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A German research institute is looking for industrial partners to take part in their consortium for a H2020 proposal through a research cooperation agreement in a project that aims at developing a redox-flow battery that can be regenerated (recharged) by a low temperature (<100°C) heat source. The sought partners should be companies working in the field of redox-flow batteries, ceramics, liquid-liquid exchange, membrane chemical processes and/or related fields.
The research institute and its current partners are looking for industrial partners with different profiles and specialization to take part in the project that comes as response to the H2020 FETOPEN-01-2016-2017 topic. The cooperation between the consortium and the targeted partners will be based on a research cooperation agreement. The current consortium consists of the German research institute, an Italian research institute and an Italian SME.
The project aims at developing a prototype of a redox-flow battery that can be recharged by using a low temperature heat source (<100°C). The two feed solutions used by the battery have the same composition but different concentration. The cell produces current by exploiting the two feed solutions; at the end of the discharge, the difference of concentration between the two solutions vanishes. The recharge is performed by distillation, which restores the concentration difference.
The electrochemical device is unconventional, the further development of scheme is part of the project. It is a concentration cell, with analogies to a redox-flow battery. The electrodes will be carbon cloths, possibly platinized. The whole device requires, in particular, a diaphragm made of perm-selective material, which will be a solid-state ion conductor, e.g. a ceramic material of the class of NASICON. Another device that will be integrated in the system is based on a technology bearing analogies with the liquid-liquid exchange.
The deadline for the proposal submission is the 27th of September 2017.
The deadline for the Expression of interest is the 31st of August 2017.
The research institute is looking for industrial partners with different profiles for a research cooperation agreement.
- Profile 1: SME/ Industry partner with an expertise in advanced/functional/technical ceramics to develop an ion-conducting diaphragm made of ceramics.
- Profile 2: SME/ Industry with expertise in redox-flow batteries to design and scale-up the electrochemical cell.
- Profile 3: SME/ Industry with expertise in engineering of solutions, databases of thermodynamic and electrochemical Properties to design the working fluids for the electrochemical cell, to optimize the solutions for distillation and to supervise the safety/ regulation issues.
- Profile 4: SME/ Industry with expertise in liquid- liquid extraction/ solvent extraction to develop a small mixer- settler to be associated to the prototype.