Call: Interface and electron monitoring for the engineering of new and emerging battery technologies (Batteries Partnership)
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"Horizon Europe - Cluster 5 - Destination 2: Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition"
This Destination covers thematic areas which are cross-cutting by nature and can provide key solutions for climate, energy and mobility applications. In line with the scope of cluster 5 such areas are batteries, hydrogen, communities and cities, early-stage breakthrough technologies as well as citizen engagement. Although these areas are very distinct in terms of challenges, stakeholder communities and expected impacts, they have their cross-cutting nature as a unifying feature and are therefore grouped together under this Destination.
This Destination contributes to the following Strategic Plan’s Key Strategic Orientations (KSO):
It covers the following impact areas:
The expected impact, in line with the Strategic Plan, is to contribute to the “Clean and sustainable transition of the energy and transport sectors towards climate neutrality facilitated by innovative cross-cutting solutions”, notably through:
A competitive and sustainable European battery value chain
Batteries will enable the rollout of zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage, contributing to the European Green Deal and supporting the UN SDGs by creating a vibrant, responsible and sustainable market. Besides climate neutrality, batteries also contribute to other UN SDGs directly and indirectly such as enabling of decentralized and off-grid energy solutions.
The strategic pathway is, on the one hand, for Europe to rapidly regain technological competitiveness in order to capture a significant market share of the new and fast growing rechargeable battery market, and, on the other hand, to invest in longer term research on future battery technologies to establish Europe's long term technological leadership and industrial competitiveness
The Partnership “Towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain for stationary applications and e-mobility”, to which all battery-related topics under this Destination will contribute, aims to establish world-leading sustainable and circular European battery value chain to drive transformation towards a carbon-neutral society.
The main impacts to be generated by topics targeting the battery value chain under this Destination are:
Communities and cities
This work programme contains only a few activities. The bulk of activities related to communities and cities will be introduced during 2021 as an update to the Horizon Europe work programme 2021, once the preparatory phase of the Horizon Europe Missions has been concluded.
Emerging breakthrough technologies and climate solutions
Although the contribution of a wide range of technologies to reach climate neutrality is already foreseeable, EU R&I programming should also leave room for emerging and break-through technologies with a high potential to achieve climate neutrality. These technologies can play a significant role in reaching the EU’s goal to become climate neutral by 2050.
Relevant topics supported under this Destination do not duplicate activities supported under Pillars I or III, but focus on emerging technologies that can enable the climate transition and follows at the same time a technology-neutral bottom up approach and the support of key technologies that are expected to support achieving climate neutrality. Research in this area is mostly technological in nature but should also where relevant be accompanied by assessments of environmental impact, social and economic impacts, and possible regulatory needs as well as activities to support the creation of value chains and to build up new ecosystems of stakeholders working on breakthrough technologies.
The main expected impacts to be generated by topics targeting breakthrough technologies and climate solutions under this Destination are:
Citizens and stakeholder engagement
The transition to climate-neutral economies and societies by 2050 is the defining challenge of this century. The challenge is not just technical: it calls for wide-ranging societal transformations and the adaptation of lifestyles and behaviours. Engaging citizens and stakeholders is therefore critical for the success of the European Green Deal, as is making greater recourse to the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), alongside the Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) disciplines.
The topics under this section do not stand alone but aim to complement and support the broader integration (“mainstreaming”) of citizen and stakeholder engagement as well as the social sciences and humanities (SSH) across the whole Horizon Europe programme map and particularly Cluster 5.
The main expected impacts to be generated by topics targeting citizen and stakeholder engagement under this Destination are:
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Interface and electron monitoring for the engineering of new and emerging battery technologies (Batteries Partnership)
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"Interface and electron monitoring for the engineering of new and emerging battery technologies (Batteries Partnership)"
State-of-the-art in experimental and computational techniques for characterisation of battery materials and interfaces are targeting the scale of the atoms and ions. There is still a lack of understanding hampering the engineering of new and emerging battery technologies,, due to the complexity of interface formation and evolution as a function of time, temperature, battery cycling conditions and chemical composition of the electrolytes consisting of different salts, additives and liquid solvents and/or solid components,. Going into more depth, at process level, the time and the length scale of the electron transfer reactions remain almost completely underexplored.
Pushing the frontiers of present in situ analytical techniques is a must to more efficiently pursue research on sustainable materials and to develop greener Li-ion as well as future battery chemistries. Improvements in analytical techniques that would allow to follow the movement of interfacial reactions at the molecular scale all the way to the role of electrons at the nanoscale and sub-nanoscale, at relevant timescales and on relevant systems and interfaces, will have great impact beyond the sole battery field and would benefit to the electrochemistry field as a whole, including electrocatalysis and others. It will contribute to open up a new era for the study of transport at interfaces, which remains one of the greatest challenges of research for any electrochemist. For researchers exploring new storage concepts and engineering new interfaces, it will also provide insight into how to control the movement and redox processes of atoms. It can lead to an increased control of the electronic wiring of electrodes and a deeper understanding of the redistribution of electronic charge during redox processes.
Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:
This topic should support the development of novel experimental and computational techniques targeting the time and length scales of interface reactions in a battery cell including electron and ion localisation, mobility and transfer reactions.
This targets the development of novel analytical techniques, supported by modelling and simulation, able to follow interface, electron and ion dynamics in battery materials and battery cells, and carefully selecting controlled model systems to implement those novel techniques.
Examples of experimental tools include operando Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), operando ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy techniques, operando X-ray scattering techniques, NMR, soft X-ray spectroscopy with RIXS, neutron spectroscopy, ultra-fast spectroscopic methods as well as Free Electron Laser (FEL) facilities. Other synchrotron and neutron scattering and ion-beam techniques leading to development of new understanding of interfaces can also to be suggested and implemented. The goal is to give advice and new insights on how to increase the life time and safety of new emerging technologies.
Building upon the BATTERY 2030+: this call topic addresses the need of increasing the fundamental understanding of processes in batteries at a level that will accelerate the development of more stable chemistries adapted for their specific purpose. The proposal should also cover the contribution and collaboration to the BATTERY 2030+ large scale initiative.
This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on ‘Towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain for stationary applications and e-mobility’.
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|Thematic Focus||Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Climate, Climate Change, Environment & Biodiversity, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Green Technologies & Green Deal, Mobility & Transport/Traffic|
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|Eligible applicants||Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, National Government, Other, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association|
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eligible non-EU countries:
Please see the List of Participating Countries in Horizon Europe for an up-to-date list of countries with which the association agreements have started to produce legal effects (either through provisional application or their entry into force).
Legal entities which are established in countries not listed above will be eligible for funding if provided for in the specific call conditions, or if their participation is considered essential for implementing the action by the granting authority.
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Unless otherwise provided for in the specific call conditions , legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes:
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Proposal page limits and layout:
The application form will have two parts:
Page limit - Part B: 45 pages
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Activities are expected to achieve TRL 3-4 by the end of the project.
|Submission||Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.|