CSIC-supported new dedicated ALBA laboratory opens to drive sustainable energy solutions

The ALBA Synchrotron Light Source and the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have opened a new laboratory at ALBA with the aim to enhance studies in the field of battery research and high temperature superconducting tape developments. The new facility enables users of ALBA, including the important community of CSIC researchers, to significantly optimize experiments involving synchrotron light. The project was jointly funded by the CSIC PTI+ TransEner, funded by the European NextGeneration funds and the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and ALBA.

Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), 24th October 2023. In the current landscape of global challenges, the progress in creating and testing innovative materials and technologies, enabling sustainable green energy ecosystems, is crucial for moving toward a green and resilient economy. In particular, the development of reliable, safe and affordable batteries, based on abundant and low-cost elements, is essential for key necessities of our modern society, including advancing electro mobility, energy storage for grid applications, and Internet of Things applications. Additionally, advances in manufacturing high-temperature superconducting tapes hold promise for the energy sector, with applications including power lines, wind energy, and aeronautics, and even in the utilization of fusion energy.

ALBA and ICMAB-CSIC have teamed up to create and commission a laboratory infrastructure, allowing ALBA’s user community in the field of energy storage to prepare, test and optimize their samples directly at ALBA’s premises. This initiative was funded by the CSIC PTI+ TransEner initiative and ALBA. This is particularly beneficial for Spanish and international research teams that are not based in Barcelona area but also benefits the highly complex development of local groups in the area of superconductive cable developments.

The new laboratory has two specialization parts, both devoted to finding greener energy applications in relevant industrial sectors. One is aimed at producing high-throughput samples of superconducting tapes and the second one is for developing batteries, in order to analyze them under in situ (real-time observation) and operando (in operation) conditions using synchrotron-based characterization techniques.

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