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  • Energy-storage technology is set to play a key role in the future development of major sectors of the economy such as the energy and automotive industries. Electric vehicles, for example, require powerful batteries in order to deliver an acceptable operating range, and electricity generated from renewable sources depends for its long-term viability on stationary energy-storage systems. In order to help Germany establish itself as a leading industrial player in this field of technology, an interdisciplinary Fraunhofer team has drawn up plans for a research facility for battery cell production. On this basis, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has appointed a founding commission and commissioned the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, as the organization responsible for the future facility, to supervise the process to select the facility’s location. As the BMBF announced today, this decision has now fallen in favor of Münster.

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  • Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new production process with the aim of efficient and environmentally friendly future battery production. They coat the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents. A Finnish company is currently successfully testing the new IWS technology in practice.

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  • Fraunhofer IWS scientists headed by Dr. Holger Althues have developed an innovative process for the cost-efficient production of thin lithium anodes made of molten lithium. In the BMBF-funded “MaLiBa” project, the Dresden Institute is working with the companies hpulcas and SGS as well as with scientists led by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen to solve further crucial issues relating to this concept. The most important innovation consists in realizing an anode compound. This contains a few micrometers thick nickel foil with lithium film stabilized by means of protective layers.

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