The development of novel cell systems is taking place at a rapid pace. Today, it has no longer been a matter of MERELY optimizing existing systems with regard to one key performance parameter. New approaches are constantly being tried out, which place very high demands on the individual cell components, especially the electrolyte. In most cases, new cell types and cell chemistries no longer work with the state of the art electrolyte solutions. Even with an incremental optimization of the electrolyte, completely new approaches quickly reach their limits. In order to be able to offer a solution for our customers in these cases as well, we conduct extensive R&D activities within the framework of highly innovative research projects. These projects focus to replace the status quo with radical electrolyte approaches. Further, they help us to understand error and beneficial mechanisms in detail so that we can speed up our customer-specific electrolyte development process. In addition, they allow us to reduce the use of toxic electrolyte components or the CO2 footprint in electrolyte production of upcoming formulations.
Current research projects
RoSiLib - nanoporous silicon by rapid solidification
The efforts towards a CO2-neutral energy supply require a change in the mobility from fossil to electrochemical energy sources. This process, which has already begun, requires further support through the improvement of lithium-ion batteries in terms of costs, raw materials and energy efficiency.
EXIST II - Research Transfer
After successful completion of the first funding phase of EXIST I Research Transfer, follow-up funding is now being provided within the framework of EXIST II. In the second funding phase, the focus is on further development work, the start of business operations and preparations for external corporate financing.more information
CAESAR - Development of high-energy lithium-ion battery cells for mobile applications
The main objective of the project is the development of new high-energy lithium-ion cells based on high-capacity anode and cathode materials along the entire value chain from material development to the validation of prototypes for mobile, industrial applications such as in the forestry and garden power tool segment, as well as the assessment of the application potential for stationary energy storage.more information
SUPREME - Supercapacitor development towards effective materials with increased energy density
The aim of the project is to develop innovative ultracapacitors (EDLCs) which enable high operating voltages of up to 3.4 V at simultaneously high temperatures (>60 °C). In the sub-project ‘Material characterisation and digital methods’ of Fraunhofer IFAM, the experimental characterisation of novel materials for EDLCs and the application of computer-aided methods for material simulation and data analysis are carried out.more information