The initiative, which involves 16 leading continental entities and is funded by the EU’s Horizon Europe program, aims to lay the foundations for the “gigafactory” of the future. The objective is to develop sustainable manufacturing processes for the production of ion-lithium battery cells with a minimum environmental impact and energy consumption in the design phase.

CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research center of reference in battery storage, thermal energy solutions and hydrogen technologies, and member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA, will promote the development of sustainable processes for the production of lithium-ion battery cells, which will facilitate a significant reduction in environmental impact and energy costs in the design phase. This work is part of the European project GIGAGREEN, in which CIC energiGUNE participates along with other 15 entities of the continent, and which is entirely funded by the EU through the Horizon Europe program.

“The ultimate goal of GIGAGREEN is to lay the foundations for the Gigafactory of the future”, has stated Raquel Ferret, Business Development Manager at CIC energiGUNE. “This way, we are working to position Europe in the leading group of the lithium-ion battery market and, consequently, in the new generation of electric vehicles”.

Specifically, GIGAGREEN proposes a research structure oriented towards the objective of developing and broadening new manufacturing processes for cell and electrode components, applying an innovative design approach for the manufacturing. This means that GIGAGREEN will seek the mimimun environmental impact and energy consumption in the design of the cells, thus facilitating their reuse and disassembly.

This will result in higher profitability and in increased process and product safety, as well as providing high-performance technologies that can be easily scaled and automated in the context of the gigafactories expected for industry 4.0 and 5.0.

A group of scientists at CIC energiGUNE work at the Dry Room developing Battery Cells. They are wearing proper safety equipment (uniforms, masks, gloves...)

In fact, GIGAGREEN will be a turning point for the EU cell manufacturing industry, as its results will contribute to a smooth transition between today’s processing methods (manual, isolated, with a trial-and-error approach and not easily scalable or flexible), and the lithium-ion cell factory of the future, based on more eco-friendly, cleaner, cheaper, safer, improved, digitalized and flexible technologies.

GIGAGREEN is a project led by the Polytechnic University of Turin, with the participation of –in addition to CIC energiGUNE- Sustainable Innovations, ABEE, Solvionic, Leclanche, Nanomakers, University of Parma, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Sintef, Inegi Oporto, Arlanxeo, Alphanov, Manz Italia, CETIM and Johnson Matthey. The Basque center will lead the development of technologies for the dry and wet processing of the cells.

The GIGAGREEN project benefits from the most recent and current manufacturing approaches, mainly focused on the improvement of those points that represent higher energy and economic costs and have a greater margin of improvement and innovation, as is the case of cell-electrode processing and its components.

Thanks to the advances provided by GIGAGREEN, the EU industry will be able to rapidly utilize the results related to water-based processing after 2026, so that the industry’s performance will immediately begin to improve its competitiveness with materials designed and improved to operate and be processed under these conditions and, moreover, will pave the way towards dry electrode processing techniques as the next technological revolution of lithium-ion manufacturing.


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