PULSELiON [Horizon Europe]

Next generation battery manufacturing: enabling large scale manufacturing of Solid-state batteries

Project title: PUlsed Laser depoSition tEchnology for soLid State battery manufacturIng supported by digitalizatiON

Funding programme: Horizon Europe

Action type: Research & Innovation Action (RIA)

Duration: 01/09/2022 – 31/08/2026

Overview of the PULSELiON project

The PULSELiON project aims to develop a manufacturing process for Generation 4b solid-state batteries that are based on a lithium-metal anode, a sulfide solid electrolyte, and a nickel-rich NMC cathode. A novel pulsed laser deposition technique, already developed by project partner PULSEDEON, will be adapted and modified into a single-step vacuum process for safe and efficient manufacturing of anode components composed of lithium metal, protective layers, and sulfide-based solid electrolytes. The cathode layer will be based on conventional wet processing techniques.

Initially, the anode and cathode layers will be developed in small-scale to make coin cells and monolayer cells for optimising the materials and process. Solid-state cells will be developed with optimised process routes and will be upscaled to a pilot line proof-of-concept (TRL 6) by large scale manufacturing of 10 Ah solid-state batteries. Digitalisation will be incorporated in the process modeling (digital twinning) task with the inputs obtained from process upscaling and cell testing tasks, which will enable efficient process optimisation.

Project objectives

  1. Increase global competitiveness of the European battery ecosystemthrough delivering breakthrough technologies and knowledge in battery materials, cell design and manufacturing for next generation solid-state batteries
  2. Increase safety and long-term stability of future batteries during their operational life
  3. Accelerate the application of batteries in EVs and the renewable energy sector, due to increased energy, power and charging performance of batteries
  4. Enable the production costs decrease to below € 75/kWh with the novel PULSELiON manufacturing technologies, when applied in mass productions
  5. Advance sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment of the battery value chain by increasing the critical material recovery rate of the PULSELiON batteries during recycling to 90%, via eco-design of the battery production and recycling processes

Our involvement in the PULSELiON project

Within the PULSELiON project, PNO Innovation Belgium supports the project’s network development and clustering activities.

More information

PULSELiON website