RECYCALYSE, a project to disrupt the energy storage market
Copenhagen (Denmark), April 21st. A European consortium is working on the implementation of RECYCALYSE, a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project that will enhance the energy storage market through innovative and recyclable catalytic materials made from sustainable materials.
Eleven partners from seven European countries will work for 3 years to overcome the main barriers that remain for proton exchange membrane electrolysers cells (PEMEC); namely high capital cost and use of critical raw materials, whilst at the same time, provide a boost to the economic competitiveness of the European Union (EU) energy storage production.
The idea behind RECYCALYSE is to disrupt the energy storage market through the development and manufacture of highly active sustainable oxygen evolution catalysts, and through a recycling scheme for PEMEC catalysts, electrodes and the overall system. This technology will help to reduce or eliminate the use of critical raw materials, thus decreasing CO2 emissions and reducing costs.
Likewise, RECYCALYSE’s innovations will contribute to reduce or avoid the dependence on materials imported into Europe, by implementing the recovered elements in the newly developed catalysts - and thus contributing to a circular economy.
In summary, RECYCALYSE will result in a substantial reduction in the levelised costs of energy storage, leading to an improved technical and economic competitiveness of EU energy storage production by being able to store a large amount of energy, at reduced costs.
Led by the Danish Technological Institute, RECYCALYSE is a partnership made up of the following organisations: Fraunhofer ICT, Sustainable Innovations, Vertech Group, TWI, Danish Power Systems, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (Institute for Nonferrous Metallurgy and Purest Materials), Bern University, Prüfrex, HyCentA Research GmbH, and Accurec.
The project has received €5.5 million in funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through grant agreement No 861960.