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 the 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 the 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 700 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.