Batt4EU is a battery-focused partnership which was initiated under the Horizon Europe Programm. This European partnership aims at reaching a competitive and sustainable industrial value-chain for batteries inside the old continent. It brings the vision to drive the transformation towards a carbon-neutral society.
The BEPA stands for Battery European Partnership Association.
This association constitutes the private side of Batt4EU – the public side being the European Commission. The BEPA regroups all the battery stakeholders from the European Research Community. It was created in 2020.
Baikowski joined the BEPA in early 2021. In december 2021, there were already 180 members.
Advanced materials & manufacturing BEPA working group
The main mission of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) is to identify, prioritize and draft the Research & Innovation topics which will be submitted to the European Commission as recommendations for the next Horizon Europe Work Programs. There are six TWGs in total, in order to cover the whole value chain.
Baikowski is part of the 2nd Technical Working Group : Advanced materials and manufacturing.
By being part of the BEPA, Baikowski goes one step further into the research in the battery field.
Indeed, we are convinced that fine oxides, including high purity alumina, will play a key role in the future of the battery. This future is full of challenges; make the battery safer, smaller, last longer and increase its energy density. We believe that our products can play a part in taking up those challenges thanks to the high level of control we have on their properties.
Let’s take an example of downsizing. First of all, we highly control the particle size and size distribution of our powders. If our fine particles of Al2O3 are used as a filler or as coated layer for Li-ion battery separator, then the thickness of the Al2O3 layer is also closely monitored. In the end of the day, the thickness of the finished separator is also highly controlled and contributes to downsizing the battery cell.
The ceramic nanofillers are nanoparticles of oxides embedded into a matrix of diverse materials (polymers, resins, metal…). The “classical” nanofillers are meant to lower the cost of a material by replacing a higher value material. Furthermore, ceramic nanofillers have the benefit of strengthen the physical properties of the matrix, namely its mechanical, optical or thermal properties.
Moreover, we’ll show here a new type of nanofillers, designed for high performance applications. We are talking about the agglomerate-free nanomaterial dispersions.
Properties of the innovative ceramic nanofillers
The agglomerate-free nanomaterials dispersed in various media are bringing outstanding properties:
High solid loading
Mathym® and Baikowski® are producing several ceramic nanoparticles, which can be used as nanofillers. Here are some examples including high purity alumina (Al2O3) nano-dispersions, titanium dioxide (TiO2), ceria (CeO2) and zirconia (ZrO2), as known as zilight® for Mathym:
The nanoparticles are agglomerate-free and delivered as a suspension. They are also known as nano-dispersions. Well dispersed, these nanoparticles used as nanofillers are solving some paradoxes:
Here at Baikowski, we wanted to include the QSE management system into an Integrated Management System (IMS).
This solution enables to optimize the management process consistently, efficiently and harmoniously, while bringing together the questions of quality, environment, health and security in a single system.
This system is part of a continuous improvement approach for the global performance of the company. Indeed, all the processes of the company are aligned. This approach brings an efficient answer to lots of challenges of performance of the company such as:
Adaptation to evolving markets – in some sectors and for specific customers, the ISO standards compliance is a key criterion;
Guarantee of service consistency, in accordance with the customers’ expectations;
Continuous improvement of processes;
Motivation and development of skills for all collaborators;
Improvement and security of work conditions;
Sustainable activities regarding the environmental standards;
Respect of legal and regulatory provisions.
ISO certifications achieved and renewed in 2021
Thus, since June 24th of 2021, Baikowski France is certified:
ISO 45001:2018 for the health and security management at work. This standard is more complete and integrated than the OHSAS 18001 standard that we owned previously.
ISO 9001:2015 for the quality management;
ISO 14001:2015 for the environmental management.
These certificates are concerning the design, manufacturing and sale of pure mineral oxides, ammonium alum and sodium bisulphite.
Do you want to download our certificates, delivered by Afnor? Find them here.
Meet us at the Aeronautics & Space Innovative Technology Summit (AITS) Bremen, Germany… Wherever you are! Indeed, the event is fully digital this year due to global sanitary situation.
However, our sales and R&D teams are at least as engaged as if it was a physical fair. They are available at any time to answer your questions and discuss around your technical projects.
We will especially focus on Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) applications and Spinel for detection applications.
Mathym is an innovative company operating in the area of nanomaterials and specialising in the development, manufacture and commercialisation of nanodispersions. Its products are notably used in the biomedical (dental and orthopaedic) sectors, as well as for ceramic, surface coating and 3D printing applications, where they contribute to providing or reinforcing critical properties (such as radio-opacity, refractive index or durability) of composite materials. Mathym, founded in 2013, currently employs 10 persons within its R&D, production, QHSE and support functions.