Hydronanopol project

Nanomaterials for micro battery applications

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The objective of the project is to enhance the electrode material of NiMH batteries in a way that it is possible to replace ecological questionable NiCd rechargeables even in high current applications. To attain that goal it is necessary to develop innovative and multifunctional nanosized hydride storage alloys for the negative electrode of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeables. This nanosized material has the advantage of increased surface, e.g. high reactivity. Therefore it is expected that the rate capability of these batteries is improved drastically. A polymeric nanocoating will be also added to secure the process ability of dispersed hydride storage alloy and to act as an ion conductor for hydrogen ions. Also it is expected that the nanocoated particles in alkaline medium will offer an improved electrochemical connection and stability.
Basing on new ideas experts from different companies and universities will cooperate.
A success of this project would boost the power of the European industry because high rate NiMH batteries are important for key applications as power tools, hybrid vehicles and many small portable devices.

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