Scientists in Germany have launched what they say is the country’s largest study to date of electrochemical storage systems.
The Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (Celest) will focus on lithium-ion batteries, post-lithium technologies, fuel cells, and redox-flow batteries to “accelerate research, academic education, development, and technology transfer”.
The Karslruhe Institute of Technology (Kit), Ulm University and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) have established Celest.
The project’s partners said “Celest combines application-oriented basic research with close-to-practice development and innovative production technologies”.
Professor Oliver Kraft, Kit’s vice-president for research, said: “As scientists, we want to make major contributions to climate protection and the energy transition.”
“With Celest, we have established the largest German research platform in the area of electrochemical energy storage,” Kraft said. “Knowledge-oriented research as well as the development and manufacture of batteries and fuel cells in Baden-Württemberg will become more powerful and visible.”
The project’s partners said that in addition to collaborating with industry to commercialise new technologies, they will establish an “electrochemical energy storage graduate school” this autumn to nurture the next-generation of industry experts.