In the QueEn project, solution approaches and technologies are being developed that sustainably optimize the entire value chain under economic and environmental aspects. The results are to usher in a new generation of plant technology in battery cell production.
The attractiveness of environment solutions lies in the enormous energy reduction as a result of encapsulation close to the process or even the product. In QueEn, a mini-environment concept is being developed and implemented that, as a whole, addresses the biggest industrial challenges. Increasing production and process requirements make it necessary to also consider future cell materials in the design of the plant technology. Currently, these materials still bring existing dehumidification technologies to their technical limits.
For this reason, we are developing an innovative and energy-efficient dehumidification technology for mini-environments. Accompanying intelligent control and regulation methods are implemented to ensure interactions between production technology and atmosphere. Looking at the entire value chain from an industrial perspective, the plant engineering interfaces present a particular challenge. On the one hand, this is the feeding of semi-finished products, the elimination of malfunctions and the fully automated plant interlinking, which are essential for high throughputs in future gigafactories (such as the automotive sector).
Likewise, the surrounding atmosphere and the integration of the concepts in factories will be explored. The goal is to design a modular building block system that will enable the transferability of the mini-environment concept to other areas of the value chain. Furthermore, the project targets process innovations for the safety-critical and bottleneck process "electrolyte filling".