The MAGBATT 4 congress explored rechargeable magnesium batteries in depth


Event organized by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in collaboration with the European Project E-MAGIC coordinated by CIDETEC Energy Storage.


The fourth edition of the International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (MAGBATT 4), held between September 6 and 8 in the German city of Ulm, was attended by an international line-up of experts in rechargeable magnesium batteries from countries such as the USA, Japan and China.

The event was jointly organized by CIDETEC Energy Storage as coordinator of the European E-MAGIC project, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), VARTA, ZSW, Post Lithium Storage Cluster of Excellence (POLIS), Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) and Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage (CELEST). Invited speakers included top-level figures such as Brian Ingram (ANL), Linda Nazar (Waterloo Univ.), Óscar Tutusaus (Toyota), Kristina Edström (Uppsala Univ.), Rosa Palacin (ICMAB-CSIC), Hiroto Watanabe (Keio Univ.) or Doron Aurbach (Bar-Ilan Univ.).

Alberto Blázquez, researcher at CIDETEC Energy Storage and coordinator of E-MAGIC, was in charge of presenting the most relevant advances of the project, as well as moderating the presentations of the first session on the last day of the congress, which was entirely dedicated to the E-MAGIC project. Shown for the first time during the presentation of the E-MAGIC project, was the development of a functional prototype of a magnesium battery in cell format, pouch with a capacity of 0.4 Ah and more than 200 charge and discharge cycles.

Among the innovations of this edition, noteworthy was the opening of the congress to other disruptive battery technologies based on multivalent ions, Mg, Ca, Zn, Fe, Al.