High-performance batteries are key components in mobile and stationary electrically-powered applications, and are also the most complex elements in the system. Particularly in high energy and output ranges, the durability and reliability of a system must be high, placing significant technical demands on the batteries.

The Battery Alliance is concerned with both primary and secondary (rechargeable) systems, from small-scale applications such as button cells to large stationary systems such as redox-flow batteries.

Electrical energy storage devices in vehicles must meet a particularly wide range of (sometimes contradictory) requirements, regarding for example their cost, energy and power density, cycle stability, temperature range and safety. In order to adapt lithium ion batteries for use in vehicles, optimization is needed in a variety of areas. The institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have competences in virtually all of these areas.

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Webinar / 24.10.2022

Fraunhofer Twin Transition Series

High-performance batteries are key for sustainable mobility, smart energy systems and Europe’s climate neutrality. Additionally, they are the most complex elements in the system with tremendous environmental impact. The European Union acts on this dichotomy with the upcoming Battery Directive as part of the Circular Economy Action Plan.

Fraunhofer ISIT / 17.2.2022

Minister President Daniel Günther hands over funding notification for 3.2 million euros for the establishment of the research center in Itzehoe

The handover of the funding decision by Minister President Daniel Günther in Itzehoe is the official kick-off for the establishment of the Research Center for Applied Battery Technology Schleswig-Holstein (FAB-SH). The research center will be located in a former logistics building in close proximity to Fraunhofer ISIT. On 3400 m² of laboratory and office space, starting in 2023, about 30 employees will work on the further development of battery storage systems for maritime, stationary or medical applications, among other things. Another research focus will be on the development of new production technologies for battery storage systems. Architects and planners are currently being commissioned for the building conversion.

Fraunhofer HHI / 18.11.2021

Research for the energy transition: Fraunhofer HHI opens solar-powered battery test center

The "Fiber Optic Sensor Systems" department of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) at the Goslar site in Lower Saxony opened a new battery test center at the end of October. It is located in a former ore processing plant in the Harz Mountains near the institute. The researchers upcycled the industrial building, which had been vacant for years, into a state-of-the-art laboratory. They installed decommissioned solar panels on the roof of the building. The resulting solar power is stored in retired batteries that retain good performance, known as second-life batteries, and is used for the tests. The team thus created an energy-autonomous, resource-saving test center for battery trials.

Fraunhofer FEB / 25.8.2021

Research Fab Battery Cells starts research activities in Münster

Münster. The Fraunhofer Research Fab Battery Cells (FFB) has started its research activities in Münster. Employees of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and MEET Battery Research Center at the University of Münster (WWU) have put a mixing and coating system into operation in the "FFB Workspace" to test electrode production. The aim is to further develop the fully continuous mixing process with regard to the electrode material, the processes and digitization. With the infrastructure in the clean room of the “AlexProWerk”, the Research Fab Battery Cells can carry out initial research contracts for the industry.

 

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