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ECCAP Symposium
Large EC Capacitor Technology & Application
Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AABC Europe 2015 - ECCAP Symposium: Large EC Capacitor Technology and Application - Session 1

Session 1 (joint session with LLIBTA):

Overview of Government-Sponsored Electrochemical Energy Storage R&D

Given the social and environmental significance of vehicle electrification and energy-storage-systems proliferation, governments around the world are funding energy-storage R&D with the aim to develop the battery systems of the future, with higher performance, longer life, and lower cost. In this session, program managers from some of the leading energy-storage R&D institutes discussed their organizations’ activities in this domain, with details provided in the follow-up Poster Session.


Martin Winter


Session Chairman:

Martin Winter, Chair, Applied Material Science for Energy Conversion and Storage, MEET Battery Research Center, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Muenster


Martin Winter is the scientific director of the MEET Battery Research Center at Muenster University. MEET stands for Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology and the director of the Helmholtz Institute Muenster (HI MS) “Ionics in Energy Storage”. Prof. Winter has been the spokesperson of the Innovation Alliance LIB 2015 of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Today he is an associate of the National Platform E-Mobility (NPE) and he is the head of the research council of the Battery Forum Germany. For his scientific achievements Martin Winter has been awarded amongst others with the Battery Technology Award of the Electrochemical Society and the Research Award as well as the Technology Award of the International Battery Materials Association and as Fellow of The Electrochemical Society.

  1. Overview of Electrochemical Energy-Storage R&D at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
    Jens Tübke, Spokesman of Fraunhofer Alliance Batteries, Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology
    The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance, consisting of 19 Fraunhofer institutes, researches in the field of electrochemical energy storage devices (batteries and super-capacitors) in order to develop technical and conceptual solutions for commercial applications. Particular consideration is given to the social, economic and ecological implications of the technology. The Battery Alliance will further develop and expand research in the field of electrochemical energy storage devices as a central business area of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The competences of the Fraunhofer Battery Alliance cover materials, systems, simulation and testing.

    The presentation will

    • give an overview about the Fraunhofer Batterie Alliance
    • summarize some R&D activities on different electrical energy storage devices, like batteries, supercaps and redox flow batteries
    • discuss some examples on actual research topics in the fields of material development, system design and simulation
    • present some production and testing facilities for cells and batteries within Fraunhofer
  2. From Materials to Industrial Production - LIB Research at ZSW
    Werner Tillmetz, Head, Electrochemical Energy Technologies, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW)
    An innovative active material alone does not make for a good battery. Interaction between the electrodes and the electrolyte determine performance and lifetime. Suitable electrodes can only be produced on the basis of the right particle morphology and selected additives. Cost and quality of the end product depend on the cell design and the quality and speed of manufacturing processes. Sophisticated durability and safety tests confirms the ability of a cell to meet the customers’ manifold needs is confirmed. ZSW has brought all these skills together at one location: the eLaB.
  3. KIT Battery Research from “Materials to Systems”
    Martin Giessler, Leader of the project “Electric Citybus Demonstrator” of “Competence E” at KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Since 1st of January 2011, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology bundles all work in the field of electric energy storage for mobile and stationary applications in the project “Competence E”.
    In Competence E, 26 institutes are working in the fields of chemistry, materials research, production and process engineering, electrical engineering, product development, vehicle systems, informatics and technological impact assessment.
    Within this publication, we will give a short overview about the projects "New Materials and Processes for Lithium Ion Cells", "Large Scale Renewable Energy Stations"  and "Safety of Home Storage Systems" and we will speak more detailed about our project for public transport "Electric City Bus".
    City busses play a major role in public transport in cities. As many cities all over the world are looking for emission free and low noise methods for public transport, electric and hybrid electric city busses have been found to be as a possible solution. This trend was identified by the research group "Competence E" at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a research and development project that aims to improve the performance of electric city busses had been initiated. At the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) 2013 we presented the developed E-City Bus demonstrator. Within this presentation we focus on:
    • the motivation for usage of electric driven busses in cities,
    • a short market analysis,
    • major steps within the development process of the E-City Bus demonstrator including:
      • Analysis of real operation of busses,
      • Simulation of vehicle behavior
    • major technical aspects of the developed E-City Bus including:
      • a system overview,
      • the modular and flexible battery concept,
      • a focus on the Battery Management System
      • and a focus on the vehicle controller of the bus.
  4. Five Years of MEET in Münster - 20 Years of Energy-Storage Experience
    Gerhard Hoerpel, Director and Co-founder, MEET Battery Research Center at Münster University
    Founded in 1780, the University of Münster is a university with a long tradition. With its wide range of research areas and excellent working conditions, as well as its intensive support for junior academics, it has a strong appeal to researchers, academics and cooperation partners. In figures: 250 courses of study, 37 000 students, 5 500 graduates every year and a staff of 5 000 including 565 professors.

    MEET (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology) is the battery research center at Münster University. It comprises an international team of around 170 scientists, engineers and technicians who are working on the research and development of innovative electrochemical energy storage devices with high energy density, longer durability and maximum safety. The aim is to improve batteries for use in electric cars and stationary energy storage systems. Various disciplines work together under the umbrella of MEET, all integrated into the scientific network offered by Münster University, to promote innovative ideas and synergies. As MEET aspires to build bridges between fundamental research and practical application, it cooperates not only with other scientific institutions, but also with partners from industry along the entire battery value chain.

    MEET is working on the improvement of the lithium-ion-battery as well as on prospective storage technologies such as lithium-metal systems and dual-ion cells. The key to effective and cheap energy storage is the material. Against this background, work at MEET focuses on the synthesis of new active and non-active materials as well as the analysis of their behavior in the battery-electrode system and the battery-cell system.

    MEET has outstanding state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories. The facilities include the modules functional material synthesis, electrode and cell production, cell testing and electrical measurement technology. Moreover, the technical center – around 1 000 square meters in size, gives the MEET scientists ideal conditions for working on the entire value chain of cell production – from the raw material to the finished cell.

  5. Overview of Energy-Storage R&D at TUM
    Andreas Jossen, Head, Institute of Electrical Energy Storage Technology, Technical University of Munich
    Within the last 5 years two new chairs in the department of Chemistry (chair of Technical Electrochemistry - TEC) and the department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (chair EES) were founded and together with existing chairs of Mechanical Engineering (Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management- iwb and Institute for Automotive Technology– FTM) the mission was to strengthen the battery competence at the TUM for electromobility and stationary applications. Since that time several multidisciplinary projects where started, mainly in the fields of Li-Ion battery production, new battery technologies, electric vehicles and stationary energy storage. In spring 2014 the Li-ion cell manufacturing plant located at the iwb was going into operation. This plant enables the TUM to manufacture coffee-bag and prismatic cells.

    As an example within the EEBatt Project we are working multidisciplinary in stationary energy storage systems. Next to the four key players there are 10 more chairs involved in the project with the target to cover all relevant topics by the TUM. As an example we have added competence from the division TUM School of Management to develop business models for energy storage systems.

    As a further example of multidisciplinary cooperation within TUM the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) is cooperating with other chairs to investigate batteries, for example in situ measurement of Li-plating.

    The presentation will describe the cooperation of the different partners, the battery research structure at the TUM and will go in more details by showing selected projects.

    • Multidisciplinary cooperation of TUM institutes within battery research
    • Center of excellence for battery cells at TUM (ExZellTUM)
    • Decentralized stationary energy storage for efficient usage of renewable energies and to improve grid stability (EEBatt)
    • TUM Create – Electromobility for megacities
    • Li-Ion cell production (iwb)
    • TUM electric car development (Visio M)
    • Further battery projects at TUM