Technological Centre

ECO-SMART BATT takes another step towards sustainable electric mobility

The project for the development of technologies for the transformation of the transport sector towards sustainability has come to an end with a day of dissemination of the successful results of its research.

Electric and hybrid transportation is already a reality in Spain and Europe. However, according to a study by the III Sustainable Mobility Observatory, Spain needs five million electric vehicles by 2030 to be in line with European sustainability policies. This is in addition to the major technological challenges we face, such as batteries with low energy yield, short life or environmental impact, as well as their profitability.

ECO-SMART BATT moves towards sustainable electromobility.

In this context, the ECO-SMART BATT project was born in 2020 with a consortium led by Ferroglobe Innovation and formed by the CETIM Technological Centre, ENSO Innovation, ABCR Labs and Ártabro Tech to seek solutions that significantly improve the energy density, cost and sustainability of lithium-ion batteries.

To this end, innovative research has been carried out in the sustainable and intelligent production of materials and their synergistic combinations. The development of monitoring, control and simulation technologies has been a key element in the design of more efficient and profitable production processes, facilitating the evolution and transformation of the transportation sector towards sustainability, decarbonization and drastic emission reductions.

In detail

The main objective of ECO-SMART BATT has been the sustainable and intelligent manufacture of different products and nanocomposites of the micro and nano silicon metal type, cellulose nano fibers and organosilanes and ionogels, to form a new generation of products for anodes (active materials, composites, coatings), electrolytes (ionogels and additives), separators (nanocellulose-based papers) of high energy density lithium-ion batteries (third and fourth generation batteries).

In addition, to improve the efficiency, traceability and reproducibility of the manufacturing processes of the different materials and products, the study of cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technologies was carried out: digitization of processes and digital twins of the processes of obtaining silicon and cellulose micro and nanoparticles; muon tomography in the silicon purification phase; automation of the assembly of electrochemical cells by means of advanced robotics and design of digital twins of the process, and traceability from the origin to final products by means of blockchain.

Robot developed at CETIM Technological Centre.

As concluded earlier this month at the project results dissemination event, these objectives have been successfully achieved thanks to business collaboration and the technologies developed by CETIM.

Specifically, from CETIM we have managed to optimize the production and traceability processes of silicon metal and cellulose nanofibers through Industry 4.0 technologies. To this end, we have developed four Digital Twins that allow the automation of coin cell batteries and the optimization of the processes of obtaining nanosilicon and nanocellulose.

We also designed and implemented a robotic cell for the assembly process and developed a traceability control system based on blockchain to ensure the monitoring in a truthful and transparent way of all the phases involved in obtaining nanocellulose and nanosilicon.

Projects such as ECO-SMART BATT ensure the transition from the automotive sector to sustainable electromobility, in addition to positioning Galicia as a benchmark in the manufacture of advanced materials such as nanocomposites or ionogels and provide a competitive advantage to companies in the metallurgical and wood processing sectors thanks to the development of advanced technologies such as blockchain or Digital Twins.

This project is subsidized by the Agencia Gallega de Innovación in the framework of the 2020 call of the Factory of the Future, smart and sustainable factory of Industry 4.0 aid program. The grants awarded under this Program have been co-financed by the Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) under Axis 1 (Strengthening research, technological development and innovation) of the FEDER Galicia 2014-2020 operational program.  The project is supported by the Second Vice-Presidency and the Regional Ministry of Economy, Enterprise and Innovation.