AMAPOLA project pursues the development of an Al-S battery with polymer gel electrolyte, which has the potential to store very high energy
Batteries play a key role in our everyday life, providing energy in telecommunications, public transportation or medical procedures. Furthermore, they have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not only for their direct use in electric vehicles but also because the energy produced by renewable sources needs to be stored.
A Marketable Polymer based Al-S battery (AMAPOLA) is a FET Proactive Project funded under the EIC Transition to Innovation Activities and it will foster the developments achieved in the FET-Open SALBAGE project, towards real applications and towards market. The focus will be put in turning the promising research results obtained in SALBAGE into genuine technological innovations demonstrating that Al-S based batteries can have a place in certain market niches as a new future technology on batteries.
The project is founded in the combination of sulfur and aluminium in a battery, what is especially attractive because of the very high abundance of both elements. The Al-S cell has the potential to store very high energy, and very high prospective values of energy density of 660 Wh/l and specific energy of 400 Wh/kg are calculated at a cell level, taking advantage of the incorporation of innovative Polymer Gel Electrolytes (PGEs) based on novel highly conductive and inexpensive Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) for a cheaper, lighter, tougher and safer battery concept.
The consortium is coordinated by HEMPOL group (ICTP-CSIC) and integrated by researchers from University of Leicester, Graz University of Technology (TUGraz), University of Southampton and Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the battery company Varta Microinnovation and the SME Tech2Market.
FET-Open and FET Proactive are now part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot (specifically the Pathfinder), the new home for deep-tech research and innovation in Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation.
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