The NABLA infrastructure is the Norwegian Advanced Battery Laboratory and will provide open access to state-of-the art facilities for the battery research and industry partners. The main goal is to expand competence and deliver training for future researchers via the development of the infrastructure, and at the same time increase the international visibility in the field of battery science.
The infrastructure will consist of equipement units at the six main players in battery R&D; IFE, SINTEF, NTNU, UiO, UiA and FFI and will further connect the activities and enhance the collaboration. NABLA will strive to close the gap between the current laboratory infrastructure and the required level needed by industry and international partners.
The infrastructure will be arranged in four technology areas (TAs); Chemistry, Validation, Manufacturing and Implementation, and thus be relevant for the entire value chain of battery technology. NABLA will include the following equipment units:
- Advanced interphase characterization (NTNU)
- Alternative chemistry laboratory (NTNU)
- Operando material characterization (UiO)
- Validation cell line (IFE)
- Manufacturing line (SINTEF)
- High voltage line (SINTEF)
- Automatic battery disassembly (UiA)
- Degradation studies (UiA)
The primary goal for NABLA is to provide a national infrastructure dedicated to the battery research and development to Norwegian research and industrial organization. NABLA covers research needs and interests of the battery field and is built upon expertise of six major Norwegian research institutions within battery research: IFE, FFI, NTNU, SINTEF, UiA and UiO. NABLA will be coordinated by IFE, while the infrastructure will be established at the six locations of partners.
To respond the national needs, scientific priorities and general trends in the field NABLA is structured into four technology areas (TA):
1. Chemistry (focus on material development, operando characterization of battery materials, interphase characterisation in batteries, and alternative battery chemistries - beyond Li-ion batteries).
2. Validation (focus on reproducible, yet flexible validation of materials in close-to-industrial conditions, including the possibilities to fabricate cells of alternative chemistries).
3. Manufacturing (focus on improvements in cell manufacturing and materials processing, new designs for batteries).
4. Implementation (focus on life-time testing, safety, special conditions, such as high voltage, second life and automated disassembly for recycling).
To ensure proper communication of the users with NABLA, to communicate and disseminate the result NABLA will establish a common web-portal, to direct the prospective users to the instrumentation of interest. By establishing NABLA, Norwegian battery R&D will obtain a highly desired laboratory that guarantees a major advancement for R&D in a highly accelerating field. This will enable the Norwegian research community to deliver specialists, expertise and technology to the expanding area of energy storage in Norway including material producers, cell manufacturers, and end-users. The state-of-the-art NABLA capabilities will increase the international visibility of Norwegian industry and research organizations.