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ALION, a European consortium, launches a new research project to conceive an innovative and low-cost energy storage technology with improved performance, safety, and reliability.

Barcelona, XXth June 2015

A European research consortium decided to invest in a highly innovative project with the aim to develop a battery combining aluminium and ion. The project, called “High specific energy aluminium-ion rechargeable decentralized electricity generation sources”, or ALION for short, aims to develop a rechargeable battery at lower cost and higher energy efficiency than lithium-ion.

Rechargeable batteries are the most used energy storage options and many technologies in this field have emerged recently. But very few research projects focused on batteries combining aluminium and ion so far, as the technology is at its very beginning.

The results are quite promising: double the power and divide by two the weight of the battery, compared to a standard lithium-ion battery thanks to the chemical characteristics of the components. Another advantage of using aluminium is that it is a much cheaper and abundant material than lithium.

“The project covers the whole value chain from materials and component manufacturers, battery assembler, until the technology validation in specific electric microgrid system including renewable energy source”, says Ahmad Bilal, coordinator of the project at Leitat Technological Centre.  

The battery is designed for energy storage applications within a grid with a stationary battery for renewable energies. But one could imagine other applications such as transport, as the charging time can be reduced significantly under specific circumstances.


The ALION project involves over a 4-year period recognized organisations from all over Europe: Leitat Technological Center (Spain), Torrecid (Spain), Varta (Germany), Albufera Energy Storage (Spain), Dechema Forschungsinstitut (Germany), University of Southampton (United Kingdom), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Solvioni (France), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Accurec (Germany), Acciona (Spain), CEG (Italy), and CEA (France).


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programmeunder grant agreement No 646286.

Press contact
Ahmad Bilal
+34 93 788 23 00

This publication reflects only the author’s views and that the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


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