Research

The lithium-ion battery is currently the most important type of battery among the rechargeable high-performance batteries. While small lithium-ion batteries are already being used commercially in consumer electronics, electrical tools, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars, the commercial use of larger energy storage units is still in its early stages. The maximum storage capacity of conventional lithium-ion batteries has, however, nearly been reached. In order to achieve advances in performance, it is therefore necessary to press ahead with the development of new storage material and approaches. New electrochemical pairings and new ideas for an even more compact design are needed to achieve another significant jump in energy density.

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4.04.2020


BATTERY2030+: Roadmap for battery research in Europe

In order to develop future batteries, partners from science and industry from all over Europe have launched the BATTERY 2030+ research initiative. A roadmap specifies the milestones: a platform for material development using artificial intelligence (AI), networked sensors and self-healing technology for batteries as well as sustainable manufacturing and recycling processes. Via the research platform CELEST, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the University of Ulm and the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) are involved in the consortium.


9.10.2019


Freshly chosen Nobel Prize winner at ABAA12 in Ulm

M. Stanley Whittingham, John B. Goodenough, and Akira Yoshino receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their invention of the lithium-ion battery. M. Stanley Whittingham was at the ABAA 12 (Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automobile Applications) conference in Ulm when the news of the award went around the world.

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