Consortium structure


CEA is a French government-funded technological research organization.
Located in Grenoble, the Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (LITEN) is around 1,000 people working on energy R&D (fuel cell, batteries, biomass, solar application).
CEA-LITEN has a unit dedicated to energy for transport application which has more than 10 years experiences in new materials for Li-ions batteries. Today, this entity is equipped with a dry room of 860 m2 dedicated to Li-ion batteries prototyping from the electrode material up to the cell and more than 600 m2 dedicated to Li-ion module and pack system development. CEA-LITEN intellectual properties portfolio on Li-ion batteries is more than 100 on the topics of material synthesis, battery architecture, and BMS.




VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, stimulates sustainable development by providing innovative technological solutions and scientifically substantiated advice and support. VITO is an independent and client-oriented research organization working for governments and industrial sector. With more than 600 highly qualified employees, VITO is the largest Flemish technological research organization with a multi-disciplinary team working on sustainable solutions for different domains like materials, energy and environment.




Solvay Specialty Polymers is fully owned by Solvay S.A. – Belgium. The Company represents one Global Business Unit (GBU) created in 2011 by merging four Leading Solvay Companies previously named: Solvay Solexis, Solvay Advanced Polymers, Solvay Padanaplast and SolVin PVDC.
Solvay Specialty Polymers is now mainly focused on different special materials such as: Fluorinated Polymers, Aromatic Polymers, High-Barrier Polymers and Compounds.
The company is now a leading global producer of innovative plastics that Achieve More in addressing the world’s most pressing environmental and societal needs.
There are more than 10 R&D Centers worldwide, among them the greatest two are in Bollate focused on fluorinated materials (about 220 people) and in Alpharetta (US) focused on aromatic polymers (about 130 people). There are 14 production sites worldwide mainly in Europe, US and Asia.
Thanks to a powerful combination of technological innovation and close customer collaboration, Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers –fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra-polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds.  Its products fulfil critical requirements for, among others:
–    Urbanization
–    Mobility
–    Healthcare
–    Oil and Gas
–    Plumbing
–    Semiconductors
–    Water filtration, and
–    Alternative energy
In the last 20 years Solvay Specialty Polymers filed more than 600 patents. Most of them are extended in the most industrialized country (USA, EU, Japan, etc…) giving rise to an I.P. portfolio with more than 5000 patents.
Partner to Solvay Specialty Polymers in the project are:
•    Rhodia Operations, which represents the French part of the former Rhodia group acquired by Solvay in 2011. It is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets.
•    Laboratoire du Futur (LOF) is a research center specialized in the development of miniaturized tests and rapid appraisal methods. The multicultural team has diverse and complementary technological and scientific backgrounds, including physical chemistry, robotics and micro-fluidics, computer science and chemical engineering. Designed to improve research productivity and shorten innovation time to-market, the laboratory concentrates on the development of miniaturized research tools and the creation of innovative projects in the field of physical chemistry.



ZSW was established in 1988 by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the universities of Stuttgart and Ulm and private companies. It is a non-profit foundation under the civil code. The ZSW contributes to the development of solar energy, energy conversion, and electrochemical energy storage systems – major components in the sustainable energy supply of the 21st century. It is integrated in a network of university, industrial, and institutional co-operations. The focus of research and development is currently on Lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and thin film photovoltaics. ZSW has about 200 employees (scientists and technicians with experience in materials science, electrochemistry, physics, electrical and mechanical engineering and technology). ZSW has a high level of expertise in both material research for Lithium-ion batteries and system technology for batteries and fuel cells. Additionally, ZSW has a wide base of equipment and experience in the characterisation of battery materials and components as well as in battery testing and hazard potential evaluation. ZSW has established a laboratory pilot line for technical development of electrode coatings and cell assembling for cylindrical and flat lithium-ion cells. Equipment for cell assembling, cell opening, separation of components, safety tests and methods for structural and electrochemical characterisation will be available for this proposed project.



The IMC is an academic institution focused on macromolecular (polymer) science. Its research aims at the synthesis of polymers and new polymer materials, polymer physics, and the physical chemistry of polymers. The uniqueness of the IMC stems from the combined experience of the IMC scientists together with the concentration of a wide range of branches of polymer science in one place. The main research covers synthetic polymers, their properties, and possible utilization based on a wide variability of polymer structures.


6/ Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT) – Germany
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in 2009 by a merger of National Research Centre Karlsruhe and University of Karlsruhe. KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: A university with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research. In the project “Competence E”, KIT bundles all work in the field of electric energy storage for mobile and stationary applications. The objective is to develop cost-effective industrially applicable next generation solutions for stationary energy storage systems and vehicle batteries.


7/ Imerys Graphite & Carbon – Switzerland

Imerys Graphite & Carbon located in Bodio, Switzerland is the head quarter of the business unit for all carbon activities of the French Group IMERYS being a world leader for industrial minerals.

Imerys Graphite & Carbon is globally active in realizing customer-related challenging technical solutions in graphite and carbon black applications. Its competencies focus on the areas of research and development, manufacturing, processing, and marketing of synthetic and natural graphitic carbon materials as well as conductive carbon blacks.

Imerys Graphite & Carbon is supplier of conductive additives and active materials for several electrochemical systems with customers around the world. Different groups at the centralised R&D centre work on several projects and activities to improve the carbonaceous materials for electrochemical applications like fuels cells and primary or secondary batteries.




CEGASA INTERNACIONAL is an important business group which started as a battery manufacturer in 1934. The group is currently one of the world’s leading manufacturers of private label batteries. CEGASA has an extensive sales and logistics network, operating in 8 different countries and exporting to 50 countries on the 5 continents. Throughout the last 8 decades, CEGASA has demonstrated its ability to develop and bring innovative solutions to market, putting the company at the forefront of technological development in the manufacture of consumer and portable batteries.
Wide ranging research into new energy storage technologies is in progress within the R&D Department of the company, with special focus on 3 main technologies: 1.- Lithium-based systems, 2.- Zinc-Air industrial batteries and 3.- Fuel Cells.



The RENAULT Group designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger and light commercial vehicles throughout the world in 118 countries under its three brands – Renault, Dacia and Renault-Samsung Motors. The RENAULT Group employs more than 120, 000 people worldwide and is accelerating its international development based on an Alliance with Nissan since 1999, and a strategic partnership with AvtoVaz in Russia since 2008. 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. Up to more than 50 partnership agreements have been signed worldwide with private companies and local public authorities in order to mass market fully electric vehicles with the appropriate charging infrastructure.



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CIC energiGUNE is a new energy research centre based in the Basque Country (Spain). With a world-class research facility, cutting-edge equipment, an experienced management team, and a scientific committee composed of prominent scientists, entrepreneurs and industrial experts.
CIC´s mission is to play a leading role in the field of energy storage technologies and to contribute to industrial competitiveness of the Basque Country and has the backing of public institutions and administrations and of companies directly related to the energy sector. To achieve these objectives, CIC is focusing its initial efforts on energy storage as a fundamental paradigm. Thus, the lines identified in this first stage, are electrical energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), and high temperature thermal energy storage. The expertise of the different researchers at CIC Energigune provides the unique opportunity of building a team structure of sub-teams working on materials development from the fundamental to final application in functional devices, within the same laboratory.



EIGSI is a multi-disciplinary engineer school in La Rochelle on the south west coast of France.
One of the research thematic areas developed in EIGSI concerns the transport and includes 3 domains (renewable energies, logistics/mobility and clean vehicles). In each domain, projects are developed at European level (CIVITAS, PCRD, IEE) or national (Predit, ANR…) as well as with industrial partners‟ large companies (PSA, SAFT, EADS, Alstom…) and with SMEs.
Research in transport started at EIGSI in 1993 on electric vehicles technologies with the first developments of new types of equipment to store energy, through the construction of a testing laboratory dedicated to electric energy storage: « L3E ». Considering the local (La Rochelle Urban Community) and regional (Poitou Charentes) demand and context, the research works turned to transport problems linked to the cities and regional strategies on urban and/or land planning and development.
Since the laboratory has been to participate in national and European projects on the storage of electrical energy into mastering the testing of new technologies including the Li – ion for applications such as automotive, rail, aerospace or the military




The Research Unity UMR CNRS « Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères» (Engineering of Polymeric Materials) is directed by Prof. Philippe CASSAGNAU. The total staff number of this unity is about 170 (68 statutory researchers) including 39 professors or assistant professors, 12 CNRS senior scientists, 17 Engineers/Technicians & Administrative staff, 75 PhD students, 10 Post-PhD and about 25 Master students. The title chosen for our UMR “Engineering of Polymeric Materials” expresses the prospects and the themes of the Unit. It is quite obvious that the assets and potentialities developed to date are only the bases necessary to an opening more accentuated towards new materials implied in rise of new technologies. This material approach led us to organize the Unit in four interactive themes enabling us to apprehend polymeric material as a whole including chemistry, processing, properties and functions of polymer materials. Particularly, concerning the matter of the project, different skills of INSA will be involved: chemistry of polycondensation, processing of thermosets, interactions between ionic liquids and polymers, rheology, morphology and physical properties. Several previous works developed by the investigators who take part in the project can illustrate these competences. Our global approach in the field of Materials which tends to define a strategy (mixing chemistry and processing) adapted for the attainment of a property or a whole of properties, gives us a technological dimension, of first importance for industrial partners which has certainly no equivalent in France. These links established with the great national and European industrial groups as with SME enabled us to ensure a mission of valorisation and a successful integration of our doctors in the world of work. The research work will be performed at INSA Lyon, and the subsidiary Insavalor, will manage the funds of this project for INSA Lyon.




IK4-CIDETEC, a Technology Centre belonging to the IK4 Research Alliance, specialises in generating and transferring knowledge and technology in the areas of Materials (Nanomaterials, Biomaterials and Sensors), Surfaces (Ceramic and Metallic Coatings, Surface Processing) and Energy (Batteries, Fuel Cells and Materials for Energy systems). Our mission is to enhance business competitiveness and capacity for innovation through the development of new products and processes. We aim to become strategic allies of our clients, helping them define their innovation strategies and providing information and technology solutions that add value to their businesses.IK4-CIDETEC had an annual turnover of 10M€ in 2012 and at the present time employs a highly qualified staff of 122 people, 50% of them PhDs.


14/ SOLVIONIC S.A. – France


Solvionic is a SME expert in the design, production and commercialization of Ionic Liquids (ILs). Expertise has been developed in order to maintain high quality while scaling-up. Solvionic is also working on new materials based on ILs, as part of the components or as a solvent and/or template in reactions and processes leading to new materials with specific properties. Our main activities are then production and R&D of new materials and processes using ILs. Our expertise includes the synthesis of new ILs-based electrolytes for batteries and supercapacitors. As an industrial member of ALISTORE ERI and of RS2E (French Electrochemical Energy Storage Network), we are in close relationship with experts and have priority access to the generated IP.


15/ DIRECTA PLUS SPA (Directa Plus) – Italy

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Directa Plus is a technology company pursuing the development and marketing of innovative manufacturing processes for the production of a new generation of nanomaterials targeting existing global markets
Directa Plus owns a continuous, simple and scalable manufacturing process (G+ process) which leads to products based on graphene. The chemical intercalation of natural graphite and its plasma thermal expansion, together with both a liquid and a dry state exfoliation, represents the basis of G+ technology. G+ process is covered by proprietary trade secrets and patented intellectual property.


Battery Research Group – United Kingdom


Newcastle University sets out to be a world-class research intensive University.  The University Research and Innovation Strategy is to perform high-quality research that is internationally recognised, to provide a high-quality environment for students and staff, and to develop an innovation culture throughout the University. Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group, whose 19 members account for more than 60 per cent of research grant and contract income earned by UK universities.
Newcastle University aims to address the demand side of research by responding to some of the most pressing needs within society. Therefore, Newcastle University has developed the concept of societal challenge themes, which now form a significant part of its research. These themes are Ageing, Social Renewal and Sustainability. By recasting activities in this way, Newcastle University sets out to help society at large, and maximise the direct impact of its research. »


17/ WAVESTONE (formerly KURT SALMON) – Luxembourg

Wavestone is a new major independent actor on the consulting market. We join together two established and well-known consulting companies, strengthened with 25 years of experience and coming from two different worlds (the world of Big4 for one, and the technology eco system for the other). We rely on a force of 2.500 employees, spread across 4 continents, with the capacity to operate in a synchronized manner across all of our locations. Within WAVESTONE, the Innovation Management & Funding (IMF) department is specialized in assisting companies and public institutions with all aspects of public funding granted for complex projects. The team of 45 specialists is spread across Europe and combines local, national and EU coverage of funding programmes. IMF’s specialists combine several decades of experience in setting-up complex projects, obtaining public funding for them and then managing administrative and collaborative matters in order to ensure smooth operation and reporting. In the field of R&D and innovation, IMF experience has been applied to consortia ranging from 4 to 35 partners, with public funding ranging from 1 to 25 million Euros, granted from leading European and national programmes (FP7, H2020, IMI, ENIAC, LIFE, Eco-innovation, structural funds, etc.).