thyssenkrupp and partners launch collaborative project for better lithium-ion batteries

Lower costs could make li-ion technology more attractive for other applications, such as home storage systems
Lower costs could make li-ion technology more attractive for other applications, such as home storage systems

High cost of battery cells continues to be a major stumbling block to improving the cost-efficiency and popularity of e-mobility. Roughly a third of battery production costs are currently accounted for by the final step in the manufacturing process – the application of the initial charge, known as ‘formation’.

Under the collaborative project “EffiForm - Efficient formation strategies for increased durability, reliability and safety as well as cost reduction in the production of lithium-ion cells/batteries” launched in early 2016, thyssenkrupp System Engineering and their partners study the formation process in detail.


Formation is key to the performance of battery cells

The aim is to optimize the material, process and systems technologies used in the initial charging of lithium-ion cells for industrial applications. Formation is key to the performance, durability and safety of battery cells.

The partners of the project are VARTA Microbattery GmbH, BMW Group, Scienlab electronic systems GmbH, Fraunhofer IKTS, the Technical University of Munich and the MEET battery research center of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

The “EffiForm” project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of its program “Battery 2020 – battery materials for future electro-mobile and stationary applications”.


Production costs of li-ion battery systems to be reduced

Over the three-year project period, thyssenkrupp as a supplier of formation systems will focus on creating the basis for efficient and innovative industrial-scale formation. This will be a key step in translating the project findings into cutting-edge formation systems for the mass production of lithium-ion cells, the company notes.

The aim is to reduce the production costs of li-ion battery systems and support the spread of e-mobility. Lower costs could also make li-ion technology attractive for other applications, such as home storage systems, thyssenkrupp emphasizes.

2016-08-16 | Courtesy: thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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