Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is one of the leading institutes for applied research in the areas of photovoltaics, hydrogen, renewable fuels, battery technology, fuel cells and energy system analysis. There are currently around 350 scientists, engineers and technicians employed at ZSW sites in Stuttgart, Ulm and Widderstall, Germany.
Since over 30 years, ZSW in Ulm conducts applied research and development along the entire value chain for batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen – from materials to systems and safety testing. The focus is on transferring scientific findings and technologies into market-relevant products. Cooperations with partners from industry and research institutes cover the whole range from laboratory to industrial-like scale and field tests.
- Role and Key Contribution to the Project
Within project SEARBELT, ZSW is leading the WP3 “Cathode development”. Main task of ZSW in this work-package is to explore industrially applicable synthesis routes for the preparation of nanostructured carbon-coated LFMP. The process parameters, novel dopants, coating , morphology , particle size and LFMP composition are studied in close cooperation with the CEA (The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), via DOE methodology and rapidly evaluated to improve the electrochemical performance and durability of the cathode material.
Furthermore, ZSW is playing an important role in the scale-up strategy from the laboratory to the industrial scale. Thanks to the joint effort with Euro Support and the CEA an industrially applicable low-cost process to produce >10 kg LFMP will be optimized.