Mobile energy storage and electrochemistry

Department

The Fraunhofer IKTS competences in electrochemistry and mobile electrochemical storage are combined in this department.

Its activities include the development of a large variety of electrochemical methods for the deposition of functional layers, the investigation of corrosion processes, and electrochemical machining (ECM). Electrochemical energy storage is one major application; others include microelectronics, photovoltaics, etc.

Lithium-ion technology is the primary focus in the development of mobile energy storage solutions. The manufacturing of such batteries requires new processes and an understanding of the value chain. The Battery Technology Application Center is able to cover the complete value chain for energy storage devices, including the development, manufacture and production of energy storage devices, in cooperation with IKTS working groups focused on materials engineering and technology. One focus is the description of the operational, error and long-term behavior of batteries.

The department develops new concepts, manufacturing processes and characterization methods for bipolar batteries (EMBATT) and new Li-ion battery generations.

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EMBATT - The automotive battery of the future

Core competences

 

  • Electrochemical characterization of supercapacitors and batteries
  • Development of electrochemical processes (such as anodizing, electroplating, electrochemical machining and sensor systems)
  • Process and material development for Li-ion batteries – from lab to fab

Services offered

 

  • Experimental and theoretical work on the development of electrochemical processes (electrochemical machining, deposition of functional layers)
  • Analysis of corrosion resistance and wear resistance
  • Electrochemical characterization of battery materials and components
  • Development, manufacture and analysis of battery electrodes
  • Development, technological assessment and consulting on cell concepts
  • Upscaling of lab processes and technology transfer
  • Post-mortem analysis of battery cells
  • Feasibility studies and consulting in the fields of process development and scaling