3.1 Increase resource efficiency in resource intensive production processes
Łukasiewicz-IMN is willing to lead an ERA-MIN3 project having tentative title: "Exploiting new raw materials sources for future environmentally neutral batteries". The idea of the project is to look for novel resources (ore deposits, secondary raw material sources, etc.) of some critical elements/materials required for the next generation batteries (generation 4b and 5 lithium batteries, including advanced Li-ion batteries, solid state lithium batteries, metallic lithium batteries, Li-S, Na-ion, Mg-ion, redox-flow batteries, hybrid capacitors, etc.). Examples of these elements/materials are: lithium, vanadium, sulfur, nickel, copper, magnesium, engineered carbons). The project should also demonstrate innovative ways of processing the above mentioned ores/raw materials towards utilisable chemicals/materials (purified salts, oxides, etc.). Typical partner competences sought might include (as examples): Processing and purification of waste sulfur from chemical or petroleum industry, acquiring, sorting and processing of plastics from oceans towards engineered carbons, extraction of lithium from geothermal waters and other non-mineral sources, novel extraction ways for magnesium , vanadium, etc., processing ores from new deposits, preparation and characterization of battery active materials as well as testing demonstrative electrochemical cells. Other ideas not mentioned above are highly welcomed.
Łukasiewicz-IMN is an R&D institute with outstanding experience and scientific track record in such areas as metallurgy of non-ferrous metals, chemical technology and materials science. Poznan division of Łukasiewicz-IMN is an R&D unit specialized in electrochemical energy storage and electromobility. Specific areas of expertise include battery systems, fuel cells, energy storage for renewable energy systems and smart grids, new types of electrochemical cells, including lithium and sodium-based systems and supercapacitors, reserve battery systems, as well as materials synthesis and characterization for batteries. The centre is also active in the fields of battery testing and certification according to international regulations, trainings, battery recycling, standardization and safety. The centre is capable of providing all kinds of battery-related collaboration for industry, including SMEs, in the form of joint projects, direct R&D contracts, expert advisory and special-purpose production.