The "Research Fab Battery Cells" Project
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia are jointly sponsoring the project "Research Fab Battery Cells" (also known as the "FFB Project", shorthand for Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle), which 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.
Ten Fraunhofer institutes – led by Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT – are cooperating with the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University and the MEET Battery Research Center at University of Münster. 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 FFB project 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 FFB project is being managed as a sub-institute of the Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT.