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French RTO specialised in ceramics and multimaterials looking to join a consortium for Horizon Europe calls on Batteries (Cluster 5)

Stato: Idea
Data di creazione: 20-04-2023

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Short summary A French RTO specialized in ceramics wishes to join a consortium for the following Horizon Europe calls on batteries: HORIZON-CL5-2023-D2-02-02 and/or, HORIZON-CL5-2024-D2-02-02. This RTO proposes to bring to a consortium its strong skillset with an innovative coating process named Aerosol Deposition Method, presenting many advantages contributing to the technical and environmental challenges of these calls. They are looking for consortia composed of other RTOs, academic partners, and companies.

Full description The French RTO is a non-profit association by statutory law, and is labelled by the French Ministry of Research and Innovation as a competence centre in ceramics. It works mostly on ceramics and multimaterials, their shaping processes, heat treatments and characterization, as a solutions provider for various industrial sectors, such as aeronautics, electronics, energy, health industry, … It offers R&D services, Design Office services, Up-scaling services, Pilot lines, Analyses, and Training for companies (mainly SMEs) willing to benefit from the great performances of such materials (thermal resistance, mechanical resistance, chemistry inertia, Hardness, …). It has a strong link with Universities on upstream subjects, such as materials and technologies developments, scientific knowledge to manage developments, or establishing Proof of Concept. In terms of equipment, it owns more than a hundred of machines for powder synthesis, feedstocks preparation (slurries, pastes, granulated powders, …), both conventional and additive manufacturing, software tools for parts design and also characterization devices. It also has several industrial equipment to work the scale up and to make "mini-series". To do so, they own pilot lines for small production. The RTO has also developed strong skills with direct writing technologies (Ink-Jet Printing, Aerosol Jet Printing and Aerosol, Microdispensing) and with an innovative coating process named Aerosol Deposition Method. This process would represent an asset for proposals applying to any or both of the following calls: • HORIZON-CL5-2023-D2-02-02: New Approaches to Develop Enhanced Safety Materials for Gen 3 Li-Ion Batteries for Mobility Applications (Batt4EU Partnership) – deadline 05/09/2023 • HORIZON-CL5-2024-D2-02-02: Post-Li-ion technologies and relevant manufacturing techniques for mobility applications (Generation 5) (Batt4EU Partnership) – deadline 05/09/2024 The RTO wishes to join a consortium already composed of academic partners and/or other RTOs, as well as large companies and/or SMEs, with expertise in other aspects of the development of safer materials for high-performing battery cells (for the 2023 call), or in post-Li-ion technologies and manufacturing techniques (for the 2024 call).

Advantages and innovations This French RTO has extensive skills and experience in « Aerosol Deposition Method (ADM) ». For the past few years, the RTO has been working on the development of this new process (INPACT technology, European Patent), which is a computer controlled fabrication of ceramic (or polymeric-ceramic composite) coatings based on the fragmentation and consolidation of ceramic particles on a substrate at room temperature. The densified layers shaped by that process do not require post-treatments such as debinding or sintering. This technology achieves various coating properties in terms of thickness, porosity, microstructure, depending on materials and operating parameters used. The RTO owns several ADM devices and is able to deposit a wide range of materials under air and under controlled atmosphere. ADM, initially developed in Japan, presents many advantages: - Low energy consumption (room temperature process, gas consumption < 2m3/h) - Low environmental impact (no greenhouse gas emissions, solvents/organics free) - Easily industrialized (simple design, everything is automated) - No phase change between the powder and the final coating. - High growth rate (20 µm/min for a 1x1 mm2 surface) compared to conventional coating processes such as PVD or CVD. - Nanostructured coating - Coating thickness from 0.1 to 100 µm - No intermediate layer between coating and substrate - Possibility of dense or porous coatings - Possibility of coating on any type of substrates (glass, ceramics, metal foils, polymers) and to make composite coatings. - Possibility of powder recycling.

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