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Hydra - Hybrid power-energy electrodes for next generation lithium-ion batteries

Hydra will hybridize high-power and high-energy electrode materials to create sustainable Li-ion battery cells with excellent energy density.

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Batteries are the core technology enabling the growth in electric mobility, and demand for electric vehicles (xEV) is expected to increase the global Li-ion battery market from 120 GWh in 2017 to >1200 GWh in 2030, corresponding to $160 Billion. Sustainable battery cell production, including reduction of critical raw materials content, use of green chemistries and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes are of key importance to building a competitive Li-ion battery industry in Europe. 

HYDRA, taking its name from the mythological beast, will develop high-performance and sustainable Li-ion batteries using a multi-headed approach. HYDRA will foster the development of new high-energy and high-power hybridized electrodes, with a focus on sustainable materials processing and pilot-scale production. Through the strong commitment of European industrial partners, HYDRA covers the whole battery value chain. Furthermore, life cycle assessments on the local and global scales ensure ecological sustainability. All aspects of cell development, from raw materials via battery cell production and end-use to recycling and 2nd life usage will be evaluated.  

Application type: RIA 
Project period: 2020-2024 
Total budget: 9,4 million Euro 
Funding source: EU Horizon2020 

Project Partners: 

  • SINTEF (coordinator)

  • Uppsala University (UU)

  • Commissariat à L’Energie Atomique et Aux Energies Alternative (CEA)

  • Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)

  • FAAM Research Center (FAAM)

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

  • National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies (ICSI)

  • Solvionic SA

  • Corvus Energy

  • Politechnico di Torino (POLITO)

  • Elkem ASA

  • Johnson Matthey (JM)


The Hydra project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under GA No. 875527.

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Project duration

2020 - 2024