MEET Battery Research Center is part of a wide-ranging national and international cooperation network which aims to develop sustainable batteries of the future. One important component is our intensive collaboration not only with leading experts in the field of battery research, but also with other scientific institutes in Germany, Europe and worldwide. The interdisciplinary network is augmented by our collaboration with industry and with small and medium-sized enterprises.
Within the MEET Battery Research Center, and embedded in the scientific network of the University of Münster, there is a strong, interdisciplinary, international team of natural scientists and engineers all working together. Our work links over ten disciplines with researchers and industrial companies in 25 countries.
Cooperation for Innovation and Electromobility:
Focus on electrolyte research: Helmholtz Institute Münster HI MS
Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) carries out research into new battery technologies on the basis of innovative electrolytes. The Institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association and pools the competences of three partners: Jülich Research Centre, RWTH Aachen and MEET Battery Research Centre at the University of Münster. Researchers benefit from excellent research infrastructure at the three sites. HI MS enjoys international prestige in the fields of materials research (Jülich Research Centre), lithium(-ion) batteries (MEET), and large-size cells and anion-conductive ceramics (RWTH Aachen). The researchers are jointly engaged in investigating how electricity, once generated, can be stored inexpensively, long-term, in large quantities and in the smallest possible space. Further information can be found on the website of Helmholtz Institute Münster.
EU research initiative Battery 2030+
“Battery 2030+”, an initiative started by the European Commission, brings together leading researchers and companies from all over Europe. The aim of “Battery 2030+” is to develop ultra-modern batteries for European industry in the future.
The partners involved, from nine European countries, are aiming to strengthen Europe’s position in the competition to develop batteries of the future.
Three strategic focuses in battery research
“Battery 2030+” focuses on three main issues:
using artificial intelligence to speed up the search for new battery materials,
using networked sensors and self-healing technologies to slow down the ageing process in batteries, and
developing sustainable methods of production and recycling.
The core group of “Battery 2030+” consists of five universities across Europe, eight research centres, three industrial associations and one company. In Germany those involved are, in addition to the University of Münster with the MEET Battery Research Center, the Forschungszentrum Jülich with the Helmholtz Institute Münster, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW).
Further information on the research initiative and all partners involved can be found on the initiative’s website.
Electromobility in NRW
ElektroMobilität NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) is the first point of contact for local government, companies, anyone involved in research and development, and members of the public, for all questions relating to efficient, climate-friendly mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia. The aim of the initiative is to significantly increase the share of electric vehicles in passenger and commercial transport and, to this end, it brings together in one place all the activities in the field of electromobility in NRW. Set up in 2008 by the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs, the ElektroMobilität NRW centre of competence and the Energie-Agentur.NRW are among the collaborative partners.
As the urgently needed turnaround in the energy and transport sectors cannot be separated from successful developments of sustainable batteries, ElektroMobilität NRW works very closely with the MEET Battery Research Centre. Twice a year, for example, they jointly organize the MEET Academy, where information is provided on current issues in the battery world and where, in particular, SMEs have an opportunity to join in exchanges of ideas between people involved in research and in practical applications.
In addition to providing comprehensive information, ElektroMobilität NRW also offers advice on funding programmes at both regional state and national levels. The initiative supports local government and companies is developing and implementing strategies for increasing electromobility. One example is the electrification of vehicle fleets. It also draws up recommendations for action for the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. One of the things it also did was to produce the master plans for electromobility in NRW in 2009 and 2014. ElektroMobilität NRW receives funding from the EU’s European Fund for Regional Development. All of ElektroMobilität NRW’s work and services are provided free of charge. Further information can be found on the ElektroMobilität NRW website.
Advisory Board Battery Research Germany
The Advisory Board Battery Research Germany advises the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on strategic research planning on electrochemical energy storage systems independent of applications. More than 30 high-ranking representatives from industrial companies and research institutions along the value-added chains of batteries are represented on the board - including Prof. Dr. Martin Winter, scientific director of MEET Battery Research Center and Helmholtz Institute Münster.
Research Fab Battery Cells
MEET Battery Research Center at the University of Münster is involved in the unique German Fraunhofer Research Fab Battery Cells together with Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology (IPT) and other institutions within the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, and RWTH Aachen. Located in Münster the FFB is set up as a new unit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT.
The Research Fab for Battery Cells, which is being set up in Münster, is designed to be a European lighthouse project for battery cell production and to bridge the gap between research and serial production, which is urgently needed.
Our strength lies in cooperation – and this is equally true for collaboration within the University of Münster. The Battery Research Center benefits from the long years of experience which the University has in materials science and materials analytics, and it also cooperates closely with numerous collaborative partners within the University such as the Department of Information Systems, the Institute of Materials Physics, numerous institutes at the Department or Chemistry and Pharmacy, and the Center for Nanotechnology. At the University of Münster, training for the next generation of highly qualified battery researchers will be interdisciplinary in nature and will cross the boundaries between institutions and departments. In addition, we are involved in collaborations with other universities, for example in the Center of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research.