Life cycle assessment of future battery chemistries – high storage capacity without scarce resources? LCA battery chemistries
Current lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) suffer from the use of several geochemically scarce metals with associated environmental challenges. This project investigates the environmental and resource impacts of future battery chemistries. The over-arching question is: Are there new battery chemistries that can deliver adequate performance and notably reduce the use of scarce metals and environmental impacts in comparison with current state-of-the-art LIBs? To partly answer this question, life cycle assessments (LCA) will be conducted for two of the most promising future chemistries: lithium-sulfur and all-solid-state batteries. An additional new battery chemistry will be selected and assessed during the project and all new chemistries will be compared to current LIBs. The team consists of researchers highly skilled in LCA and battery research. The results will guide funding agencies on which battery chemistries to support and industry on which chemistries to develop and/or invest in.
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Associate professor, Technology management and Economics
Rickard Arvidsson is mainly conducting environmental and sustainability assessments, mostly life cycle assessment (LCA), social life cycle assessment (SLCA), environmental risk assessment (ERA), and...
Professor, Materials Physics, Department of Physics
Prof. Patrik Johansson is Full Professor in Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he runs a research group of ca. 10 PhD students and postdocs. His research mainly aims to...
Researcher, Technology Management and Economics
Anders Nordelöf's research investigates how technologies for electric propulsion change the environmental impacts of road vehicles and other types of vehicles for transportation and industry, using...
Professor, Environmental Systems Analysis, Technology Management and Economics, division manager
Magdalena Svanström is a Professor of Sustainability Studies in the Environmental Systems Analysis division. Her research focuses on the development and application of methodology for environmental...
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