German Government Invests Millions in Study on Battery Cell Production
FRANKFURT, Germany – This month a consortium of 17 companies and research institutions starts R&D on processes for large-scale series production of lithium-ion battery cells. This 12.1 million euro project has received a 5.5 million euro grant from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The goal of the project is to explore innovative solutions along the value chain of lithium-ion technologies, and validate these through demonstrators. The project is led by TerraE Holding GmbH, which intends to subsequently implement the results achieved in large-scale series production in its own plants in the near future.
“With the ‘Fab4Lib’ project, the BMBF is promoting the development of battery cell production in Germany. The goal is to provide German companies access to battery cells. This is especially important for automotive and e-bike manufacturers. Batteries represent a major link in the electric vehicle supply chain,” says Thomas Rachel MdB, State Parliamentary Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Importance for e-bike manufacturers
“The production of lithium ion cells up and running as quickly as possible in Germany is of vital importance for being able to keep delivering complete battery packs to e-bike manufacturers. In particular now that the demand for ‘mobile’ products and with that for batteries is exploding,” said BMZ CEO Sven Bauer, one of the participants in the consortium TerraE, in a report by Bike Europe.
BMBF and the project partners aim to bring together expertise along the value chain – from raw materials to recycling. Consortium partners are already supplying large-scale series production technology to international customers. This joint approach combining specialists in a variety of fields is designed to create a large and competitive supply chain in Germany in order to handle the market demand for lithium-ion battery cells, which is expected to grow hugely in the near term.
The final goal of the project is to develop a competitive production plant with a production capacity of 6 GWh p.a. This unit can be expanded in a modular way whenever and wherever additional capacity is required.