14, July 2020

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO10437
Open Date: 14/07/2020
Closing Date: 22/09/2020 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 20.1EP.08
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Power / Storage: Batteries
Technology Domains: Spacecraft Electrical Power / Energy Storage Technologies / Electro-Chemical Technologies for Energy Storage
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Electrical Department
Division: Power Systems, EMC & Space Environ.Div
Contract Officer: Erkelens-Sickinger, Franziska
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 14/07/2020
Update Reason: Tender issue

Conventional lithium ion batteries use organic highly flammable liquid electrolytes increasing the risk of catastrophic failure dueto thermal runaways. In addition, the use of carbon anode in Li-ion batteries limit the maximum energy density. Based on scientificresults, it is believed that the use of solid state electrolytes will significantly improve the electrochemical and thermal stabilityrange of the battery cells. That will eventually contribute to enhanced safety on board the satellite and also during spacecraft Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT).The specific energy can be improved by replacing the carbon based anode with a metal based anode. Space requirements, especially for material selection and safety testing, shall be taken into account in the early stages of thedevelopment of a technology combining the advantages of both solid state electrolytes and Li metal anode. Procurement Policy: C(1)= Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news “Industrial Policymeasures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes”.

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