Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

A Laboratory for the Battery of the Future: Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB) opened

13.07.2015

The enhancement of electromobility and the turn in energy politics towards renewable energy require efficient, low cost and environmentally friendly battery cells and a detailed knowledge of the related manufacturing processes. Research on future battery cells and their production is the aim of the Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB) within the TU Braunschweig. The BLB which recently opened its doors aims at being the most flexible research institution for battery production in Germany.

The particular aim of the BLB researchers is the development of new manufacturing processes for modern lithium-ion battery cells as well as for new battery generations such as solid-state batteries or lithium-sulphur batteries.

Four million euros have been invested in the BLB by means of an ERDF-project (European Regional Development Fund) of the state of Lower Saxony and own funds of the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Further five million euros have been raised by the TU Braunschweig on its own and have been used by means of project funding from the national government for restoring the building and for financing the facilities and machines.

Organisationally, the BLB is incorporated in the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik – NFF) and represents the entire, flexible process chain on modern manufacturing facilities for lithium-ion battery cells. The BLB does not solely investigate the battery cell production, but the entire life cycle of a battery:

- starting from the material production and -conditioning
- over the electrode-, cell-, module- and system development and production
- up to the integration and use in vehicles,
- the recycling of the battery systems and
- the return of the recycled materials into the material cycle.

The BLB has already been very successful even before moving to the new laboratory rooms. “Over the last couple of years, BLB researchers have played an active part in numerous publicly funded projects. In total, funds of more than 10 million euros will be invested in projects of the BLB by the end of 2015”, states Prof. Arno Kwade, the BLB spokesman.

“Since 2008 the BLB incorporates the competence in battery technology of seven institutes in the field process- and production technology, electrical engineering, engineering design or chemistry in one single research institution“, explains Prof. Jürgen Hesselbach, president of the Technische Universität Braunschweig. “In cooperation with the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt – PTB) our institutes do research to find solutions for the battery production of the future. Merging those competences from the fields of chemistry, process technology, production technology, engineering design, electrical engineering and metrology in this wide range is unique in Germany.”

“The TU Braunschweig bundles research potentials most effectively. With the Battery LabFactory the science region clearly marks the development towards future-oriented research“, says Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture in Lower Saxony. “There is an urgent need for research in the fields electromobility and batteries. The efforts of the Battery LabFactory aim at meeting our needs for mobility in a sustainable manner, so that our mobility does not develop at the expense of environment.”

Cell manufacturing has a key function in the value adding chain of e-mobility – the battery makes up about 80 percent of the costs of the drive train. It is the aim of the Federal Government to establish a large-scale production of new battery cells in Germany. Besides electromobility, batteries will also play an important role in the field of stationary energy storage.

The BLB is, amongst others, one of the main pillars in the existing research associations GEENI and FABENO. GEENI, the Graduate programme for Energy Storage and Electromobility Lower Saxony, addresses the question of how mobility can be ensured without the use of fossil fuels. FABENO is the acronym for the Forschungsallianz Batterie & Elektrochemie Norddeutschland e.V. (Research Association Battery & Electrochemistry North Germany). The association wants to contribute substantially to the aim of the National Electromobility Development Plan of the Federal Government. Germany is supposed to become the lead supplier and the leading market for electromobility and to take the leading role in science as well as in the automotive and supplier industry in order to stand its ground in international competition.

Facts and figures concerning the BLB:

- Start of construction (ground breaking): Spring 2014

- Investments: In total about nine million euros,
thereof ERDF-project of the state of Lower Saxony: four million euros as well as own funds and other third-party funds

- Building owner and investor: TU Braunschweig
- Operator of the research institution: 7 institutes of the TU Braunschweig and the
- National Metrology Institute of Germany
- Main useable area: about 900 square meters
- Drying room: about 160 square meters

- Workplaces for 52 employees

Contact:

Jens Geißmann
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Battery LabFactory Braunschweig
Executive Manager Organisation & Communication
Langer Kamp 8, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 531 391 946 58
E-mail: j.geissmann@tu-braunschweig.de

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.tu-braunschweig.de/forschung/zentren/nff/batterylabfactory
http://idw-online.de/de/news633600 - Press release in German

Dr. Elisabeth Hoffmann | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht Researchers pave the way for ionotronic nanodevices
23.02.2017 | Aalto University

nachricht Microhotplates for a smart gas sensor
22.02.2017 | Toyohashi University of Technology

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

24.02.2017 | Trade Fair News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>