Officially launched last February, the European battery research project SeNSE aims at boosting research about the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. Together with five other industrial companies and five research institutes, FPT Industrial has become part of the project, showing the growing company’s focus on alternative propulsion systems.

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The project SeNSE is part of the European Battery Alliance, an initiative launched by the European Commission back in 2017 to create a competitive manufacturing value chain in Europe with sustainable battery cells, and is supported by the EU research funding program Horizon 2020.

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The project SeNSE: ‘generation 3b’ batteries

These future batteries, called ‘generation 3b’, will have higher energy density, improved cell chemistry, enhanced battery management system, extended lifecycle, faster charging capability and more refined temperature management when compared to today’s lithium-ion technology.

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The target is to produce them in European ‘gigafactories’, with one of the partners planning to build the first gigafactory in the region in the next few years.

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Looking at circular economy

The research within SeNSE also foresees the sustainability of generation 3b cells, with the cathode, the positively charged electrode of an electrical device, being manufactured without the use of flammable and toxic solvents, which will simplify their production and reduce their cost. In addition, the project considers a renewed lifecycle for decommissioned vehicle batteries as stationary storage units and, finally, the recycling of the batteries.

An ‘electric’ acquisition

Talking about alternatives, FPT has also recently announced the acquisition of Potenza Technology, a British company – based in Coventry – active since 1999 in electric thruster technology and functional safety engineering, battery management systems for traction accumulators and the design and development of electrical and electronic systems.

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