Germany centre breaks ground on new lithium-ion research facility

29 May 2013 18:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW) on Wednesday broke ground on a new lithium-ion cells research facility in Ulm, near Stuttgart.

ZSW is building the facility to research processes and materials that raise the safety and quality of lithium-ion batteries while reducing their costs. The objective is to help establish a viable cell and battery industry in Germany, it said.

The project is supported by Rockwood Lithium, SGL Carbon, carmakers Daimler and BMW, and German engineering firms Elring Klinger and Manz, among others.

The firms signed a memorandum of understanding on the shared use of the facility, which is expected to become operational in 2015.

Germany’s federal education and research ministry is contributing €23.5m ($30.1m) to help fund research equipment for the facility.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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