More efficient use of bioresources as energy storage and enablers of the green transition (BitKein), JYU's investment (BitKein)

Main funder

Funder's project numberJ10230

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 196 808,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date01/09/2023

Project end date31/12/2025


This investment project is linked to VTT's and the University of Jyväskylä's joint development project, "More efficient use of bioresources as energy storage and enablers of the green transition (BitKein) (application no. 900588). The investment project will create the necessary equipment and resources for implementing the University of Jyväskylä subproject. The BitKein project focuses on three large-scale solutions for regulating the power system and storing energy. At the same time, the aim is to support the transition to renewable energy and the conversion of land previously used for peat production to produce renewable energy and biomass suitable for producing conductive electrode-grade carbon.

The project aims to develop flow batteries suitable for storing large amounts of energy by optimizing the manufacture of electrodes used in batteries and improving the performance of batteries by enhancing the properties of the proton-selective membrane separating the halves of selective battery cells. At the heart of the electrode manufacturing method is 3D printing. Printing can be used to build electrodes optimized in terms of surface area and flow-through properties in a controlled manner. By optimizing the structure and composition of the electrodes, the performance of the batteries can be improved. At the same time, printing creates the possibility to tailor the entire battery pack to meet the user's needs.

The reactions that occur on the electrodes determine the power of the battery. The carbon electrodes currently used in flow batteries are built on natural graphite, classified as a critical material by the EU. This project aims to replace graphite with locally produced conductive biocarbon. The goal is to develop the carbon electrode manufacturing method to utilize different types of bio-based conductive carbon materials.

At the same time, the aim is to expand the applications of bio-based carbon materials by generating added value. Therefore, a key part of the project is the finding and utilization of biomass suitable as raw material for the production of conductive carbon.

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