eLCAr : second stakeholder workshop in Aachen

The second eLCAr Stakeholder Workshop took place in Aachen on the 09.11.2012.


PE INTERNATIONAL attended the workshop as a representative of the ELIBAMA and ALIVE projects.



The aim of the second eLCAr Stakeholder Workshop was to present intermediate results to the stakeholders in order to get their feedback. The guideline drafts of selected chapters were available beforehand. The main chapters under discussion were goal definition, scope definition and LCI modeling for the production, use and end-of-life (EOL) phase. In addition to the drafts during the workshop the concepts for testing the guidelines were presented.

Overall, the draft guidelines presented in WS2 were still in a non-final status and subject of improvement. Thus the primary objective of the workshop was to understand how the chapters developed until now, which represent a key part of what will be the end product, can be further improved to maximize the help they can provide to LCA practitioners with their studies.



For additional informations => eLCAr website


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EUCAR annual Reception and Conference 2013



The European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) held its Annual reception and Conference on the 6th and 7th of Novembre in Autoworld, Brussels, highlighting how collaborative research and innovation through the EU’s future Horizon 2020 Framework Programme can support the achievement of societal objectives and a strong European automotive industrial sector.


 An ELIBAMA booth had been organized for this event with the attendance of three project’s partners (Fraunhofer (Harald Holeczeck) ; Entégris (Gilbert Parry) and Renault (Jérôme PEYRARD)).    


During the second day, the Conference panel sessions featured keynote speeches from senior research executives of EUCAR’s members – the major European automotive manufacturers – and presentations from European Commission officials, key stakeholders in automotive R&I, and coordinators of EU projects. 


This was an unique opportunity for ELIBAMA to highlight the key challenge of the project and the main progress and perspectives.

Link to the presentation 



EUCAR is the European Council for Automotive R&D of the major European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. EUCAR facilitates and coordinates pre-competitive research and development projects and its members participate in a wide range of collaborative European R&D programmes. The European automobile manufacturers are the largest private investors in R&D in Europe with over €26 billion investment per annum, or 5% of turnover. EUCAR members are BMW, DAF, Daimler, Fiat, Ford of Europe, GM/Opel, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Scania, Volkswagen, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. EUCAR is closely connected to ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

EUCAR Contact: +32 2 738 73 52 ; www.eucar.be ; eucar@eucar.be





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Contamination Control in high-tech industries: place of Li-Ion batteries



As a matter of fact, among the markets that we have been providing solutions to, the lithium-ion battery industry and its raw materials suppliers started to use Entegris technologies around 2005-2006, whether it be at the cell fabrication stage or at the chemical manufacturing plant, when it became clear that contamination could have a significant impact on batteries’ reliability. 

To provide solutions to the LiB players, Entegris has been using approaches based on the comparison with processes in the semiconductor industry and adapted to this market, as their needs are not always the same.  

The various process steps in LiB manufacturing, and their environment, have been thoroughly studied to either implement existing solutions or develop new ones. Among these solutions, aqueous or organic solvent filtration can be proposed at the mixing step, as well as water removal from organic solvent. Improving the coating process presents a challenge, though since formation of aggregates or other problems related to slurry properties are difficult to handle; within this step, the use of a high viscosity pump to transfer the slurry to the slot die or filtration to remove aggregates can be implemented. Even if it is well known by most of the manufacturers, reducing the HF concentration in an electrolyte is important to improve cycling performances. At the cell filling stage, purifiers to reduce HF and H2O from the electrolyte have been developed.     




 Generic plant layout extracted from Entegris commercial brochure 


Through the ELIBAMA project, Entegris aims to develop and validate novel separation technologies with specific Contaminant/Matrix couples that have not been previously investigated elsewhere (like HF removal from organic based electrolytes).

Determining the nature and source of the contaminants is key to improving battery performances in term of capacity, cycling life and safety issues. Entegris is closely working with SAFT to determine the contamination brought by the different sources: raw material, human factor, environment and process during the battery cell manufacturing. In the course of the program, the audit performed by Entegris and SAFT to improve product quality at the various manufacturing steps provides a fruitful collaboration that helps both partners to understand the impact of many variables on the process.

As a second step, solutions proposed by Entegris may be implemented on production lines and new processes will be explored together with Renault. This initial collaboration between Renault, Saft and Entegris is crucial to the project, and it is anticipated that expanding this investigation on the impact of contamination will help other partners to contribute to improving batteries performance.

Christelle Herriot (Entegris)

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More than 10.000 visits on ELIBAMA’s website

The ELIBAMA’s website records 11.566 visits to date !!

An evidence that the works done in ELIBAMA are affecting a wide audience.

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EGCI Clustering Event 2012 – Report available

On 11 and 12 July 2012 the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, DG RTD and DG MOVE were supporting the EGCI Clustering Event 2012 aiming to:

  • Build a critical mass of activities within the EGCI,
  • Identify potential synergies and relevant topics for further cooperation,
  • Improve the performance of individual projects.

Several thematic sessions have explored the entire EGCI spectrum and provided an opportunity to interactive discussions.

ELIBAMA took part in this event. 

To see the report ==> http://www.green-cars-initiative.eu/workshops/clustering-event-2012 .

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1st eLCAr Stakeholder Workshop “Stakeholder Needs and Expectations”

The 1st eLCAr Stakeholder Workshop “Stakeholder Needs and Expectations” took place on the 12th of June 2012 in Zürich (Switzerland).


The main goals of the 1st workshop were:


·         To present the initial ideas and underlying thoughts for the specific guidelines and to provide an opportunity for early stakeholder feedback

·         To obtain information on specific topics in order to further sharpen the guidelines’ focus and to define a realistic technological platform of system parameters

·         To define concrete and specific goals with importance for stakeholders of the e-mobility sector in general and for practitioners of the EGCI in particular

·         To exploit the expertise and knowledge of the stakeholders in order to identify the main values of a Common Parameter Platform (CPP) covering, for example, typical vehicle sizes and weights or battery capacities.


The participants of the workshop were divided into three groups specialized on the following topics to ensure an interactive atmosphere for discussions.



Group 1: Common parameter platform – Vehicles and components
The first group focuses in detail on the technical aspects of e-mobility. The two main topics of this group are: the definition of a Common Parameter Platform and a detailed analysis of key components and their future trends.


Group 2: The use phase – Key references and parameters
The second group addresses the use phase and the overall system focusing on the assessment of the energy consumption of electric vehicles.



Group 3: LCA challenges and modeling
The third group focuses on aspects of conducting an LCA: Best practices for conducting an LCA; specific LCA expectations concerning recommendations for LCAs of electric vehicles and their components; Questions concerning the used guidelines and their problems.


PE INTERNATIONAL was joining the Group 3 workshop: LCA challenges and modeling as a representative of the ELIBAMA consortium.




For additional informations => eLCAr website

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F 125!

The new Mercedes-Benz F 125! research car combines futuristic control concepts with visionary drive technologies.

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for his motor car at the Imperial Patent Office. Patent No. 37435 was approved, thereby making Carl Benz the inventor of the automobile. Other designs for automobiles with combustion engines were similar to Benz’ – but none were as consistent as that of the inspired tinkerer from Mannheim, Germany. The automobile has been an unparalleled success story during the 125 years that have passed since then.


A new chapter in the successful history of automobiles is now being written, as we head toward local zero-emission driving in an era of exhaust-free environmentally friendly mobility. Some experts even go so far as to proclaim the reinvention of the automobile – and they may be right. That’s because the automobile of tomorrow will offer so many opportunities that its wheels might, in a sense, be the only thing it has in common with the cars we know today.

Mercedes-Benz’ new F 125! research vehicle is at the forefront of technological progress. Its name recalls the past and Carl Benz’ invention. But more than anything else, the vehicle looks far forward into the future of individual mobility – and what can be accomplished with the 125 years of knowledge and experience that have been gained since the automobile was invented.

Mercedes-Benz engineers and designers have thought ahead two vehicle generations to the year 2025 and beyond to develop a true car of the future with equipment and features never before seen in the automotive world. These visionaries nevertheless stuck to what’s feasible: The F 125! is not a study that’s just meant to get us thinking – one that simply stands there without moving. Rather, the F 125! is a fully functional research laboratory on wheels. The designers used the car to explore the future of the automobile and obtain new knowledge that can be applied to the mobile world of tomorrow.

This makes the F 125! a research vehicle in the truest sense of the word. From its bodyshell concept, drive system technology, and control, communication, telematics, and safety systems to its overall design – the F 125! redefines the luxury automobile in every respect. It’s a vehicle such as the world has never seen. It’s difficult to know where to begin when something offers so many new and innovative things.

Perhaps it’s best to start with the drive system, since this component will play a decisive role if mobility is to have a promising future. The F 125! is equipped with a zero-emission electric drive system that includes four electric motors installed near the wheels on the front and rear axles. Electronic controls continually ensure optimal power distribution to all four wheels through a concept that Mercedes-Benz refers to as “e4MATIC.” Electricity is generated onboard in a fuel cell through a chemical reaction involving hydrogen and oxygen. The only by-product of the reaction is water vapor. Additional power is provided by an efficient braking energy recovery system.

The energy storage concept in the research vehicle is a true innovation: The concept of the F 125! includes a lithium-sulfur battery with a capacity of 10 kilowatt-hours; this unit is installed behind the rear seats. The most important benefit associated with the battery is the high specific energy density of its cells, which has made it possible to reduce the battery’s size and weight. Although further research into this type of battery is still required, the developers of the F 125! believe it will be possible to increase its energy density to 350 kilowatt-hours per kilogram – or double the density currently possible – in the next ten to 15 years. The battery can be inductively charged at special charging stations that require no power cables. Drivers simply pull up and park in the charging area.

The F 125! also features a pioneering system for storing the hydrogen used in the fuel cells. A composite tank storage unit structurally integrated into the vehicle can accommodate approximately 7.5 kilograms of hydrogen. Here, researchers used so-called metal organic frameworks (MOF), which are porous solid components consisting of numerous identical basic elements. Thanks to a modular design concept, these elements can be combined in an extremely variable manner. They also have very large specific surfaces, which is why they are able to store such a large amount of hydrogen.


All of these efforts have resulted in a range of as much as 1,000 kilometers for the F 125! That’s roughly the same distance a modern diesel vehicle can travel on a full tank today. Like a diesel car, the F125! is fully suitable for everyday use; but unlike today’s diesel vehicles, it produces absolutely no local emissions.

In this sense, the F 125! marks an important step toward series production of luxury fuel cell automobiles. And that brings us to another important aspect of the research vehicle: the plan to position it in the upper-range and luxury segments. This is a very challenging and also an important objective. After all, if it is achieved, Mercedes-Benz will have successfully demonstrated that large, comfortable, and safe sedans are headed for a great future. The bodyshell concept for the four-seat F 125! is geared toward this ambitious goal. For one thing, both the front and rear overhangs have been reduced to a minimum. This has made it possible to use an extremely long wheelbase of 3,333 millimeters. It has also led to a very spacious interior and gull-wing doors along the entire vehicle width. As a result, the driver and passengers have excellent access to their seats.

The body of the F 125! is based on an innovative hybrid lightweight construction with a large proportion of fiber-reinforced plastics, aluminum, and high-strength steels. As a result, it has been possible to substantially reduce the vehicle’s weight, while significantly improving safety. The research vehicle’s high-strength structure with crash-responsive protection systems inside the doors makes it possible to eliminate the B-pillars and therefore use full gull-wing doors.

Mercedes engineers and designers have lent the interior of the F 125! a lounge-like atmosphere. Switches can be used to move the rear seat from an upright position to a chaise longue position. The seat cushion extends forward while a footrest folds out at the same time, ensuring an extremely comfortable resting position. The front passenger seat backrest can also be completely folded down to create a spacious lounge environment and a clear view of a retractable 17-inch display mounted in the instrument panel in front of the passenger seat. The interior also makes a big impression with its futuristic high-quality look. The design lines are based on those found in nature, as are the materials used – most notably wood, Alcantara, and silk.


Mercedes-Benz brings together all the new control, infotainment, and telematics features in the F 125! with its “@yourCOMAND” system. The vehicle complies with all wishes in a very pleasant manner. “Natural handling” is what the developers of the F 125! call their control concept, which mainly utilizes natural voice commands supplemented with intuitive gestures and touching. Examples here include using speech to call up e-mails, using gestures to open and close the gull-wing doors or operate the 17-inch display on the passenger side of the vehicle, and entering and changing vehicle settings via intuitive touchpads.

The F 125! introduces other completely new concepts as well. They include “seamless experience,” a network of multimedia systems that are interactive but not distracting. Then there’s “remote convenience,” which enables all applications and content to be configured by remote control. “Sensory perfection” refers to high-end sound quality and high-resolution screens that display personalized information in brilliant images that in some cases take the form of 3D depictions. It’s already apparent today that more and more Internet applications will be using cloud computing in the future – in other words, linked to a virtual memory on the Web. That’s why the F 125! is also constantly connected to such a cloud. The vehicle has its own website that allows its owner to remotely set the climate control system, for example. The COMAND system of tomorrow will also be proactive. For example, drivers will be able to start their trip with a traffic report or a recital of their incoming messages before their personal music program begins. A weather report might then automatically be provided shortly before their trip ends. The F 125! also opens up completely new dimensions when it comes to external communication and the utilization of social networks. The Social Community Assistant, for example, allows drivers to decide who will be permitted to disturb them during a trip.

The F 125! is also equipped with extremely effective assistance systems that ease the burden on drivers in a sustained manner. One such system is Advanced Driving Assist for semi-autonomous driving, which makes it possible to automatically change lanes on multi-lane one-way streets or highways. When further developed, it will also carry out automated passing maneuvers. Thanks to car-to-X communication – the networking of vehicles with the external infrastructure and environment via radio – the F 125! can exchange information with other vehicles and specially equipped infrastructure components such as traffic lights, warning systems, and traffic control centers. The F 125! can therefore warn that an emergency vehicle is approaching even before the driver sees or hears it. It can even inform a driver that there is an obstacle ahead or advise him or her to allow another vehicle the right of way at an upcoming, confusing intersection.

All the technology and features in the F 125! were packed into an exciting design that’s as masterful as it is distinctive. The vehicle is a perfect example of what the sporty touring sedan of the future might look like. And, of course, it embodies the visionary further development of the Mercedes-Benz design strategy. The message being sent out by the F 125! research vehicle is clear: The future of the automobile has arrived.

Text: Rüdiger Abele

Source: www. daimler-technicity.com


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