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EU project for Carbon Neutral European Battery Cell Production


The EU Horizon project "Carbon Neutral European Battery Cell Production with Sustainable, Innovative Processes and 3D Electrod Design to Manufacture (BatWoMan) has been kicked-off.

The BatWoMan team consists of scientists of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, CIDETEC, SOVEMA GROUP S.p.A. - Member of Schuler Group and the SAUERESSIG Group.

At UDE, substantial two work packages "Process Optimization & Modelling" and "Dissemination" are located at the Chair of Energy Technology with CENIDE member Prof. Dr. Harry Hoster.

BatWoMan develops new sustainable and cost-efficient production concepts for lithium-ion battery cells, paving the way for carbon neutral cell production in the European Union. This is intended to secure Europe's leading position in sustainable battery production. The project is intended to pave the way for this. Efforts will focus on energy-efficient electrodes processed without volatile organic compounds, with slurries of high dry matter content.

An innovative concept for reducing the dry space with improved electrolyte filling is also being developed. Cost-effective and energy-efficient cell conditioning, i.e. wetting, formation and aging, is also on the project's agenda. The above technological improvements will be digitally supported by creating an AI-driven, innovative smart retooling platform that constantly monitors the sustainability and efficiency of the proposed individual production steps and develops a battery data space that provides relevant cell background data.

In this way, BatWoMan will lead to an estimated 63.5% reduction in cell production costs and 52.6% reduction in cell production energy consumption, enabling European leadership in sustainable battery production. At the Chair of Energy Engineering at UDE, activities related to process optimization and modeling, as well as science communication for this collaborative project will take place over the next three years.

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Source: Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE)