The increasing demand for energy storage leads to high interest in battery technologies. Batteries with high specific performance, sufficient cycle stability, wide operating temperature range, light weight, high safety, and low cost are currently the subject of global research activities. The DLR & UBC collaboration will benefit from high expertise of both partners and promote the development of next generation batteries based on aerogel materials with recycled carbon additives.
The main goal of cooperation is development of highly efficient battery systems based on porous, highly electrically conductive, carbon-based materials. For that carbon from sustainably recycled rubber compounds will be embedded into aerogels. Furthermore the up-scaling of carbon aerogel based materials will be studied.
At DLR in Cologne the synthesis of composite materials will be developed and optimized. Additionally the carbonization process will be studied and adjusted. At UBC in Kelowna electrochemical characterization and further optimization of developed materials will be carried out. Investigation on electrolytes and cathodes materials will be performed.
Above all manufacturing of pouch cells and optimizations of battery configurations are the further goals leading to successful development of next generation battery. Intensive student exchanges will strengthen the collaboration between both institutes.