Named INSTABAT – “Innovative physical / virtual sensor platform for battery cell”, the project is financed by the European Commission, through the Horizon 2020 program, at around four million euros, being coordinated by France.

In addition to the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), which coordinates, other French research centers and business partners, such as BMW, and Infineon Technologies, both in Germany, Faurecia (France) and VARTA (Austria), participate. ).

The INSTABAT project aims to monitor, in real time and in operation, essential parameters of a lithium-ion battery cell, providing with greater precision the states of certain indicators, such as load, capacity, power, energy and safety.

“The project seeks a solution of technologies and integrated functionalities of intelligent monitoring to reliably articulate the evolution of key parameters with the phenomena of physical-chemical degradation that occur in the nucleus of battery cells, improving their functional performance, autonomy and security ”, explains an information note about INSTABAT.

According to the information provided by the University of Aveiro, “a proof of concept will be created through the development of a multi-sensor platform, for applications in electric vehicles, reducing aging, improving safety and autonomy margins, triggering self-regeneration and facilitating the use as second life ”.

A technical and economic feasibility study will also be carried out and adaptability to other cellular technologies.

The UA team consists of researchers Micael Nascimento, Carlos Marques, João de Lemos Pinto, from the i3N associated laboratory, Nanophotonics and Optoelectronics group, from the Department of Physics, with Luísa Sal as project manager.

INSTABAT is part of the Battery2030 + roadmap, a large-scale, long-term European research initiative that targets the sustainable batteries of the future, providing European industry with innovative technologies and a more competitive advantage across the battery value chain, to enable Europe to achieve the goals of a climate neutral society.

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