The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is to work with the Technical University of Braunschweig, in northern Germany, on a joint research programme into applications for batteries in the automotive and aviation sectors.
A DLR spokesperson told BBB the “initial strong focus” of research would be on lithium-ion technology— but that both partners are already studying lithium sulfur batteries and this would “contribute” to their joint work.
However, the spokesperson said other commercial uses for batteries— such as in the energy storage sector— would not be ruled out.
Research will also “contribute to the European Union’s initiative on battery cell production”, the spokesperson said.
A pilot plant for the production of “new materials” will also be launched to support the research at a site that is yet to be named.
The DLR spokesperson told BBB: “The detailed planning of the pilot plant is not yet completed but the preferred location is Braunschweig.”