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The Hansa BusinessPark in Münster will provide the Research Fab Battery Cells team with a purpose-built new home.

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Outlook: Approx. 150 new jobs will be created in the field of production technology research.

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The infrastructure required for ground-breaking research into (near-)industrial battery cell production technologies still needs to be developed.

Project Development in Münster

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft intends to conduct the Research Fab Battery Cells in two new buildings that will be constructed in Münster’s Hansa-BusinessPark. The gradual development of the buildings and the on-site research infrastructure will be sub-divided into several stages. The construction will be overseen and managed by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, acting through the state-owned company NRW.URBAN.  

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Offices at Technologiehof Münster

Members of the Battery Cell Production Research team are currently preparing the construction of the new buildings, the development of the necessary technical equipment and the design of the research infrastructure. Until the members of the team can move into the new Hansa BusinessPark site, visitors are being welcomed at the temporary FFB offices at the premises of Technologieförderung Münster GmbH.

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"FFB Workspace"

In 2021, the Research Fab Battery Cells team will start the operation of a coating line with clean room technology at the "AlexProWerk" of the Alexianer Werkstätten in Münster. This "FFB Workspace" allows the research team to experiment with continuous mixing techniques, developing a seamlessly integrated procedure of mixing the materials for the coating of cathodes and anodes and of continuously supplying them to the coating unit. The "FFB Workspace" is also designed to enable analyses of the electrodes that are produced in this process and to identify ways of tweaking the formulation for better results. The "FFB Workspace" will have a usable floor space of 430 square meters (4,600 sq feet) and provide an annual machine capacity of 50 MWh for the production of anodes.

"FFB PreFab"

Once the construction of the first building (the "FFB PreFab") has been completed, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia will hand over the keys to Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The site will provide the space for a small-scale battery cell production line, paving the way for medium-scale production research and, eventually, for the development of a large-scale industrial production line. Like the "FFB Fab", the "FFB PreFab" will be set up at the new site in the Hansa BusinessPark. "FFB PreFab" will operate with an annual machine capacity of approx. 200 MWh for the production of electrodes.

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"FFB Fab"

Stage Two of the construction project will provide the Research Fab Battery Cells team with the space for a large-scale industrial battery cell production line (the "FFB Fab"). The building will accommodate a variable-layout production line, designed to allow industrial battery cell manufacturers to experiment with and optimize all or some of the processing steps along the value chain. The "FFB Fab" will have a usable floor space of approx. 20,000 square meters (21,500 sq feet) and will provide an annual machine capacity of 6.8 GWh for the production of electrodes.