Battery research in the technology location Germany: »Research Fab Battery Cells«

Due to the changes in the fields of energy and mobility and the shift towards e-mobility, the demand for innovative battery technologies is constantly increasing. The »Research Fab Battery Cells« helps to transfer innovative battery cell concepts into products for the industry, benefitting from new and innovative production processes. For example, the cell production of lithium-ion batteries is to be promoted by making production facilities more flexible and modular and by developing new concepts for the sustainable use of resources. Industrial companies of all sizes and research partners can benefit from the results of the described project, which will help make Germany a technology hub and a player in international competition.

The aim of the »Research Fab Battery Cells« at the site in Münster is to develop new types of production processes for battery cell manufacturing to promote the sustainable use of resources. Making production facilities more flexible and modular and developing new cell formats aims to enable the large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries. The optimization of costs, quality, speed, and process reliability play an important role in this context. Also, experts for cell production are to be trained in research production.

The project is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. In addition to the Fraunhofer IGCV, eight other Fraunhofer Institutes throughout Germany support the project. Furthermore, the University Institute Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) and the Chair Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of the RWTH Aachen University are among the partners of the »Research Fab Battery Cells«. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the project with more than 700 million €. The Fraunhofer IGCV is in charge of a work package and supports the entire development of the »Research Fab Battery Cells.«

Optical inspection of battery electrodes at Fraunhofer IGCV
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Optical inspection of battery electrodes at Fraunhofer IGCV

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