETEC)

10:00-10:30

“How  to limit cobalt in cathode materials” – David Peralta (CEA)

10:35-11:05

“Current status and future prospects of the LCAs of Li-ion batteries”  Lorenzo Usai (NTNU)

11:10-11:40

“Fundamentals of physics-based modelling and its application to batteries” – Odile Capron (VITO)

11:45-12:15

Stellantis plan for vehicle electrification – Daniele Pullini (CRF)

12:45-13:00

Final  Discussion & Conclusions


Focus on WP2 – Prelithiation process development led by TUM

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the leading universities in Germany and Europe (Shanghai ranking: 54), has approximately 42.700 students, wherein more than one third are female and about 30% are foreign students.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of the leading universities in Germany and Europe (Shanghai ranking: 54), has approximately 42.700 students, wherein more than one third are female and about 30% are foreign students.

Within the SPIDER project the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management (iwb), which is part of the TUM, is participating. For more than 10 years, the research institute now works on lithium-ion battery topics, mainly related to cell manufacturing, cell design and manufacturing processes. The iwb is one of the largest research institutions of production technology in Germany, and encompasses two chairs at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Garching near Munich. Both chairs, the Chair for Industrial Management and Assembly Technologies, as well as the Chair for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology, define the research content and the thematic focuses of the iwb. These lie in the areas of additive manufacturing, battery production, machine tools, assembly technologies and robotics, laser technology, sustainable production as well as in the field of production management and logistics.

Source: Andreas Heddergott / iwb

iwb at TUM
The iwb of the Technical University of Munich contributes to the SPIDER project with its expertise on battery research and production technologies. The complete representation of the battery production process chain from powdered active material to the finalized battery cell at one institute, in the form of the iwb pilot line, is unique in Germany.
Characteristics of the iwb pilot line are industry-oriented plant technology, flexible processes, and high safety standards. Due to the partially automated, adaptive plant technology, the iwb can produce coin, pouch, and hard case cells with capacities from a few mAh to over 30 Ah on one line. 

Source: Andreas Heddergott / iwb

The research fields of electrode design and manufacturing as well as cell production and quality combine the competencies of production research on battery cells at the iwb. The main focus of the research of many years is the consideration of process chains, the improvement of process capability, the use of new components and equipment as well as the processing of innovative materials. The characterization of intermediate and end products based on defined quality features and data mining approaches ensures a high and constant quality of the final product and processes. In addition to conventional lithium-ion cells, the iwb also deals with solid-state batteries and other promising technologies.

Main contact: Benedikt Stumper, TUM
Benedikt Stumper graduated with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management with a focus on Materials Engineering as well as Management and Sustainability in 2018. After his studies, he joined the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management as a research associate in 2018. His main research activity focuses on the topic of prelithiation, where he works on direct contact prelithiation (mechanical prelithiation). In this context, he investigates the impact of prelithiation on cell performance and its implementation in the process chain of lithium-ion battery production. Besides he is active in the field of lithium-ion battery production, where he focuses on the processes of coating and calendering.

Why have you chosen to get involved as WP2 leader?
The work of WP2 includes the development and investigation of a suitable prelithiation process for lithium-ion batteries. For this purpose, different approaches are available, which imply different types of processes. The Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management, as one of the largest and leading institutes of production engineering in Germany, has extensive expertise in the field of process development and optimization. The iwb wants to bring this expertise into the project as a WP leader in order to enable a process-technical implementation of a suitable prelithiation method on laboratory and pilot scale and thus lay the basis for an industrial implementation.

What do you take out from this WP?
From this WP, the iwb takes knowledge and experience in the field of prelithiation. These provide the basis for further research and related projects. Through this, a new understanding of the process is also being built up at the iwb, about a process that is still relatively young and may be of great relevance in the future. Personally, these findings help me in my doctoral project and for my research. The prelithiation research provides deep insights into cell chemistry and the processes within a lithium-ion battery, which might have been less in focus before. Besides, working in an international research environment offers many opportunities to gain experience in battery research and international contacts. Working in such a large and multidisciplinary team is exciting and very educating. Thus, the work in the work package does not only result in technical knowledge in the field of new processes within the production of lithium-ion batteries, but also the management of international projects or working groups.

What are your expectations from the SPIDER project?
Mainly the above-described insight into new processes within lithium-ion battery production and a deeper understanding of the processes in a LIB. Besides, I hope that the research and the results of the SPIDER project will contribute to advancing battery technology and making LIB and its production more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. Not only improved cell performance but also more cost-efficient, safer, and environmentally friendly processes and products are necessary for improved market penetration of electric vehicles. SPIDER will make its contribution to this at a European level and possibly beyond.


Data Management Plan

This public deliverable describes the project’s policy concerning any shared data. It will serve to ensure that any shared data is findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable.    You may access it here


General Assembly meeting in Münster (Germany)

The second general assembly was held at FZJ (Forschungzentrum Jülich GmbH) on June, 12 and 13 2019 in Münster. On this occasion, the Spider consortium met the EC reviewer for the first time.

General Assembly meeting in Münster (Germany)

The second general assembly was held at FZJ (Forschungzentrum Jülich GmbH) on June, 12 and 13 2019 in Münster. On this occasion, the Spider consortium met the EC reviewer for the first time.

First day, all WP leaders presented the Work Package progresses made for last 6 months.

Second day, plenary WPs presentations were followed by workshops dedicated to Prelithiation, Electrodes preparation, Definition/distribution of work for the characterization, modelling and tests (electrical and abusive) and Timeline for data collection required for LCA and LCC.

All participants left with fresh ideas and actions to be adapted and realized.

Several audioconferences will be organized to continue the technical discussion until the next consortium meeting in September 2019 by audioconference. 


Kick-off meeting of H2020 project SPIDER in Grenoble (France).

The kick-off meeting (KOM) was held on 12 – 13 February, 2019 at CEA Liten in Grenoble. The meeting was attended by the 14 partners including leading universities and research institutes in the battery field and key companies central to the emerging European industrial value chain for EV batteries.

Kick-off meeting of H2020 project SPIDER in Grenoble (France)

The  kick-off meeting (KOM) was held on 12 – 13 February, 2019 at CEA Liten in Grenoble. The meeting was attended by the 14 partners including leading universities and research institutes in the battery field and key companies central to the emerging European industrial value chain for EV batteries.

SPIDER, with project number 814389, is funded under the  topic LC-NMBP-30-2018 – “Materials for future highly performant electrified vehicle batteries” of European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

During the meeting all issues related to the 8 complementary Workpackages of the SPIDER project were presented and discussed.

The participants mostly focused on the technologies to be used, specifications of materials and methods, requirements of end users for the implementation of the project results.

The partners were engaged in technical discussions during the two days and were committed in the project tasks, as foreseen in the Grant Agreement.

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