A new facility for manufacturing and testing battery cells has been opened in Aachen, Germany, by FEV, a vehicle developer and sustainable mobility solutions provider specialized in the development of battery systems and their components.
The laboratory will focus on analysis and benchmarking of battery cells regarding performance, lifetime and safety behavior. Operations at the new laboratory will begin at the end of 2023.
“The cell is a key component for the performance of battery systems and thus crucial for the success of electric vehicles and applications,” said Dr Michael Stapelbroek, vice president of electric powertrain at FEV. “That´s why it is of great importance to understand the composition and behavior of the wide variety of battery cells in detail.”
Through cell disassembly and analysis, production of prototype cells, safety tests as well as in-depth material analysis, it will be possible to perform a detailed evaluation of the battery cells at the Aachen site. This will include performance, service life, safety behavior, internal structure and material composition for battery system design, cell design and cell simulation.
According to FEV, this range of competencies and the related advancement of the cell database can considerably accelerate and secure the development process of battery systems. Fe states that the new lab will also extend the existing competencies of FEV’s battery cell test benches in Munich and France, which are focused on electrical cell characterization.
“The completion of our new battery cell laboratory in Aachen once more underlines FEV’s innovative strength and leading position in the field of electromobility and battery systems, including cell development,” said Stapelbroek.