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ESA Open Invitation to Tender: 1-11429
Open Date: 13/10/2022 12:20 CEST
Closing Date: 24/11/2022 13:00 CEST

Space generally has the longest development timeline from lab bench to end use, so even if a promising new material is being utilised in smart phones Commercial Off The Shelf battery cells, it may take another decade to be in a space cell. Previously Space batteries set many of the most demanding usage case for batteries but in many respects automotive batteries now provide the most severe scenarios. In terms of volume manufacturing automotive far outstrips the capacity required for space and as such sets much of the value chain direction and research agenda. This market growth has led to a range of innovative approaches, not only to the battery materials but also to the battery system engineering, usage behaviour and characterisation and validation techniques.Based on the incremental evolution of terrestrial markets where fast battery validation is a key factor for product commercialisation, it is believed by European Industry that the spinning into space of relevant COTS Lithium ion battery cell technologies and also improving the relevant innovation cycle is a strategic interest for European Space battery technology. Terrestrial and Space requirements shall be taken into account in the early stages of the identification, comparison and innovation cycle study of the state of the art terrestrial COTS lithium ion batteries vs the currently used battery cells for space applications. Eventually a new validation sequence for space cells shall be proposed and verified by test aiming to increase the innovation cycle for space applications. This activity encompasses the following tasks:- Market research on state of the art Lithium ion batteries and cells used for terrestrial applications.-Study of the innovation cycle for relevant terrestrial sectors and comparison with that for space.- Perform a theoretical study to define a new methodology for improvement of the space cell innovation cycle.- Procurement of state of the art terrestrial Lithium ion cells considering space requirements.- Define a test sequence at battery cell and module level considering space requirements aiming to the definition of a new validation approach.- Perform characterisation, safety and life testing at cell and reduced battery module level, taking into consideration European satellite mission profiles.- Develop a process and test definition to improve and speed up the current validation methodology for lithium ion space batteries.Procurement Policy: C(2) = A relevant participation (in terms of quality and quantity) of non-primes (incl. SMEs) is required. For additional information please go to this link.

Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. Quality
Estabilishment: ESTEC
ECOS Required: No
Classified: No
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Authorised Contact Person: Maxime Nicolas Gislain Guy
Initiating Service: TEC-EPB
IP Measure: C2
Prog. Reference: E/0901-01 - Technology Developme
Tender Type: Open Competition
Technology Keywords: 3-C-I-Electro-Chemical Technologies for Energy Storage
Products Keywords: 2-J-7-Storage: Batteries

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