The ALISE consortium has been constituted of:

  • 16 partners
    • 7 Industrials: FICOSA, OXIS Energy, CTS SEAT, VARTA Microbattery GmbH, DARAMIC, IDNEO, Williams Advanced Engineering
    • 3 SME: AVICENNE Energy, SOLVIONIC, C-Tech Innovation
    • 3 Research Centers: LEITAT Technological Center, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas (CEIT), IWS Fraunhofer
    • 3 Academics: TUD Dresden University, Politecnio di Torino (POLITO), Cranfield University
  • from 5 European countries represented within the consortium: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.


logo_leitat_150pxLEITAT Technological Center
LEITAT is a non-profit organization, specialised in production technologies. LEITAT develops R&D activities in the areas of
material sciences, environment, surface treatments, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and
experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors. Furthermore, LEITAT can provide a full range of services
the different industrial sectors going from material design, testing and processing, to the development of prototypes. In
particular, the several testing departments at LEITAT offer services for the determination of more than 800 physical and
chemical parameters (including ISO Certification and Normalization). LEITAT is recognized by the Spanish government as a
CIT (Centre of Technological Innovation) and is one of the 5 Technology centres which are accredited by the Regional
Government of Catalonia.
logo_avicenne_energy_100pxAVICENNE Energy
AVICENNE Energy is a market research and consulting firm. We have worked for the battery industry for almost 20 years.
We are working on all the value chain and for all kind of energy storage, not only Lithium ion but also lead acid, NiMH or fuel
cells. We ensure close contact with battery manufacturers, suppliers of electronics, chemical components, and OEM, for all
the applications, from micro-batteries for smart cards to large format for UPS, telecom or Energy storage.
logo_ceit_150pxCEIT - Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas
CEIT is a private multidisciplinary non-profit research centre closely connected to TECNUN, the Faculty of Engineering of the
University of Navarra (Spain). Its mission is to provide the industry with services through the development of technical
research projects and to form young researchers and PhD students. CEIT promotes excellence in applied research by
publishing non confidential results and participating in scientific and technical forums. The centre also has a comprehensive
doctoral teaching program in the industrial area. CEIT understands all aspects of the client’s position and therefore can seek
out the best possible collaborations across the industry. CEIT promotes high added value solutions through research projects
and by training young researchers within a commercially productive framework. CEIT has a staff of 248 employees and 93
PhD students and an annual budget over 15 M€. CEIT consists of three departments (Materials, Applied Mechanics, and
Electronics and Communications) and three R&D Units (Unit on Microelectronics and Microsystems, Environmental
Engineering Unit and Biomedical Engineering Unit).
FICOSA is an independent industrial group founded in 1949, engaged in the research, development, production and
commercialization of automotive systems and components.
Based in Barcelona (Spain), the FICOSA Group has a global team of 8500 professionals and a presence in 19 countries
around the world over 3 continents. With a consolidated turnover of over 973 million € in 2013, FICOSA is currently the
official supplier and technological partner of the main car manufacturers worldwide. FICOSA allocates 4% of its profit to
R&D activities. FICOSA employs a highly qualified team of specialized engineers and technicians and state-of-the-art
electronic and mechatronic technology to develop its products. The research activity and high level of innovation of
FICOSA Group includes a portfolio of around 400 valid patents.
logo_fraunhofer_150pxIWS Fraunhofer
The Fraunhofer Society was founded in Munich in 1949 as a non-profit organization to establish a link between science and
industry. Nowadays with 66 Institutes, about 22 000 researchers, and a total annual research budget of 1.9 billion € the
Fraunhofer Society is the largest organization for applied research in Europe. In the NanoCaTe project two institutes
participate. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) was founded in 1992. Main objectives of the
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) are industrial oriented development of technologies for material
processing under the influence of high-power radiation and deposition of thin films, material development for films between
nanometer and millimetre thickness, and laser based macromaterial processing. In recent projects solvent-free electrode
manufacturing processes were developed and tested for energy storage applications. In 2013 IWS had 196 employees and a
budget of 23,2 Mio EUR. Li-Ion-battery cathodes were successfully produced by this process within the BMBF funded project
―DryLIZ‖. A similar route was developed and patented for the manufacturing of sulphur/carbon composite cathodes for lithium
sulphur batteries. High capacity electrodes and prototype cells with enhanced energy density are currently developed in the
BMBF funded project ―BaMoSa‖. IWS is well known for its long term experience in nano and surface technology and thus is
able to provide essential equipment for processing of electrodes as well as for materials characterization.
logo_oxis_150pxOXIS Energy
Since 2005, OXIS Energy has spearheaded the Next Generation of Batteries, pioneering rechargeable Lithium Sulfur technology. The company has developed its unequalled technology around sulfur based cathode materials, highly stable electrolyte systems and anodes made of lithium metal. OXIS is already able to produce cells which are superior in terms of safety, weight, cycle life and ageing. OXIS is based at the Culham Science Centre near Oxford in the UK, at the site where the original li-ion batteries were developed and prototyped. OXIS has well equipped laboratories with state of the art equipment and one of the largest dry room facilities in Europe. At the start of 2010, OXIS employed 10 staff – today it has a work force of more than 50.
logo_seat_100pxSEAT Technical Center (CTS)
SEAT Technical Center (CTS) belongs to the SEAT Group and is responsible for the R&D tasks by SEAT. SEAT is a Spanish
OEM part of the Volkswagen Group and is the European OEM which has the youngest costumers and its products are oriented
according to its brand values: Design, Young spirited and dynamic. SEAT as market leader in Spain is specialized in mini and
compact cars (A and B class). CTS focuses on R&D and is the only of its kind in Spain with the experience and technology
required to fully develop new vehicles. The yearly R&D costs are around 330 million. Work is carried out with the future in mind,
with customer’s ideas and requirements being incorporated in order to design cars which will become part of the SEAT range
over the coming years. CTS works also for other brands of the Volkswagen Group developing completely or partially products
for them. The site covers a surface of 200.000 m2, of which 43.000m2 are built up and equipped. More than 900 CTS
employees and around 400 external people, of various nationalities, work in the center as a daily workplace, most of whom
have diplomas or university degrees.
"Cleaner solvents for sustainable chemistry...”
SOLVIONIC is a company developing specialized chemistry in the field of ionic liquids.
As part of sustainable chemistry, SOLVIONIC uses an innovative technology which consists in designing chemical processes as a whole to use less energy, fewer raw materials, and to generate less waste.
Solvionic produces ionic liquids and develops their applications in the fields of catalysis, surface preparation and energy storage.
logo_tud_150pxTUD Dresden University
The TU Dresden was founded in 1828 as Technical School in Dresden. Nowadays it is a large University consisting of 14
faculties, having around 37 000 students and 8 500 employees. In 2012 TUD was identified as an ―elite university‖ within the
second programme phase of the Excellence Initiative in Germany.
The group of Prof. S. Kaskel at TUD with over 40 staff members focuses its research on synthesis and characterization of
porous and nanostructured materials for energy storage applications. Nanoporous materials thereby are applied in gas
storage and in electrode materials. Materials with specific surface areas of over 4000 m2g-1 (DUT-n (Dresden University of
Technology)) are a highlight example of the research results. The group is already working in different projects on carbonbased
electrodes for supercapacitors and Li/S batteries. Sulphur/carbon composite cathodes with specific capacity of were already demonstrated in cooperation with Fraunhofer IWS.
logo_varta_150pxVARTA Microbattery GmbH
VARTA Microbattery (VMB) is a medium size battery manufacturer at Ellwangen in the southern part of Germany. VMB
employs nearly 750 persons in Germany and approx. 2000 worldwide. The entire Research, Engineering and Production of
the electrochemical cells are done at Ellwangen.
The product range of VMB contains small batteries for portable devices, like Hearing Aids, Computers, Car Electronics and
Heat Calorimeters. In the last years this portfolio was extended to automotive traction batteries in the Joint-venture
Volkswagen VARTA Microbattery Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (VWVM) and storage batteries in the order of 5 – 13 kWh in
the VARTA Storage GmbH (VS).
logo_polito_100pxPolitecnico di Torino (POLITO)
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) was founded in 1859. It represents a leading institution, in Italy and in Europe for its
competence in teaching, research and international cooperation. POLITO plays an active role in European Community
research, co-operation, training, mobility and cultural programmes and has, thanks to these, increased and consolidated its
relations with the major European and non European institutions. At POLITO research activities are well developed in all the
engineering and architecture sectors and departments manage the research activities. POLITO takes part in many
international programs, as BRITE, ESPRIT, TEMPUS, Erasmus and Prometheus. An enterprise system is strictly connected
with POLITO, as demonstrated by the 630 contracts made in the last year with external companies. With its expertise in the
research areas are concerning the innovative materials and chemical Engineering.
logo_ctech_150pxC-Tech Innovation
C-Tech Innovation is an independent research and technology development and consulting SME with over 40 years’
experience in providing innovation services to companies, universities and governmental bodies, frequently in environmental
applications. Its services include: innovation management; research and technology development; process, product and
service improvement; contract research and development; and intellectual property exploitation. The worldwide clientele
ranges from small start-up companies to large multinationals. With in-house laboratories and workshops, the company has an
ability to apply chemistry, physics and biological science in innovative applications. CTI has a proven track record in providing
industrial services and software; manufacturing and licensing the products and processes worldwide, including establishing
joint venture companies. Over 1500 patents have been taken out since 1966, covering a very broad spectrum of technologies.
CTI is particularly skilled in realising technological systems by developing novel ideas into real applications.
Simplified Action Company (sas) established in France for over 30 years. Daramic sas is the largest European producer of
separator membranes, mainly for lead acid batteries. Daramic today supplies more than 50% of the world’s demand for high
performance polyethylene battery separators to the lead acid battery industry. Its sister Company, Celgard LLC, is the
second largest separator membrane producer for Li ion batteries. Daramic is also committed to delivering unsurpassed
expertise in advanced separator technology. Our team—combined with state-of-the-art product development, material
analysis, pilot manufacturing and testing facilities. DARAMIC is supporting customers to design new battery separator,
customizing products to meet specific needs, or providing assistance with field support.
Idneo is a today a global company specializing in the research and development of new products. Business Areas of Idneo: Mobility, Health and Electronics-Industrial. Works in sectors as Automotive, Domotics or Radiolocation.
IDNEO mission is to supply engineering services to other companies, developing systems for its mother company and third parties as well. It presently employs about 55 Electronic Engineers, 36 Software Engineers, 30 Mechanical Engineers, 13 Design
Support Engineers and 10 Compliance Engineers.
Cranfield University
Cranfield University was founded in 1946, and since then has focussed on providing teaching and research to meet the needs of business and industry. The theme running through Cranfield’s 60-year history is a commitment to and passion for applied research which makes a difference to the world in the fields of science, technology and management. Cranfield has 1,559 staff and 4,639 students from 106 countries, and is the UK’s only wholly postgraduate university. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) has assessed that 81% of the research at Cranfield University is world leading or internationally excellent. Cranfield’s Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre, with approximately 18 FTE members, has a specialist team researching in the following areas:
- Battery ageing
- Battery thermal management
- Real-time parameter/state monitoring
- Battery-supercapacitor hybridization
- HIL (hardware-in-loop) simulation
- Embedded algorithms & estimation
- Hybrid Electric and Alternative Powertrain
- Modelling and Simulation, and Advanced Control Design
Cranfield currently holds over £5 million in grants from Innovate UK, and a further £24 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Williams Advanced Engineering
Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd is an engineering consultancy, formed to exploit the engineering skills, technology and facilities of the Williams Formula 1 Team.
We have a high focus on battery and electrified vehicles – derived from our experience as a designer and manufacturer of KERS systems used in Formula One.
Combined with the use of materials and techniques from Formula 1 we are uniquely positioned to exploit the burgeoning market for engineering of lightweight, energy efficient electrified vehicles.