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ams (austriamicrosystems AG)

ams (austriamicrosystems AG) is the coordinating partner of this EU funded project which is coordinated by Ewald Wachmann.

ams is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs, combining almost 30 years of analog design know-how with state-of-the-art manufacturing and test facilities and production partnerships. ams leverages its expertise in low power and high accuracy to provide industry-leading standard and customized analog products. Operating worldwide with more than 1,200 employees, ams focuses on the areas of power management, sensors & sensor interfaces and mobile infotainment in its markets Consumer & Communications, Industry & Medical and Automotive. Through the acquisition of TAOS, a world leader in advanced light sensors, ams  has expanded its innovative sensor offering for growth markets such as mobile devices. ams (austriamicrosystems AG) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ticker: AMS).

Valeo Electrical Engine Systems

Valeo is a first tier automotive parts supplier with a worldwide foot print.

  • Present in 27 countries, the Group employs 52 500 people
  • 119 production sites, 22 Research & Development centers
  • 10 billion euro of total operating revenues
  • 9 Product families

Investment in Research & Development represents 5% of the Group’s total operating revenues. Valeo Electrical Engine Systems (VEES) is one of the 9 product family of Valeo and represents one of the leading suppliers in alternators and starters and starter-alternators worldwide (more than 13 million alternators and 10 million starters per year). In last decade Valeo has also developed a complete hybridization strategy starting from micro hybrid up to electrical vehicle. Valeo has introduced the “stop start” system on the belt driven Starter alternator reversible system with PSA in 2004, is now focused on implement new functions regenerative braking and torque assist to design cost effective mild hybrid solutions. On the same time Valeo is working on electrical vehicle and derivative solutions (full hybrid and plug in hybrid). Valeo is also developing EEM (Electrical Energy Management) solutions including DCDC converter and power pack for electrical energy storage for all type of vehicle. The participation in ESTRELIA project is an opportunity to consolidate these developments.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

The FHG is the leading organization of institutes for applied research in Europe, undertaking contract research on behalf of industry, the service sector and the government. At present, FHG maintains more than 80 research establishments at more than 40 locations throughout Germany. A staff of some 17000, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, works with an annual research budget of about 1.5 billion Euros. Of this sum, more than one billion Euros are earned through contract research. The Fraunhofer Microelectronics Alliance VμE coordinates the activities of the ten Fraunhofer institutes working with about 2500 people in the fields of micro- and nano-electronics. Among these, the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Device Technology (Institut für Integrierte Systeme und Bauelementetechnologie IISB) in Erlangen is dedicated to front-end process simulation and development, and power electronic systems. Fraunhofer IISB will contribute to the specifications, the integration, the realization, and the characterization of a modular high density energy packs with significantly improved safety and reliability aspects. Fraunhofer IISB will develop new cost effective circuit topologies for interconnecting the battery cells with the BMS and the balancing circuit, and allowing dynamic reconfiguration of the battery modules in case of a cell failure. A fully new low cost power device (i.e., antifuse) will be developed in close cooperation with Valeo to suit the automotive requirements. Multiphysics simulation will be used to help identifying the most promising technological options and to optimize such devices as well as to study BMS integration issues. Finally, battery modules will be realized for testing and characterization.
The “Power Electronic Systems” department of IISB involved in the project is specialized on system integration of power electronics, especially into thermally and geometrically demanding target applications. The staff has a broad experience in integrated systems for automotive hybrid and electric traction applications. System engineering is done based on software tools for thermal, thermomechanical, and electro-magnetical analysis, and for circuit and system simulations. Facilities necessary for thermal and electrical characterizations are available; the same applies regarding equipment for reliability tests and failure analysis.

Corning S.A.S

Corning S.A.S is a diversified technology company that concentrates its efforts on high-impact growth opportunities. With world-class expertise in glass, ceramic materials, polymers and the manipulation of the properties of light, Corning combines materials technology with strong process and manufacturing capabilities to develop and commercialize significant innovative products for the telecommunications, flat panel display, environmental, energy, semiconductor and life sciences industries. For more than 150 years Corning has continued to be the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. We work closely with customers and industry experts to understand critical market needs, develop keystone component solutions, and then bring those life-changing solutions to commercialization. Our R&D program, funded at an average annual rate of 10% of sales, generates important new technologies at a high rate. Corning leverages its materials science and process engineering expertise to develop and commercialize revolutionary innovations such as optical fiber for telecommunications; ceramic substrates for automotive catalytic converters; and specialty flat glass for handheld devices, computers and large-screen televisions. This is accomplished by collaborating closely with customers across numerous industries-turning what were once only possibilities into breakthrough realities. Corning operates over 60 manufacturing operations and glass forming factories around the world with more than 20 offices and manufacturing sites in Europe. As part of the commitment to ongoing research, Corning has been investigating ultra capacitor materials and manufacturing processes for several years. It is Corning’s intention to continue leveraging this expertise throughout the proposed project to demonstrate the potential for combining latest-generation ultra capacitors with existing batteries to improve the performance of hybrid and electric vehicles beyond current state-of-the-art.

ABR Austrian Research Laboratory GmbH

ABR is one of the largest autonomous test laboratories for electrochemical storage systems in Europe. ABR is working on R&D topics and develops own solutions for storage systems, mainly in the field of the automotive applications (starter-, micro hybrid- and hybrid systems). During the last few years ABR initiated consortia projects together with the leading German OEMs and performed these projects as a leading partner. ABR has been working on micro- and mild hybrid and Li-Ion applications already since some years. Furthermore ABR is also supplier for benches and other equipment for processing tests on storage systems (Li-Ion). The main capabilities of ABR are the possibilities to perform complex and custom individual tests and a very high flexibility in the performing of tests itself.


The AppliedSensor Group was founded in 2000 as a merger of a Swedish (Nordic Sensor Technologies AB) and a German (Motech GmbH) company, both active in the electronic nose business. Today AppliedSensor Group consists of 3 main operations (AppliedSensor Sweden AB, AppliedSensor Inc., and AppliedSensor GmbH) out of which the latter is the prime contact for this R&D project.


CEA-LETI, the Laboratory for Electronics & Information Technology is operated by
Direction de la Recherche Technologique at CEA, the French Atomic Energy Commission. Its main mission is to help industrial companies to increase their competitiveness through technological innovation and transfer of its technical know-how. Major player in the MINATEC Micro-Nano technologies innovation center, CEA-LETI benefits from 8000m² state-of-the-art clean rooms, with equipment worth more than 200 million Euros. It is currently employing some 1600 people among whom 1100 CEA employees and co-workers of various status including 100 people from industrial partners, working in the CEA-LETI premises within the framework of bilateral collaborations. The annual budget is 230 Million Euros, with 75% coming from research contracts with industry. Leti has a very important patents portfolio, and filed last year more than 200 patents and 800 publications.

The planned work in the ESTRELIA project is the design and fabrication of a sensor aiming at detecting electrical sparks in a battery pack. MEMS fabrication techniques will be used to ensure low fabrication costs if manufactured in large quantities.

Active Technologies

Active Technologies srl was founded in 2003 as a spin-off of the Università di Ferrara, thanks to the knowledge acquired by its co-founders in the design of high-performance measurement systems dedicated to the parametric characterization of nonvolatile memories. In particular the company developed and commercializes a test equipment called RIFLE (Research Instrument for Flash Evaluation). Since 2007 it is a fully private company. The company expertizes in the design of dedicated tools for non-volatile memories characterization has been increased thanks to the participation to the 7th FP GOSSAMER (Gigascale Oriented Solid State flAsh Memory for EuRope). The company has recently developed a series of general purposes test systems, such as logic analyzers and arbitrary waveform generators. In the last few years Active Technologies entered in a new research field concerning the design of a general platform for customized tests and data acquisitions.


E4V has been incorporated as a French Company in July 2008 as the result of a multi-year process and a network of World Class Experts and Specialists deeply involved in the challenge of Lithium Ion Batteries and Electric Vehicles. E4V has been able to introduce prototypes on the road since October 2009 but also to start and be present aboard a number of cars at the Paris Car Show in October 2010

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