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16/09/2021
Battery technology in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park environment
Last July, in the framework of electric mobility, one of the current challenges for our society, the Spanish government approved the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation of the Electric and Connected Vehicle, a comprehensive initiative that aims to provide the industrial fabric with all the capabilities and infrastructure needed for the development of the electric car.

In this context, within the Barcelona Synchrotron Park environment, top-level entities are working to promote the research and development of this technology: increasing its performance and sustainability, identifying new chemical molecules beyond lithium ions, etc.

First of all, let’s mention two research institutes located on the campus of our partner and neighbor the Autonomous University of Barcelona, leaders in materials science and among the world centers involved in this field of research: the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2).
 
Secondly, let’s highlight the Eurecat technology centre with one of its locations next to our Park. This year, Eurecat has created, together with the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), the reference centre on batteries of southern Europe Battech, which will focus its activities on R&D projects. It will cover the cell and battery design, materials, testing and validation, industrialization, second life and circularity stages to generate and transfer knowledge to industry.  
 
Finally, we should mention the Alba Synchrotron, the icon of our park and a facility for cutting-edge research and technological development, which plays a key role in the field of batteries: it allows the characterization and development of new materials, for example for anodes and cathodes, or the analysis of their in-situ behaviour in the charging and discharging processes.

 

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