E-MAGIC EU project demostrates the feseability of rechargeable magnesium batteries at pouch cell level


Magnesium has been identified as a promising anode material for the development of rechargeable lithium free batteries leads to important advantages in terms of energy density, and cost. Indeed, batteries with Mg-metal as anode have the potential to offer high volumetric energy density when compared to current battery technologies.

Thus, E-MAGIC project addresses this potential by means of developing rechargeable magnesium battery (RMB) based on Mg-ion (insertion) and MgS (conversion) technologies.

E-MAGIC consortium comprises ten partners from six different countries, gathering some of the highest qualified scientists in the Mg battery field and granting an international and interdisciplinary collaboration. These partners are the following: Bar Ilan University, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), CSOC, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, German Aerospace Center, Cambridge University, Technion Israel and Abengoa Innovación. This community is led by CIDETEC Energy Storage with Alberto Blázquez and Ana Fernández Barquín acting as coordinators.

The main objectives of E-MAGIC project are creating and structuring a European magnesium energy storage technologies community and developing a disruptive scientific and technical approach for new generation high energy density and environmentally friendly rechargeable Mg batteries, which also includes the new Mg battery technologies validation.

In this way, CEA and CIDETEC are working to demonstrate the feasibility of Mg-ion batteries at pouch cell level. As it can be seen from Figure , the firsts result at pouch cell level are very promising. It has already been achieved an energy density of 25 Wh/kg for more than 500 cycles. In addition, the next prototypes with novel materials and electrolytes systems already developed within the project, are expected to achieve energy density values up to 150 Wh/kg.