The European research network of excellence ALISTORE created in 2004 by Jean‑Marie Tarascon on the occasion of the 6th FP6 program fits the objective of restructuring research on Li-ion batteries at the European level. In 2008 this network became a European research institute (ALISTORE‑ERI) financially independent thanks to the creation of an associated industrials Club. R. Palacin and P. Simon have been managing this network since 2010. Today, it gathers 20 academic laboratories and 18 industries, working all together on the improvement of existing batteries and the development of tomorrow’s technologies. The whole structure is managed by the CNRS; Industrial property (PI) comes as a patents portfolio with a preferential access for industrial partners. Besides these two axes, research and technology, ALISTORE-ERI has an important axe namely Formation at Doctorant’s level as well as Master’s level with an Erasmus Mundus Master entitled «Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion» (See below).
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The purpose is to integrate and gather the best of European research groups in the field of Li-batteries inside a virtual institute in order to reduce redundancy, ensure complementarity, share expensive equipment, and even purchase new one. It operates via the set up of “Brainstorming-type” interactions so as to favour scientific discussions and exchanges in order to establish, define and commit to a long-term vision. It also helps in the creation of performing analytical platforms capable of fulfilling our ambitions and finally inculcate in our new generations the importance of collective/cooperative work, sharing of ideas and mobility for an efficient/creative and innovating research. Besides the wish to i) establish a strong scientific platform in the field of batteries, ii) to set up a program of specialized education (European Master, Summer Schools and Workshops), one of the other aims of ALISTORE is to look for new paradigm shifts within the field of energy storage and to serve as a vehicle to rapidly act on exciting technologies such as Li-air via the rapid launching of tasks forces.
The functioning of the RS2E network mainly stands on basic principles defined in the European ALISTORE-ERI program, which is today internationally known, and that we have developed for exploiting the positive attributes of nanomaterials in designing better performing Li-ion batteries. The scientific perimeter of the RS2E goes well beyond research-wise while also offering technological transfer via the creation of pre-transfer units. How?
- The research level: it covers a much wider area encompassing research on supercapacitors, eco-compatible storage, smart materials, redox flow and all-solid technologies, which are not presently addressed in ALISTORE-ERI.
- Opposite to ALISTORE-ERI it includes pre-transfer units enabling to quickly adapt an idea, from its conception to its realisation. With academic research (universities and CNRS), pre-transfer units, prototyping units (EPICS), and makers/manufacturers (industrials), it possesses all the necessary links for a quick integration in a finished product.
- At the formation level, it relies on ERASMUS MUNDUS pertaining to ALISTORE-ERI, but there again it goes further with the creation of an alternate formation of engineers within the School of Engineers in Bordeaux (ENSCBP) under the responsibility of Liliane Guerlou-Demourgues and Laurence Croguennec.