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12-10-2018 | Electro Mobility | News | Article

New Project Researches Development of Solid-State Batteries

Patrick Schäfer

The new "FestBatt" competence cluster is conducting research on the development of the next generation of batteries. The solid-state battery could enable safe and long-range electric mobility.

Fourteen scientific institutions, including Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and other universities, form part of the "FestBatt" competence cluster, which is led by Justus Liebig University of Giessen (JLU). Alongside basic research on the functionality of solid-state batteries, FestBatt plans also to develop functional prototypes.

Compared to established lithium-ion batteries, which have liquid electrolytes on their inside, solid-state batteries are based on electrolytes made of solid materials. "These solid-state batteries are fireproof and could enable both larger storage capacities and faster charging processes in future", says Professor Helmut Ehrenberg from the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) at KIT. "FestBatt" consists overall of five joint projects: three material platforms and two method platforms.

"FestBatt" is researching into solid-state batteries

The competence cluster researches mainly into the materials required. The scientists hope to compile theories and data on solid-state batteries to better understand and optimise the processes inside solid-state batteries. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this research project with 16 million euros over six years.

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