The headquarters of the Basque center at the Alava Technology Park hosted the kick-off meeting of this project, in which 12 partners and one affiliated entity are participating with the aim of promoting a new sodium-ion cell technology that will allow them to achieve an energy density comparable to that of power batteries but with greater performance in terms of potency and cyclability. CIC energiGUNE, in addition of assuming the coordination tasks of MUSIC, will provide knowledge in the development of materials and prototyping, so that the project opens the door to the manufacture of sustainable sodium-ion cells.

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, has hosted at its headquarters in the Alava Technology Park the kick-off meeting of the European project MUSIC, which aims to manufacture high-performance electrochemical storage systems based on sodium-ion technology. The meeting, which started yesterday and has finished today, brought together in Vitoria-Gasteiz representatives of the 12 partners, including the Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie (KIT), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique(CNRS), or BCARE, among others.

“This project aims to respond to a specific need in the field of electrochemical energy storage”, has said Jon Ajuria, Principal Investigator at CIC energiGUNE for the MUSIC project. “We are going to open the door to a new technology in the field of sodium-ion that is capable of bringing the energy density of these devices to that of power batteries, but with very short recharge times – just a few seconds-, and with a very limited loss of efficiency”, he has assured.

The MUSIC project also incorporates highly demanding criteria in terms of sustainability and respect for the environment. In this sense, for the development of the sodium-ion technology, any use of potentially harmful substances will be avoided, and only new advanced electrodes based on new carbonaceous and binders of a biopolymer nature in combination with green electrolytes that are sustainable by design will be produced.

CIC energiGUNE leads the European MUSIC project for the development of sustainable sodium-ion capacitors with fast recharge and maximum efficiency

The consortium will also develop new manufacturing processes and industrial value chains through the development of a new presodiation approach, transversal to other battery technologies, such as the solid-state batteries. This will enable to a low-cost solution that facilitates the industrialization of the technology.

In addition to being the project coordinator, CIC energiGUNE will make an important contribution to the implementation of the project with its broad knowledge in materials development and cell prototyping. In fact, the Basque center has once again been recognized by the EU as one of the reference agents in these fields. “Our letter of introduction, which is at the very origin of the project, is the possibility of scaling up and prototyping this technology”, has recalled María Arnaiz, researcher at CIC energiGUNE and member of the MUSIC project team.

In this context, the Basque center will play a crucial role in the development of the synthesis and characterization of active materials, through new ‘ad hoc’ designed carbons with optimized properties for use as electrodes in hybrid sodium ions capacitors.

MUSIC has an execution period of 48 months and its consortium is formed by the following entities: CIC energiGUNE, Clancy Haussler Rita, Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Nantes Universite, Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, Institut de Recherche Technologique Jules Verne, E-Lyte Innovations Gmbh, Beyonder As, BCARE and Patentes Talgo.

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