The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) and Germany’s Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the scale-up of battery technology.
The MoU sets out plans for both organisations to collaborate more closely together, and could pave the way for joint pan-European projects to accelerate battery development.
The organisations’ common goal to provide innovations for efficient and sustainable battery cell production for European industry will form the basis for future collaboration.
The MoU was signed during a visit to the battery manufacturing development facility in Coventry, UK by senior leaders from the Fraunhofer FFB.
The MoU is a first step in assessing the potential for the two international groups to co-operate and work more closely together.
Areas of potential mutual co-operation include joint participation in European research and development of consortia and strategically important projects, the development of a European battery technology roadmap, sharing best practice and experience of cell production, and championing of innovation and technology in battery cell production.
German battery institute
The Fraunhofer FFB is due to be opened in Münster, Germany.
Since January 2022, Fraunhofer Fab Battery Cells has been an independent research institution under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
Fraunhofer FFB was originally established in Münster as an institute branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT as part of the FoFeBat project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Fraunhofer FFB aims to accelerate the innovation and commercialization processes of production technologies for existing and future cell formats and thus enable the more efficient, cost-effective production of premium-quality battery technologies.