The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has announced that its battery production research centre (FFB) will be located in Münster and will be set up at MEET (Electrochemical Energy Technology centre at Uni Münster). The German government funds the project with 500 million euros.
“MEET’s expertise in material and cell development for batteries and RWTH Aachen University’s expertise in cell and battery production complement each other perfectly with Fraunhofer’s expertise in production technology and transfer to industry,” said Fraunhofer President Reimund Neugebauer. “Our goal is to establish an excellent production research centre that immanently accelerates the innovation process for the production of new battery cell concepts and their mass production. Time is pressing when it comes to energy storage technologies.”
According to the plans of the federal German government, the FEB should improve the conditions for battery cell production in Germany. The centre will be support the development of production lines for cell production. While the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is responsible for the planning and construction of the research production, an industrial consortium will tackle the development and scaling of new production technologies.
Among others, the battery specialists BMZ Group, Custom Cells Itzehoe, EAS Batteries, Leclanché and Liacon are on board. After the research phase, the consortium wants to win investors and customers with the large-scale production lines and the industrialization platform that will then emerge in order to facilitate the rapid establishment of German cell production.