Partners in the Research Fab Battery Cells Project

The innovative concept of the Research Fab Battery Cells Project is reflected by a similarly innovative management structure. Ten Fraunhofer institutes – led by Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT – are cooperating with the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components at RWTH Aachen University and the MEET Battery Research Center at University of Münster. 

Together, these partners will develop the manufacturing lines for the initial experiments and the later stages of large-scale production, design the battery cell formats and shape the outlines of a Fraunhofer structure.

Coordination

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will develop and optimize system solutions for a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, focusing its efforts specifically on the fields of process technology, production machines, production quality, metrology and technology management. Fraunhofer IPT will act as the Project Leader, coordinating all efforts that are required for the development of the Research Fab Battery Cells Project that will be structurally integrated into Fraunhofer IPT.

Fraunhofer project team

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT conducts basic and development research into electrochemical energy storage units. It supports the Research Fab Battery Cells Project in the development of a suitable electrode design and of a waste disposal concept for obsolete, defective and safety-critical cells. Fraunhofer ICT is also responsible for the design and the construction of the second production line for prismatic hardcase and pouch cells, having been assigned to organize the manufacture of electrodes and prototype cells. On top of that, Fraunhofer ICT is in charge of defining the requirements for the cells’ safety properties and for developing as well as validating the safety test protocols for pouch and prismatic cells.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials Research IFAM

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials Research IFAM is one of Europe’s foremost independent research institutions in the areas of adhesive bonding, surface technology, forming processes and functional materials. Based on many years of experience in the application of polymers and inorganic materials for the purpose of energy storage in the development of process technologies for industrial-scale battery cell production lines, Fraunhofer IFAM will be supporting the project’s Cell Concept Development team by designing appropriate battery cell production processes.

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF will be closely coordinating its research activities into battery cell business models, factory design and factory management with the other institutes that are involved in the Research Fab Battery Cells Project. Within the project, Fraunhofer IFF is mainly responsible for the implementation of the plan to develop a digital twin of the factory structure.

Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV

Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV is supporting the battery cell research mainly through its experience and expertise in the field of processing technology. In the Research Fab Battery Cells Project, it will be mainly in charge of developing factory design and evaluation processes, production management systems, systems engineering and control technology. Fraunhofer IGCV will also be assigned to provide plans for the facility’s internal logistics and for the outline of Production Line 1. i.e. the production of electrodes and the round cell assembly.

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS will support the Research Fab Battery Cells Project by assisting the development of cell concepts. Based on its skills and experience in the fields of materials research and electrochemistry, Fraunhofer IKTS will – in close cooperation with its partners – develop new cell designs. On top of that, the Institute will also be assigned to draft procurement plans for suitable electrode production equipment. The Fraunhofer IKTS research team will focus on the development of inline-capable quality assurance systems for the battery cell production, for example battery slurry tests and processes for monitoring the drying process.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA will focus on the structural and technological challenges of the production process. It has been assigned to develop appropriate methods, components and equipment and to combine them into fully integrated machines and facilities. Fraunhofer IPA will support the development of the Research Fab Battery Cells Project in fields such as technology selection, factory design, business process development and digitalization.

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is involved in several topics along the value chain of battery cell production: To achieve high energy and resource efficiency on the building and production side, the Institute is working on the design and layout of the building and plant engineering parameters of the research factory. It is also developing an innovative energy and building automation concept. In order to optimally connect different production plants in the battery cell manufacturing process, Fraunhofer ISE is developing digital concepts. The institute optimizes the production process of battery cells in the areas of formation as well as quality assurance during production and final inspection. In addition, the Institute deals with the safety optimization of battery cells and economic issues of battery cell production.

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has been assigned to develop and implement a continuous strategic process for the  Research Fab Battery Cells Project that will guarantee a smooth project launch, the project’s long-term  success and a positive impact on the entire battery ecosystem. For this purpose, Fraunhofer ISI will develop planning instruments to assist the management of the project in their task of designing and optimizing their business model and range of services.

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT (based in Itzehoe) is one of Europe’s foremost research institutions for micro-electronics and micro-systems technology. The Fraunhofer ISIT’s prime assets are its clean room facilities which are not only large enough for research purposes but which can even accommodate an industrial-scale production line for the newly designed micro-chips.

Partners

MEET Battery Research Center at University of Münster

The MEET Battery Research Center at University of Münster is one of the foremost battery research centres in Germany and one of the main drivers of international top-level research. The MEET team's main areas of expertise for the Research Fab Battery Cells are materials science, battery cell technology and production, production technology and systems, battery cell analytics, and the value-added cycle of batteries. The extensive competences in the field of cell production are complemented by expertise in the optimisation and upscaling of cell production processes.

Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University

The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University has been involved in the implementation of the Research Fab Battery Cells Project since its earliest stage. As experienced partners, PEM experts support the establishment of the Research Fab Battery Cells Project and – together with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft – develop essential content in strategy and technology development as well as in building and production planning. Furthermore, PEM provides support in communication with current and future industrial partners.