Members of the consortium

Beyond the individual participants, the ECLIPSE consortium has been set up in order to achieve the project objectives and enable the expected impact with the following strategy

European Dimension

The consortium features a true European dimension, with nine partners from five countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Complementary Profiles

The project partners come along with the following complementary profiles:

  • Space industry or large industry: Airbus Defence and Space, SOLVAY and Saft
  • Small and Medium Enterprises: OXIS Energy and SpaceTec Partners
  • Research organisations: Fraunhofer IWS, CEA, Imperial College and Brno University

Relevant Expertise

The consortium excels with expertise in:

  • Studying and designing innovative space systems
  • Performing advanced R&D activities in key technical areas
  • Implementing the relevant tests with specific facilities
  • Driving technological research with cost-benefits criteria



Airbus Defence and Space (Coordinator)

Airbus Defence and Space, 100% owned by Airbus Group is a worldwide leader in the space domain. Airbus Defence and Space is composed of three pillars business divisions: Military Aircraft, Space Systems and Communications, Intelligence and Security – Airbus Defence & Space brings together a wide portfolio to meet the complex needs of its customers, and to contribute to nations’ defense and security. Airbus Defence & Space is the project coordinator for ECLIPSE.

Contact person: Bertrand Faure


Ariane Group

Ariane Group develops and supplies innovative and competitive solutions for civil and military space launchers, with expertise in all aspects of state-of-the-art propulsion technologies. Ariane Group is lead contractor for Europe’s Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launcher families, responsible for both design and the entire production chain, up to and including marketing by its Arianespace subsidiary, as well as for the missiles of the French oceanic deterrent force.

Contact person: Geraldine Palissat



Since 2005, OXIS Energy has spearheaded the Next Generation of Batteries, pioneering rechargeable Lithium Sulphur technology. The company has developed its unparalleled technology around sulphur-based cathode materials, highly stable electrolyte systems and anodes made of lithium metal. OXIS is based at the Culham Science Centre near Oxford in the UK, at the site where the first Lithium‐ion batteries were developed and prototyped.



The Fraunhofer IWS institute conducts applied research and development in the field of laser and surface technology. Its core activities cover a wide range of areas such as laser welding, cutting, coating, hardening and cleaning as well as surface and thin film technology, vapour deposition, process monitoring and Nano particle technology. IWS is well known for its long term experience in Nano and surface technology as well as for its research focused on next generation battery systems.



CEA‐LITEN is a research institute dedicated to technological research, focused on renewable energy sources (solar cells, biomass), energy storage systems (electric vehicles, hydrogen, system management) and nanomaterials for energy applications.



Saft Defence and Space is a division of Saft SAS and is a worldwide leader in the design, development and manufacturing of advanced batteries for Defence and Space activities. As a pioneer in lithium-ion batteries for space applications, Saft offers advanced battery solutions providing very long shelf-life for spacecraft applications.



SpaceTec Partners (STP) is a strategy, management and communications consultancy firm, focussed on the space sector. STP is a unique boutique consultancy as its team combines years of consulting craftsmanship with in‐depth expertise of the space industry and policy.



SOLVAY is an international chemical Group committed to sustainable development with a clear focus on innovation and operational excellence. It realises over 90% of its sales in markets where it is among the top 3 global leaders. SOLVAY offers a broad range of products that contribute to improving the quality of life and the performance of its customers in markets such as consumer goods, construction, automotive, energy, water and environment and electronics.


Imperial College London

Imperial College London is consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts students and staff of the highest international quality. Each Faculty benefits from the support of a dedicated Research Services Team to handle all administrative, financial and contractual aspects, and from the intellectual property services of

Imperial Innovations. Imperial is home to a large community of electrochemists and electrochemical systems engineers.


Brno University of Technology (BUT)

Brno University of Technology (BUT) is one of the best technical universities in the Czech Republic. The university consists of faculties and research centres, each having an autonomous status with its own

budget. One of these research centres is the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC). CEITEC priorities include providing an international dimension in research cooperation as well as ensuring its interdisciplinary character.