'Semi-solid flow' battery combines best of two worlds

In the INFLUENCE project, VITO and six other European partners look at a new type of rechargeable battery. The 'semi-solid flow' battery lasts longer and offers possibilities for storage in smart electricity grids. 
Flow batteries allow for renewable energy to be buffered efficiently by disconnecting capacity and energy. They store excess energy produced by solar panels or wind turbines, and release it when the installations produce less energy. As an added bonus, the lifespan of these batteries can be extended. The semi-solid flow battery combines these properties with the advantages of classic lithium-ion batteries.

Through this project, the research partners want to gain more insight into the chemical interactions surrounding the interface of the hybrid battery. They want to come up with specific methods for characterisation to evaluate these interface processes in a reliable manner.

VITO's role in the project

VITO coordinates the INFLUENCE project. The VITO researchers model the interface and subsequently validate it provisionally. They also work on a prototype for a rechargeable battery that can store excess energy.

INFLUENCE: facts & figures
  • Partner project between eight European partners in six countries
  • Part of the European Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) of the European Commission
  • Duration: September 2013 - August 2016
  • Budget: €3,200,000, of which the European Commission contributes €2,500,000
     

 For more information and updates, visit: www.fp7-influence.eu

The 'semi-solid flow' battery lasts longer and offers possibilities for storage in smart electricity grids.