Research Fab Battery Cells

Electrical power storage systems are of enormous importance for all sectors of the economy involved in the energy and mobility turnaround. Demand is not only in the automotive industry and other e-mobility applications, but also in the form of stationary storage units for building technology or in batteries for power tools or smart devices. By 2030, according to a study by Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, battery production will increase fifteen-fold from today's 38 gigawatt hours per year to 576 gigawatt hours in Europe alone. The challenge now is to manage this growth successfully and to establish and expand efficient production facilities in Germany, including the necessary infrastructure.  

The Research Fab Battery Cells (FFB), a new unit of Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT located in Münster, is therefore to become the center of development of a modern and scalable battery cell production for Germany and Europe.

Battery cell production: more efficient, cheaper and of higher quality

To ensure that production in Germany can provide new battery technologies more efficiently, more cheaply and in the highest quality in the future, the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are funding the establishment of a research factory for battery production with a total of up to 680 million euros. The factory provides the infrastructure with which small and medium-sized companies, but also large companies and research institutions can test, implement and optimize the near-series production of new batteries.

Autonomy from existing battery technology markets

Together with partners from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, RWTH Aachen University and the Battery Research Center Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) of the University of Münster, we are thus closing the existing gap in the value chain for batteries and accumulators and helping to avoid dependency on other markets for energy storage technologies.

 

Profile

The Research Fab Battery Cells supports industrial partners and customers in the implementation of new battery cell concepts and the development of advanced production processes.

 

Partners

The institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the MEET of the University of Münster and the PEM Chair of the RWTH Aachen University are working together to establish the FFB.

 

Location

By 2022, a fully functional research factory for the production of various battery cell types is to be built at the Münster site.

Certification

As a sub-institute of the Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, the Research Fab Battery Cells Project is certificated according to ISO 9001. 

Our offer: scalability, reproducibility and quality in battery cell production

The range of services offered by the Research Fab Battery Cells facility is aimed both at companies from the fields of mechanical and plant engineering and cell production, and at integrators of Li-ion battery cells who wish to further develop their products on the basis of the latest cell technologies.

In this European hub, in which leading experts in German battery and production technology from industry and research work together, we will be working in the future to transfer new battery concepts (<TRL5) into series production (TRL6 to TRL7).

By researching battery cell production and consistently developing system technology, we are thus creating the conditions for large-scale series production. Our work is oriented towards commercial use in industry and thus aims at scalability, reproducibility and quality of the most modern and highly demanded battery cell products as well as the necessary plant technology.