Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB
Electrical power storage systems are of enormous importance for all sectors of the economy involved in the energy and mobility turnaround. Demand is not only in the automotive industry and other e-mobility applications, but also in the form of stationary storage units for building technology or in batteries for power tools or smart devices. According to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, battery production capacities will quadruple from 124 gigawatt hours per year expected for the end of 2022 to more than 500 gigawatt hours in Europe alone by 2025, and even increase tenfold to up to 1.5 terawatt hours by 2030. The challenge now is to manage this growth successfully and to establish and expand efficient production facilities in Germany, including the necessary infrastructure.
The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB located in Münster, is therefore to become the center of development of a modern and scalable battery cell production for Germany and Europe.
Battery cell production: more efficient, cheaper and of higher quality
To ensure that production in Germany can provide new battery technologies more efficiently, more cheaply and in the highest quality in the future, the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are funding the establishment of a research factory for battery production with a total of up to 680 million euros. The factory provides the infrastructure with which small and medium-sized companies, but also large companies and research institutions can test, implement and optimize the near-series production of new batteries.
Autonomy from existing battery technology markets
Together with partners from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, RWTH Aachen University, the University of Münster and Forschungszentrum Jülich, we are thus closing the existing gap in the value chain for batteries and accumulators and helping to avoid dependency on other markets for energy storage technologies.