Novel Complex Metal Hydrides for Efficient and Compact Storage of Renewable Energy as Hydrogen and Electricity


Project timeline
October 2013
48 months
September 2017
General Information
Finding novel solutions for energy storage is of high societal relevance, since it is a prerequisite for the turnaround from fossil fuels and nuclear power to energy from renewable sources, since these sources mostly are intermittent. Well trained experts in energy storage are a prerequisite of the necessary technological development.
Novel borohydride- and nitride based materials may allow for high energy storage densities in terms of both hydrogen and electrochemical processes. For commercial introduction, a prerequisite is the cost efficient large scale production from abundant and relatively cheap raw materials, going from extremely pure chemicals and laboratory-scale to less pure raw materials and industrial scale. ECOSTORE aims at the scientific understanding of materials behaviour in hydrogen as well as in electrochemical processes, and, based on this, at scale-up of cost effective materials production, and at prototype testing to perform a techno-economical evaluation of the developments.
ECOSTORE will train 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and 3 Experienced Researchers (ER) in materials science and use of novel metal hydrides for energy storage – chemical, as hydrogen, and electrochemical, in batteries. The fellows will be trained in scientific skills by pursuing own research projects (leading to a PhD in the case of ESR) as well as in complementary skills, important for their future career in academia or industry.
ECOSTORE is an international network of partners each with high reputation in the field of hydrogen and electrochemical storage. 9 European research institutions, 3 European companies, and 2 Japanese Universities as associated partners form a network of complementary scientific and techno-economical expertise.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
Project TypeMarie Curie Initial Training Network
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 607040
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, DE
Total Eligible Costs (€) HZG Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for HZG (€)
Contact Person at HZG Dr. Klaus Taube, Institute of Materials Research, WT Phone: +49 4152 87 2541, Fax : +49 4152 87 2636
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

CNRS (FR), Institute for Energy Technology (NO), National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (GR), Rockwood Lithium GmbH (DE), SAFT SAS (FR), Università di Torino NIS (IT), Université de Genève (CH), University of Aarhus (DK), University of Birmingham (UK), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (DE), ZOZ GmbH (DE)
ECOSTORE website
Last Update: 15. May 2017