Stepstone for sustainable batteries – greener carbons

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HiQCARB Carbon Black
© Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH

Lithium-ion batteries require in addition to lithium metal a number of sophisticated functional materials for their performance. Some of them sound rather unspectacular: conductive additives. In fact, conductive additives like carbon black or carbon nanotubes are a decisive component for the performance and environmental benignity of lithium-ion batteries. The recently launched collaborative project HiQ-CARB aims to provide new carbons with a superior performance and a low carbon footprint for future green batteries in Europe. HiQ-CARB is receiving EU funding from EIT RawMaterials to scale up and validate this important battery material.


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Funding authority:

EIT RawMaterials


Project duration:

1/1/2021 – 9/30/2024


Project coordinator:

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, Germany



  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V
  • Aalto University, Finland
  • Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH, Germany
  • Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH, Germany
  • Université de Bordeaux, France


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