The EU research project NEXTBAT, which was launched in June 2023, aims to improve the performance of batteries for electric vehicles and reduce production costs by making the components highly recyclable.

The aim of the project is the reduction of the carbon footprint of its battery system. This reduction will be achieved by implementing cost-effective production methods and ensuring high recyclability of components, with a target of 100% recyclability for hardware and 50-80% for cells.

Currently, the project is on the verge of finalizing the technology choices for the development of two prototypes, marking a crucial phase in its progression. The project runs until November 2026 and is currently in the finalisation phase of technology selection for the development of two prototypes.

“There is a need for a battery industry to bring down the costs and, at the same time, increase performance. Simultaneously, we’re witnessing the rise of new technologies and materials. This scenario poses multiple challenges, prompting us to explore optimal ways to leverage them,” said Mikko Pihlatie, Research Professor at VTT and project coordinator.

Project partners include the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, APPLUS, CEA (Commissariat a l’energie atomique et aux energies alternatives), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, BSC CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación), Valmet Automotive, Idneo, Sunlight Group, Heart Aerospace, Zabala Innovation and CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Électronique et de Microtechnique SA – Recherche et Développement).

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