21GRD01 Opmetbat

 "Operando metrology for energy storage materials"

A Joint Research Project within the European Partnership on Metrology 

Project overview

The development of new battery materials is key to improving the performance, lifetime, safety and cost of energy storage technologies like Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles. However, innovation is hampered by the inability of industry to reliably characterise their structure and chemistry in an operating environment. 

This project will build a metrological framework supporting traceable operando characterisation of state-of-the-art battery materials under dynamic charge / discharge conditions. This includes advancement and validation of ex situ methods, establishing new protocols, cells and a best practice guide for operando approaches and developing new instrumentation enabling hybrid, multiparameter measurement to inform new materials development. 

OpMetBat essentials

What is the Metrology Partnership?

The Metrology Partnership will bring together the measurement science community and stakeholders to deliver on global challenges including health and climate, support the European Green Deal, and underpin innovation in industry through collaborative research.

Metrology, the science of measurement, is a building block for an industrialised and increasingly globalised and digital society: Reliable measurements are essential for innovation in industry, research, trade and regulation. New societal challenges and emerging technologies increase the need for accurate, precise, and trustworthy measurements and thus for novel measurement capabilities.

The Metrology Partnership aims to support accelerating the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, as well as strengthening the resilience, competitiveness, and economic growth of the European industry.

European Partnerships are a key implementation tool of the European Commission’s Horizon Europe; an ambitious research and innovation programme, running from 2021 to 2027.

The European Partnership on Metrology is co-funded by the Member States and the European Union with an expected budget of over 650 million euro. The expected impact of the European Partnership on Metrology is manifold, as it will support a wide range of policies, commerce and advancement of key European challenges.

The Partnership builds on the progress achieved under the previous European Metrology Research Programmes, and aims to break new ground by contributing to the development of self-sustaining, coordinated metrology infrastructures, with the capacity to continue joint research and innovation after 2030. 

What are the project outcomes?

The uptake of the new know-how developed in the OpMetBat project will deliver a lasting impact of improving battery performance, durability and safety as fade and failure mechanisms become better understood. 

The good practice guide developed will benefit the scientific community by improving reliability, repeatability/reproducibility and fidelity of operando measurements. The project will pioneer operando metrology for battery research at several European synchrotron radiation facilities and the transfer into laboratories to support industry and researchers.

What's the goal of OpMetBat project?

The project aims to develop operando techniques and hybrid (multi-modal) instrumentation, supported by quantitative and validated ex situ analysis and electrochemical measurements methods, to enable beyond stateoftheart materials characterisation for high-capacity energy storage technologies.  

The specific objectives are:

What about the project funding?

The 21GRD01 OpMetBat project has received funding from the European Partmership on Metrology  Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


News Archive

"Many exciting presentations and inspiring discussions on the topic of battery research with synchrotrons. Our results from the OpMetBat project were very well received." (Sebastian Risse HZB)

Online meeting - 13th February 2023

On meeting of february 13th, we presented the on-going activities of WP1 and the schedule of coming experimental work. MEET is actually producing the cathode and anode pristine materials to provide to the partners involved in the experimental work. CEA, PTB, NPL, TUB, ULiv commented on the coming experimental works either performing x-ray techniques, Raman or SIMS. University of Roma is performing first studies on the Li-S system. Moreover, Mersin University acknowledged for the theoretical calculation of the density of states for the Ni-Mn-Co battery system.