The Center for Digitalized Battery Cell Manufacturing (ZDB) was established as part of a first funding phase and is now set to be extended with new topics. Research is being conducted into how the production of lithium-ion battery cells can be optimized technically and economically through digitalization. The complementary topics include the manufacture of solid-state batteries and processes for closed-loop recycling. The main processes for manufacturing electrode materials and assembling round cells have been implemented technologically. The digitalization and connection of the processes on a cloud platform has created a unique infrastructure in the research landscape that allows the researching and solving of current and future production engineering challenges. The research findings are expected to help lower the hurdles for a transfer to industrial series production.
Current and planned research and development focus areas: