BATTERIES2020: Towards Realistic European Competitive Automotive batteries.

  • Van Mierlo, Joeri (Administrative Promotor)
  • Coosemans, Thierry (Co-Promotor)
  • Van Den Bossche, Peter (Co-Promotor)
  • Timmermans, Jean-Marc Paul, (Collaborator)
  • Capron, Odile, (Collaborator)
  • Gopalakrishnan, Rahul, (Collaborator)
  • Omar, Noshin, (Co-Promotor)
  • Goutam, Shovon, (Collaborator)
  • Nikolian, Alexandros, (Collaborator)
  • De Hoog, Joris, (Collaborator)

Project Details


A lifetime of 4000 cycles at 80 % DOD and an energy density of 250 Wh/kg is a target for automotive batteries. The
Batteries2020 project takes several steps to increase lifetime and energy density of large format lithium ion batteries towards
these goals. Our approach is based on three parallel strategies: 1) highly focused materials development; 2) understanding
ageing and degradation phenomena; and, 3) routes to reduce battery cost.
We will improve cathode materials based on nickel/manganese/cobalt (NMC) oxides. Such materials have a high chance to
be up-scaled and commercialized near-term. Only then, cell development efforts can be translated from pilot to mass
production, a prerequisite for qualification in the automotive industry.
We will start with state of the art cells and will develop two improved generations of NMC materials and cells towards high
performance, high stability and cycleability.
A deep understanding of ageing phenomena and degradation mechanisms can help to identify critical parameters that affect
lifetime battery performance. This identification helps effectively improving materials, system and the development of
materials selection criteria. However, ageing and degradation mechanisms have multiple reasons and are complex. We
propose a realistic approach with a combined and well organised Consortium effort towards the development of robust
testing methodology which will be improved in several steps. Combined accelerated, real tests, real field data, post-mortem,
modelling and validation will provide a thorough understanding of ageing and degradation processes.
Battery cost is a major barrier to EV market. Second life uses can reduce battery costs. We will analyse the potentiality of
reusing and recycling batteries for providing economic viable project outputs.
Short title or EU acronymBATTERIES2020
Effective start/end date1/09/1331/08/16


  • Electric Installations
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Numerical Electromagnetic Simulations
  • Lighting
  • Computational Electrochemistry
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Electrochemistry
  • Traction Batteries And Battery Chargers
  • Cathodic Protection

Flemish discipline codes

  • Automotive engineering
  • Modelling
  • Mechanics
  • Physical chemistry