Battery cell research at the Münster site

With the Research Fab Battery Cells, the infrastructure for testing and qualifying cell production is being created here.

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Partner for battery cell production

The Research Fab Battery Cells is a funded research project led by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in cooperation with the MEET of the University of Münster and the PEM Chair of the RWTH Aachen University.

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Research Fab Battery Cells at Münster site

The goal: competitive and ecological battery cell production for industry

The Research Fab Battery Cells (FFB) is the central research and manufacturing infrastructure to enable industry to produce battery cells economically and ecologically. The aim of the FFB is to accelerate the innovation and commercialisation process of production technologies for existing and future cell formats. The focus is on gaining experience in the operation of large-scale production in order to close existing competence gaps in this field.

Three modular production lines for round, pouch and prismatic hardcase cells

For this purpose, the structure of the Research Fab Battery Cells is divided into up to three modular production lines, which are suitable for the industry-oriented production of round, pouch and prismatic hardcase cells. The individual processes in the production lines are subdivided into the clusters electrode production, cell assembly, conditioning, testing and qualification. In addition, the Research Fab Battery Cells offers the suitable infrastructure for individual testing and qualification of single process technologies within the framework of flexible innovation modules with the aim of interface-optimized integration into the modular production lines.

Further goals of the Research Fab Battery Cells are

  • the proof of reproducibility
  • the proof of scalability
  • the reduction of ramp-up times
  • the commercialisation of a next generation of cell formats, battery technologies and production processes
  • Further training and qualification of technical personnel

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.

In an interview, Professor Fritz Klocke, Managing Director of the Research Fab Battery Cells, talks about the goals and milestones the project consortium plans to achieve in the upcoming years.