Interview with Federico Bella, Full Professor at Politecnico di Torino and Vice-President of the Italian Chemical Society
What are the main activities performed for the Electrochemical characterisation, and thermal, ageing and safety tests? How are they related to GIGAGREEN’s scope?
The electrification of Europe is possible only after the validation of the performance and safety aspects of the devices designed for this purpose, and batteries are at the forefront of priorities.
In particular, GIGAGREEN partners are developing new materials with the aim of maximizing performance and environmental compatibility (throughout the entire life cycle) at the same time.
This requires an in-depth testing phase, comparison with commercial materials, as well as validation of electrochemical results starting from small laboratory cells up to devices of marketable size.
In this scenario, the tasks led by Politecnico di Torino regarding Electrochemical characterisation, and thermal, ageing and safety tests represent a pivotal and crucial unit of work. On one hand, consortium members will have to test the electrochemical performance of the developed materials while, on the other, full electrochemical testing, as well as safety, ageing and thermal testing for the subsequent generations of full cells developed in the different tasks will be carried out.
Briefly, our responsibility is to test everything from raw materials to sealed devices. GIGAGREEN targets precise figures of merits, and this work package represent a continuous assessment tool of the performance of the developed electrodes, electrolytes, and cells.