German car manufacturers in particular need their own battery cell production. Under the leadership of TerraE-Holding, the 18-month Fab4Lib project will look for innovative lithium-ion technology solutions and validate them in demonstrators. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is contributing promotional funding of € 5.5 million to the total cost of € 12.1 million. In addition to universities and big companies such as Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, the consortium also includes innovators such as Litarion (Kamenz) and Custom Cells Itzehoe .
The project’s strategic objective is to pool all the required competencies “from raw material to recycling” and to bring together the respective specialists. The BMBF hopes this will yield a “competitive value-added chain of significant size”. A profitable production unit with a capacity of 6 GWh per year should result by the end of the project. In the future, the modular unit will be set up where the respective capacity is needed.