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SPARTACUS makes batteries stronger
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Batteries for electric cars and mobile devices are easy to use, but repeated charging and discharging accelerates aging, reduces the performance of battery cells and shortens their service life. In the SPARTACUS research project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISC are using a range of different sensors to monitor the internal status of battery cells. The data can be used to optimize the battery management system, …
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Joint project Wokshops with HIDDEN and BAT4EVER
SPARTACUS project and two other Battery 2030+ projects – BAT4EVER and HIDDEN – are collaborating in workshops to create synergies between battery sensing and self healing approaches for batteries. The focus is on battery performance and reliability – for example, how can SPARTACUS sensors detect self healing processes, or how can sensor signals trigger self healing processes if necessary? The last two workshops with the two sister projects took place in February and March. Follow us on LinkedIn to stay tuned.
March 8, 2022 – International Women’s Day
Get more women inspired by research and battery technology – statement from Maitane Berecibar, Professor and head the Battery Innovation Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Workpackage Leader in the SPARTACUS project
What is your research about?
Together with my team, we study the batteries of the future. Starting by prototyping new battery technologies, upscaling, testing and developing all smart algorithms and functionalities that are needed for a battery pack to be used in an application.
Why did you choose to get into science?
Since I was a kid I was intrigued by science, maths and physics. I was also very much aware of making our world a better place by recycling and understanding the problems on pollution and the scarcity of resources.
Therefore, developing technological solutions for a better, greener and more sustainable wold was without any doubt what I wanted to do.
What needs to be done to get more women into the field of battery research?
It is important to always highlight that women are essential in science. Our thoughts, efforts and minds are needed to develop technology. I would like to say to all girls and women: Follow your dreams and never give up, you are supported!
Two of the BATTERY 2030+ project teams – the HIDDEN project and SPARTACUS – met for a joint workshop on Feb 8, 2022. The aim was to foster synergy between self healing and sensing technologies for future batteries
The SPARTACUS research project as part of the EU research initiative BATTERY 2030+ has now been running for around a year. The project has successfully mastered the first milestones and project goals. On the way to sensor-based optimization of charging times, range and service life for lithium-ion batteries, the SPARTACUS project team has worked on a number of partial aspects over the past 12 months. Now the individual components can be combined into a complete system.
Read more in the current press release…
What We Do
Faster charging, longer stability of performance not only for electric vehicles but also for smartphones and other battery powered products – that’s what the recently started SPARTACUS research project wants to achieve. By utilizing advanced sensors and cell management systems, SPARTACUS aims to reduce charging times by up to 20 percent without compromising the reliability and service life of batteries. The European Union is funding SPARTACUS as part of the BATTERY 2030+ research initiative.
© A. Latour, CEA for SPARTACUS
Details of the printed circuit board for the battery sensor system with mounted temperature sensor and printed ultrasonic sensors.
BATTERY 2030+ is a large-scale research initiative in Europe with the aim of developing more environmentally friendly and safer batteries with better performance, greater storage capacity options and longer life. Under the umbrella of BATTERY 2030+, research projects from three different areas are currently being launched:
- Development of a European infrastructure plat-form to combine large-scale calculations and experimental studies to map the complex reactions that take place in a battery.
- Development and integration of sensors that monitor and report the condition of the battery in real-time.
- Development of regenerative components that extend battery life and improve safety.
BATTERY 2030+ is coordinated by Prof. Kristina Edström, University of Uppsala, Sweden. The consortium comprises 23 partner organizations and companies from 14 European countries.
SPARTACUS in a nutshell
SPARTACUS stands for “Spatially resolved acoustic, mechanical and ultrasonic sensing for smart batteries”. The project aims to develop a multi-functional sensor array technology for various types of batteries.
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The SPARTACUS project will change common LIB BMS fundamentally by implementing a dedicated model on cell level (CMS) fed by an array of integrated acousto-mechanical and thermal sensors and combined with advanced impedance spectroscopy.
The SPARTACUS project supports this goal by maximizing the performances of the battery in terms of fast charge and cycle life to increase first and second life use, and therefore duration of stay in material cycle.
SPARTACUS will feature smart battery cells with affordable sensor solutions in order to detect degradation and failure mechanisms, intentionally before loss of performance takes place to eventually unfold the full potential of LIB.
Partners and Stakeholders
The consortium is composed of 4 research organizations, 1 university and 2 industrials covering all relevant expertise needed.
Smarter batteries for Europe
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Spatially resolved acoustic, mechanical and ultrasonic sensing for smart batteries – SPARTACUS
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Partners from industry and research
How to participate
Become member of the SPARTACUS Industrial Advisory Board
- Industrial product development experience
- Technical requirements
- Market needs
- A little time and attention, once a year – or more often, if you like.
- Stay informed about the ongoing project.
- Influence the alignment of the project goals for your own needs.
- Discuss with the work package leaders.
- Benefit from networking within the Battery 2030+ innovation platform.
- Have a front row seat when it comes to using project results.