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| Elektrotechnik & Elektronik

Thanks to Thuringian technology: long live the battery!

Thuringia has long been one of the most innovative locations for battery technology in Europe. As the world moves towards optimized e-mobility, Thuringia is laying the foundation for the storage solutions of the future.

The world market leader for battery production, Contemporary Amperex Technoloy Co. Ltd (CATL), has had a production site in Arnstadt, Thuringia, for around a year now. Together with the nearby Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC), a site of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), the company is developing models for calculating the service life of batteries. The activities are based on Germany’s first-ever battery service life development model at the site, just as the collaboration between CATL and BITC/IKTS is the first of its kind in Germany. The previous collaboration between CATL and IKTS called “BattLife” is now being expanded as part of the new “BattForce” project: The test center operated by the partners will be expanded and operated with new technology. The benefits are legion. After all, a lot depends on increasing the service life of the storage systems – a decisive criterion for optimizing production and maintenance processes and the use of resources. (hw)

Sino-German cooperation continues.

Sino-German cooperation continues. Celebrating the launch of BattForce project (from left): Dr. Arnulf Wulff (LEG Thüringen), Dr. Roland Weidl (Head of BITC, Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IKTS), Zhang Junhui (Envoy of the Chinese Embassy), Jason Chen (Managing Director CATL Europe), Prof. Alexander Michaelis (Director Fraunhofer IKTS), Wolfgang Tiefensee (Thuringian Minister of Economics), Matthias Zentgraf (Member of the Supervisory Board CATL), Xue Yang-Xian (BattForce engineer). Photo: CATL / Paul-Philipp Braun