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New Helmholtz Institute strengthens Thuringia as a research location

Thuringia already holds considerable potential in battery research and production – now another innovative “building block” is being added: The new “Helmholtz Institute for Polymers in Energy Applications” (HIPOLE) is being established at the science powerhouse of Jena. In the future, this research facility will identify ways to produce stationary storage units without using rare earths or hazardous substances. HIPOLE will make valuable contributions to the energy transition by developing materials and storage technologies.

The decision by the Senate of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers (HGF) to establish the new institute will expand the Helmholtz Association’s footprint as the largest German scientific organization in Thuringia. Starting in 2028, HIPOLE will receive up to 5.5 million euros annually from the federal government (90 percent) and Thuringia (10 percent). Thuringia will also provide up to 14 million euros to cover the costs of the institute’s buildings and equipment in the start-up phase.  The state has been laying the foundations for this success story since 2014, when it established the Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry (CEEC) and thus developed deep expertise in energy storage in Jena. Researchers at HIPOLE will be combining research methods and findings in polymer chemistry, materials science and artificial intelligence (AI) with state-of-the-art analytical methods. (hw)

Polymer-based batteries and flexible solar cells as developed at the new institute.

Polymer-based batteries and flexible solar cells as developed at the new institute. Photo: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)