The German battery cell Gigafactory starts operations
In January 2018 a consortium of 17 companies and research institutes is commencing research and development for the large-scale production of lithium-ion battery cells.14 Jan 2018 Marie-Lucine Tapyuli
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.
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