CEG is a Spanish important business group which started as a battery manufacturer in 1934. The CEG group is currently one of the world’s leading manufacturers of private label batteries, now commanding a strong market presence, both at home and abroad. In 2009 the group’s consolidated turnover stood at 200 M€, with a work force of close to 1000 people.

CEG has an extensive sales and logistics network, operating in 8 different countries and exporting to 50 countries on the 5 continents. Most of this production is exported to Europe, particularly to Germany. Throughout the last 8 decades, CEG has demonstrated its ability to develop and bring innovative solutions to market, putting the company at the forefront of technological development in the manufacture of portable batteries.

Back in the 1990’s, CEG launched their “Environmentally Friendly” Green Technology battery range –the first step in their research and innovation strategy-, including 2 new lines of consumer batteries (Alkaline and Zinc Chloride) with enhanced performances and industrial batteries (Zinc Air alkaline technology with greater autonomy, improved response to low/high temperatures and a constant voltage throughout the lifetime of the battery.

In order to adapt to the fast growing demands of recent times, wide ranging research into new electric storage technologies, such as lithium ion battery or PEM fuel cells are in progress within the R&D Department of the company. As a result of this research effort new products are available in CEG catalogue now (hydrogen fuel cells for stationary applications) and others, as lithium-ion battery packs and cells, are coming soon. There is no overlapping between these projects with the STABLE project.

Main tasks attributed: optimization of PC/EC/DEC solvent combinations to protect the anode electrode through modification of SEI layer (Task 3.1) in WP3; assembling of obtained materials into a complete cell (Task 5.1), analysis of the performance impact of different assembly techniques with different electrolytes (Task 5.2), characterization and evaluation of the performance of the cells assembled (Task 5.3) in WP5.

In WP5, CEG INTERNATIONAL will perform studies of mechanical properties and fabrication method of electrodes, electrochemical studies on laboratory half cells and finally, the assembling of complete cells. CEG INTERNATIONAL will be also involved in the definition of cell requirements and testing procedures as well as in the testing and evaluation of the cells.

Previous Relevant Experience: CEG has considerable technical experience and excellent testing equipment and procedures in place for the development of novel products, with particular expertise in the technical requirements that are necessary for market introduction. CEG also brings to the project its experience of collaborating in many national and regional projects. The group is currently expanding its participation in European projects. CEG is participating in 4 EU projects, mainly in the batteries sector and fuel cells ILLIBAT (FP6 NMP 2006-3), ORION (FP7 NMP-2008-2.4.1), POLYZION (FP7 ENERGY-2008.10.1.2), ZEOCELL (ENERGY-2007-1.1.1) and is negotiating with the EC the SOMABAT project from the GREEN CARS public private partnership (FP7 Green Cars-NMP-2010-1) and the SHEL project in the FCH JU. At national and regional level, the company is leading strategic projects concerning key competitive sectors as the fuel cell and the automotive industry. There is no overlapping between these projects and the STABLE project.

Key people involved:

Dr. Igor CANTERO Uribe-Echeberria has a Ph.D. in Chemistry (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, 1999). Since 2000, he has been responsible for the New Technologies R&D Department at CEG. Dr. Cantero has authored 5 book chapters and 18 papers published in national and international scientific journals. He also holds 5 patents, has participated in 35 investigative projects and over 30 conferences.