The CoFBAT Consortium
The CoFBAT Consortium comprises:
Industrial manufacturers of batteries and storage systems (VARTA Microbattery, VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH, VARTA Storage GmbH)
Industrial experts in energy performance and services (Bouygues Energies & Services, VDL Steelweld), material developers (Solvay, Haldor Topsoe A/S and Torrecid)
Research organisations and universities (Centro de Investigación Cooperativa energiGUNE, CIDETEC, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, LEITAT, Institute for Energy Technology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Uppsala University, Mimitech Gmbh)
Engineering and battery system maker (Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering).
This selection represents a unique mix of industry leading expertise and knowledge centres that enables a complete response to the project challenges and objectives, hereby assuring the realisation of the key project results.
TORRECID (TOR) is a multinational business group founded in 1963 and headquartered in Alcora, Spain. TORRECID provides products, services, solutions and future trends to different sectors like ceramic tiles, glass, plastics, coatings, paints, etc. TORRECID Group is composed of 3000 employees, 34 companies located in 28 countries with a turnover around 700 M€. TORRECID’s growth is based on providing added value to its customers through innovation, as it is reflect in the Mission: “Provoke the Change through the Global Leadership in Innovation to generate New Solutions and Future Trends to provide the Best Competitive Advantages and the Maximum Added Value”.
Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering (ABEE) is a dynamic engineering company based in Brussels and specialised in the field of battery processing, manufacturing, battery system design, prototyping, and recycling and in particular for advanced Li-ion and solid state battery technology. ABEE is supporting the industry in development of tailored made solutions from battery materials to recycling for automotive and stationary applications through development of dedicated multi-scale simulation tools and functions embedded in different platforms. In addition, ABEE is setting up state of the art battery manufacturing infrastructures and battery system design platforms.
Bouygues Energies & Services (BYES) is a French group with expertise in energy performance and services. Its operations are based on three main business areas: digital and energy network infrastructure - electrical, mechanical and HVAC engineering – facilities management. Bouygues mainly operates in France, the UK, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, and Africa. It also has operations in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America. Bouygues has acquired significant experience in the area of energy efficient buildings, building renovation to improve energy efficiency and energy management in buildings, thanks to its participation in the construction of energy saving buildings.
CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, is a public body established in 1945. CEA, leader in research, development and innovation, is mainly active in 4 areas: low-carbon energies, defense & security, information technologies and health technologies. In each field, CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. CEA is involved in CoFBAT through its Liten institute (Laboratory for Innovation in New energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) carrying out R&D on behalf of industrial partners from diverse sectors: energy, land transportation, aerospace, construction, civil engineering, environmental, and IT industries.
Centro de Investigación Cooperativa energiGUNE (CICe) is a non-profit energy research centre based in the Basque Country, Spain, funded in 2011. It plays a leading role on the international scientific stage focused on research of excellence in energy related materials oriented to storage applications, contributing to industrial competitiveness through: i) breakthrough research; ii) transfer of technology and knowledge to industry; and iii) coordination of Basque technology and research efforts in energy storage field. CIC energiGUNEis supported by public institutions, administrations and companies directly related to the energy sector, and has its objectives aligned with the Basque Country RIS3 priorities and the Energibasque Strategy.
CIDETEC (CID) is a private organization for applied research founded in 1997. Located in the city of Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, CIDETEC is comprised of three international technological reference institutes in Energy Storage, Surface engineering and Nanomedicine. CIDETEC Energy Storage (CID-ES) is specialised in creating new battery technology according to specific challenges, and its ultimate transference to the industry. The institute has the capacity to develop complete products and processes and offers material validation, pilot manufacture, pack engineering and battery testing services.
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) based in Brussels, Belgium, gathers over 40 members representing electric grid operators, utilities, research, academia and industry. EASE actively promotes Energy Storage in Europe and worldwide. EASE actively supports the deployment of Energy Storage as an indispensable instrument within the framework of the European energy and climate policy to deliver services to, and improve the flexibility of, the European energy system. EASE contributes to building a European platform for sharing and disseminating Energy Storage-related information and supports the transition towards a sustainable, flexible and reliable energy system in Europe.
The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) is an independent, non-profit, private research organisation founded in 1948 with primary location at Kjeller, Norway. IFE conducts leading research at both national and international level – having been involved in more than 300 international projects in the following areas: renewable energy, environmental technology, physics and materials science, marine technology, nuclear technology, safety and reliability, and man-machine systems. Since 2009, IFE has proudly hosted three of Norway’s Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), funded by the Norwegian Research Council, within the topics of solar energy (two centres) and zero emission transportation (batteries).
LEITAT is a private technological centre located in Terrassa, Spain, with more than 110 years of experience in R&D, technology transfer and industrial innovation services. LEITAT expertise rapidly diversified over the last decades bringing value to a wide range of industries and sectors. Leitat’s mission is to bring intellectual, economic and social value to its company, clients, collaborating entities and society by transforming technological and scientific challenges into new breakthroughs and innovations. LEITAT brings knowledge and innovation to its customers through applied research in the fields of chemistry, energy, environment, materials, engineering and life sciences.
MIMITech GmbH, founded in 2010, is a Germany-based company specialized in extractive metallurgy of nonferrous metals. It provides metallurgical expertise to smelters and refineries and to those companies that fabricate, design and test respective equipment. Projects are targeted to maximizing resource efficiency (raw materials, consumables, energy), development of zero waste concepts by emission control, cost cutting through optimization of interfaces, modelling of processes, etc. The know-how based on many years of close industrial cooperation profile is the foundation for developing competent solutions that allow performing diligent consultancy and process audits.
Solvay (SLV) is a large multi-specialties chemical group working on the forefront of innovation in chemicals and materials. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Solvay operates in 61 countries around the globe. Its roots remain in Europe where around 44% of its workforce is located. In the Energy Storage market, Solvay is active in areas from Fuel Cells to Redox Flow Batteries and focuses the majority of its activities in developing innovative materials for rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries to support and accelerate electro-mobility and the exploitation of energy production from renewable sources. Solvay produces materials that enable battery components to enhance their performance.
Haldor Topsoe A/S (TOP) was established in 1940 in Denmark by Dr. Haldor Topsøe and is a 100% family-owned company. Topsoe is the world leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technology for the chemical and refining industries. TopSoe enables companies in the chemical and oil & gas industries to get the most out of their processes and products, using the least possible energy and resources. TopSoe is at the forefront of developing sustainable technologies. TopSoe emission management solutions remove pollution from factories and power plants, so that residents of megacities around the world can breathe clean air.
Since its start in 1994, Uniresearch, a Dutch SME, has become a successful and independent grants & innovation consultancy firm specialised in national and European grants in the field of innovation, research and technological development. With a diverse portfolio of clients across Europe UNR offers a wide range of services from grant consultancy, grant coordination to project management and dissemination activities. UNR is and has been involved in many research projects, mainly in the transport sector, but also in the field of security, in the maritime domain, the rail sector and sustainable energy, solar cell and fuel cell developments.
Uppsala University (UU) is an international research university founded in 1477 in the town of Uppsala, Sweden, and ranked among the 100 best universities in the world in all different ranking systems. UU has 42,000 students and 7,000 employees. The Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory has 52 senior researchers, 21 postdocs and about 84 PhD students. The Ångström Lab. hosts state-of-the art infrastructure, tools and expertise, including fully operational clean room facilities, TEM, STM, AFM, MS, operando XRD, Raman spectrometers, FTIR, NRM, thermal analysis, furnace room facility for synthesis, and thin film equipment ALD and CVD.
VARTA 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 about 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. The 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 and nanotechnologies, fuel cells, and printed batteries.
VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH (VMI), with registered office in Graz, Austria, was founded as a joint venture between the battery manufacturer VARTA Microbattery (Ellwangen, Germany) and Graz University of Technology. The business purpose of VMI is R&D in the area of electrochemical energy storage systems. Within VMI the industrial fabrication know-how from VARTA Microbattery and the basic research know how from Graz University of Technology in various electrochemical energy storage systems are merged together. This unique configuration enables VARTA Micro Innovation to perform a fast transfer of new developed technologies into production state.
The VARTA Storage GmbH (VS) is a developer and manufacturer of stationary battery storage systems based in Noerdlingen, Germany. The company has substantial know-how in the field of energy storage by using long-life lithium-ion batteries and conducts in this context innovative research and development activities. Currently VARTA Storage offers several small-scale battery storage systems for residential use, allowing users to consume their own environmentally friendly electricity whenever they need it. Besides small-scale storage systems VARTA Storage promotes the development of modular large-sized storage systems. The applied modular concept and applied safety concepts make these systems flexible, efficient and safe.
The VDL Group, with its head office in Eindhoven, 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 101 operating companies and spread over 20 countries with more than 17.000 employees. VDL Steelweld bv is, with its Automated Vehicles group, leading in automated heavy duty e-mobility with more than 100 vehicles in 24/7 operation at BASF, ECT and PSA.
The Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI) is nested at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and is a leader in electro-mobility, sustainable mobility and logistics research. It develops electric and hybrid vehicles technologies, and evaluates the sustainability of new concepts in mobility and logistics. MOBI aims at a better and safer mobility of people and goods, to reduce congestion and environmental impacts in urban and inter-urban areas, and to improve operational efficiency. Its multidisciplinary team of about 100 specialists enables a holistic approach on their subjects of research.