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COBRA Secures Grant to Develop Next Generation Cobalt-Free Batteries

Auto News - Published on Tue, 23 Jun 2020

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The COBRA, CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications, project has been awarded with 11.8 million euro grant to develop Next Generation Cobalt-free batteries. The project started earlier this year and will run until January 2024. TNO collaborates and plays a leading role in COBRA in the development of cobalt-free batteries for electric vehicles by validating battery cell improvements and developing control algorithms for battery packs.

Most Li-ion batteries contain cobalt which has some major concerns regarding toxicity, environment, health and a questionable or unethical supply chain. COBRA is a collaborative research and innovation project on next-generation cobalt free and co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. COBRA aims to develop a novel cobalt-free Lithium-ion battery technology, while maintaining the high energy/power-density and lifetime performance we know from cobalt-based lithium-ion batteries. The proposed Li-ion battery technology will be demonstrated at TRL6 battery pack and validated on an automotive electric vehicle test bed.

The involvement of several leading organizations for battery manufacturing ensures easy adaptation to production lines and scale-up to contribute to a higher market adoption while helping to strengthen Europe’s position in the field.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 23 Jun 2020
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