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EU-funded project HEROES kicks off to support the increased uptake of electric vehicles

The EU-funded project Hybrid EneRgy stOragE Stations (HEROES) has officially kicked off.

HEROES aims at supporting the increased uptake of electric vehicles in Europe, thanks to the development and implementation of more efficient charging stations, 100 per cent funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme with 4,1 million euro.

“The HEROES system will be a key enabler for the widespread need for fast charging of electrical vehicles, cost-effective and without the need for a major investment in the grid,” said Turi Kvame Lorentzen, project coordinator from Norwegian battery technology company Beyonder. “Given the huge increase in electrical vehicles and their expected importance towards a decarbonised transport system to reduce environmental emissions, the potential impact of the innovation is considerable.”

The overall objective of the HEROES project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative Li-ion capacitor (LiCs) based hybrid high-power/energy stationary storage system for fast charging of electrical vehicles (17.5 minutes for a state of the art 93 kilowatt-hours electrical vehicle) that can be connected to widespread LV grids, without the need to invest in improving the grid power.

According to Mr Lorentzen, the innovation will take advantage of storage technologies to be suitable for both high power and high energy applications in a way that could not be achieved cost-effectively and with an acceptable lifetime if the technologies were used independently.

“The consortium covers the full value chain of energy storage from technology providers to system integrators and end-users, placing the consortium in an excellent position to develop scientific and technological breakthroughs in the field, as well as seeing market opportunities that arise from novel users,” he concluded.

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