Developing High-Performance and Sustainable
Lithium Ion Batteries

Like the mythical beast, HYDRA takes a multi-headed approach to develop the next-generation of high-energy and low-cost Li-ion batteries. 

Hybrid Materials

Model-Based Design

Advanced Manufacturing


HYDRA is short for HYbriD power-energy electRodes for next generation lithium-ion bAtteries. It is an international battery research and innovation project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program.

The project brings together leading industry and research partners to develop the next generation of lithium-ion batteries and support the growing European battery industry.

Through the development of sustainable and high-performance Li-ion cells, HYDRA will contribute to the future of electric mobility and help support the Green Transition.

The HYDRA project aims at making improvements in four areas: sustainability, materials, manufacturing and commercialization.


Electric mobility is a key technology to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive industrial innovation in Europe.

The global market for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to grow to 125 million units over the next decade.

High-performance Li-ion batteries that are safe, affordable, durable, and energy-dense are needed to power these EVs.

The demand is projected to reach 130 GWh/year by 2025. 


Hydra aims to develop Generation 3b Li-ion batteries that meet the following specifications:

  • Energy density: > 750 Wh L-1
  • Cost: < 90 € kWh-1
  • Max. Charging rate: 5C
  • Max. Discharging Rate: 15C
  • Cycle Life: 2000 deep cycles

HYDRA seeks to make improvements in four areas


Develop new Co-free hybrid electrode materials & architectures.


Improve environmental impact and ecological sustainability of batteries.


Enhance manufacturing processes for production of materials and cells.


Ensure fast commercial implementation of project results.


Find out more about the HYDRA consortium partners