Material and Electrochemical Engineering
There are increasing demands for high-performance electrochemical-energy-storage devices, such as lithium ion batteries and fuel cells, for microelectronics, electrical vehicles, and other applications. BRING addresses the challenges of next generation of batteries in terms of material design and electrochemical engineering and aims at understanding of fundamental processes in, and the improvement, development and preparation of battery materials. BRING focuses its study and researches on material design that lead to better charge separation, transport, and recombination. BRING holds great promise towards better electrochemical-energy-storage devices. The battery chemistries investigated include Li-ion, Li-metal, Li-air, Sodium-ion, AI-ion, Zn-air, LiS, Fe-air, solid state (both inorganic and polymer based), as well as Mg-ion and Na-ion.
BRING conducts research in alternative power sources for engines such as fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. BRING identifies fuel cell and hydrogen technologies as crucial technologies contributing to reaching the ambitious goals of the integrated European energy and climate policy with a time horizon of 2020 and beyond. The fuel cell research team supports the development and adoption of cost-effective, high-performance fuel cell systems and sustainable hydrogen technologies for transportation and other applications.
Hydrogen is one of the most popular forms of energy storage and its capacity to store large quantities of energy over long periods of time demonstrates its significance in the clean energy transition. However, hydrogen also has associated hazards that must be properly addressed to ensure its safe use and storage. In this regard, BRING’s hydrogen storage research team aims at improving materials-based storage technologies, increasing the energy density and reducing the cost of hydrogen storage systems for transportation and stationary applications. BRING focuses its research on the development of a complete, competitive and innovative European H2 storage system
BRING aims to enable and accelerate the development and deployment of automated vehicles that enhance safety, mobility, and sustainability. The research team of automated vehicles ensures efficient operations of emerging technologies and systems; and maximizes public benefits by leveraging connected vehicle technologies, infrastructure-based solutions, and other approaches. BRING invests in research areas that further industry investments and support realization of benefit opportunities of automated vehicles. BRING evaluates and promotes enabling technologies, develops prototype applications, identifies needed standards and appropriate methods for development, technical, policy, institutional, and regulatory barriers to deployment and possible solutions. BRING collaborates with a broad range of public and private stakeholders working together for an automated e-mobility of the future
BRING enhances the transition from analog to digital processes through the development of technologies that use data computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D objects to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. The additive manufacturing research group focuses on new technologies related to design and prototyping for fast, flexible and cost-efficient production.