The ELIBAMA (European Li-Ion Battery Advanced Manufacturing) project aims at enhancing and accelerating the creation of a strong European automotive battery industry structured around industrial companies already committed to mass production of Li-ion cells and batteries for EVs.

This project is part of the European 7th Framework Programme and of the European Green Cars Initiative.

Objectives of ELIBAMA

The project will exploit advanced eco-design methods of manufacturing battery cells in order to guarantee drastic gains in cost reduction and environment-friendliness across the value chain of the battery production. Specifically, the project will focus on the development of eco-friendly processes for electrode coating and production, electrolyte manufacturing, fast and homogenous electrolyte filling processes, cell design and assembly.

Moreover, the project will develop new technologies to improve downstream quality and reduce the rate of defective products at the end of the manufacturing chain. Such technologies include clean room manufacturing processes, online high resolution monitoring and inspection solutions and non-destructive testing of Li-ion cells. The recycling and refurbishing of end-of-life Li-ion batteries will also be realized in three ways: (a) schemes for their safe take back and transportation, (b) diagnostic methods for the monitoring of used commercial batteries to assess their second life potential, and (c) best practices for the eco-design conception and easy dismantling of batteries in order to maximize their recycling potential.

All these technical improvements will be closely monitored and validated from the environmental point of view by a consistent life cycle analysis in the course of the ELIBAMA project.

Part of thinkstep in the project

thinkstep will undertake an independent LCA to closely monitor and validate the technical improvements within the other work packages from the environmental point of view (by quantitative assessment).

Therefore WP5 on LCA activities will run in parallel over the whole project period and will have interactions with all other work packages in order to give early feedback on what has been already achieved and what still has to be improved (decision gate during technology development process).

thinkstep will play the moderator role between the consortium partners in order to enable the communication/information overview between the partners.