In search of the coveted safe, better, longer-lasting battery: BatteryNL

Everyone who works on the development of batteries in the Netherlands, small companies, multinationals and knowledge institutes, has joined together in the BatteryNL consortium to develop the next generation of batteries within eight years based on a better understanding of material interfaces. Prof. M. (Marnix) Wagemaker (TU Delft - Faculty of Applied Sciences) is the project leader of a ¤9.3 million project funded by NWO-ORC (project number NWA.1389.20.089).

Safer and higher density batteries
BatteryNL is aiming to develop the next generation of batteries that are safer, have higher energy densities and have a longer life-cycle - all of which are crucial for a society based on sustainable energy sources.

The heart of the batteries
Drawing on unique Dutch expertise, the heart of these highly coveted batteries - the electrode-electrolyte interface - is being investigated and improved using scalable technologies.

Marnix Wagemaker

"We develop materials for next generation batteries that are safer, environmentally benign and have higher performances, necessary to stabilize the future power grid and exploit the advantages of electrical mobility."

Pivotal role
To facilitate the social integration of these technological breakthroughs, the social and economic impact will be evaluated in close collaboration with various stakeholders. In doing so, this consortium of experts, small companies, multinationals and social organisations will pave the way for Dutch parties to play a pivotal role in the development of future battery technology.

All parties aligned
Battery NL, exists of experts within academics, high-tech startups, multinationals and societal partners. Next to Delft University of Technology, the consortium comprises University of Twente, Eindhoven University of Technology, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, University of Amsterdam, TNO, Holst Centre, Hogeschool Rotterdam, Hogeschool Utrecht, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Delft IMP, E-magy, Euro Support, LeydenJar, Lionvolt, LithiumWerks, PTG/e, Shell, SALD, VSParticle, Air Liquide, Forschungszentrum Jülich, MEET Battery Research Centre, ANWB, DNV, Durapower, EnergyStorageNL, InnoEnergy, New Energy Coalition, RAI, Solvis, VDL. BatteryNL represents the top academic universities and Universities of Applied Sciences active in battery research in the Netherlands. The academic partners are experts in battery and interface materials/chemistry and characterisation methodologies (especially during battery operation).

Research, education and valorisation
Furthermore the Universities of Applied Sciences developed Centres of Expertise on sustainability and energy transition, specifically targeting the role of batteries, where research and education meet, and results can be valorised and utilised. The involvement of companies in the consortiums will help generate a higher impact of the results. They would be best placed to implement the successful technologies on a larger scale in battery systems, eventually contributing to a more sustainable society. This involves the most relevant national stakeholders in mobility and electric cars, as well as the civil society stakeholders and companies.