Development of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB in Münster, Germany

The "FoFeBat" Project

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB is being set up as part of the "FoFeBat" project (shorthand for "Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle") funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The project aims to provide industrial manufacturers with a central research infrastructure and, ultimately, to help them create economically efficient and ecologically sustainable battery cell production lines. The project has been designed to accelerate the processes of innovating and commercializing production technologies for existing and future battery cell formats. The research project will focus on the acquisition of experiences with large-scale industrial production processes, on the build-up and development of skills required to manage these processes and on the elimination of existing gaps in our knowledge and understanding.

14 Fraunhofer institutes – led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT – are cooperating with the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University, the MEET Battery Research Center at University of Münster and the Forschungszentrum Jülich. The federal government and the government of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia have committed with a total of up to EUR 680 million to the industrial research project (EUR 500 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and EUR 180 million from the North Rhine-Westphalia state administration).

The research production line of the Fraunhofer FFB will be housed in the Hansa-BusinessPark, located in the Münster suburb of Amelsbüren. For this purpose, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has acquired two sites near the Dortmund-Ems Canal from Wirtschaftsförderung Münster GmbH. The Fraunhofer FFB project is being managed as a research institution of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Partners

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

Project Development

A fully functional research manufacturing line for the production of various types of battery cells will be built in Münster.

Background and Umbrella Project

The research project "FoFeBat" is part of the "Forschungsfabrik Batterie" ("Battery Production Research Factory") umbrella project.

Executive Board

The Executive Board provides strategic leadership for the "FoFeBat" Research Project.