Paul van Gerven
17 April 2023

TNO at Holst Centre has entered into a collaboration with Germany’s ZSW to develop new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology for the European car industry. The partners aim to improve battery performance by stabilizing the critical interfaces in the Li-ion. For this, TNO will contribute its expertise in spatial atomic layer deposition (SALD) and ZSW its know-how of battery materials and integration. Both organizations will involve their local industrial partners.

ZSW Li ion batteries
Prototype Li-ion batteries developed at ZSW. Credit: ZSW

The project will initially focus on the improvement of existing Li-ion batteries because of the high potential for short-term success and immediate implementation into this existing technology. However, due to the emergence of non-lithium battery types, so such as sodium-ion batteries, these will be investigated in a second wave.

The project, which will run until the end of February 2025, marks the first step in a long-term relationship between the two research and development centers. The province of North Brabant has pledged 2.1 million euros in financial support, while the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism of Baden-Württemberg contributes 1.3 million euros.