MEET Battery Research Center and Helmholtz Institute Münster celebrate 10plus5 years
Two research institutions have made Münster a globally renowned location for battery research: ten years ago, MEET Battery Research Center of the University of Münster (WWU) was founded, five years later, the Helmholtz-Institute Münster (HI MS) of Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). Around 150 guests were greeted yesterday (18 September) at the double jubilee celebrations, including high-ranking representatives of city, state and federal politics.
The event was opened by greetings from the Mayor of Münster, Markus Lewe, the Minister for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, the Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Michael Meister of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Prof. Dr. Jens Tübke, the Head of the Applied Electrochemistry Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, head of the MEET Advisory Board and current CEO of the research fab in Münster.
Afterwards the hosts, WWU rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels and FZJ board member Prof. Dr. Harald Bolt, addressed greetings to the guests of the festivities, which were accompanied by the musical duo "West in Peace". "An example for the direct technical implementation of scientific results in a field of the future that is highly relevant for our society and an outstanding focus of our interdisciplinary research: with a high level of third-party funding, strongly networking and internationally respected", Prof. Wessels underlined the importance of battery research for Münster as a science location. In his welcoming address, Prof. Bolt emphasized: "We are looking here at an enormous success story for Münster as a research location and also for Forschungszentrum Jülich. The signs are good that this will also be continued in the coming ten years".
With his speech, MEET co-founder Dr. Gerhard Hörpel invited the guests to take a look into the future: "30 years of success story of lithium storage - How will it continue in the next decade?". No trivial question, because battery research and industry in Germany are preparing intensively for the establishment of a battery cell production that should be competitive worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Martin Winter, scientific leader of MEET and founding director of HI MS, then summed up the development of battery research in Münster. The anniversary marks a special year for battery research in Münster: "Ten years ago MEET was founded, five years later the Helmholtz-Institute and now the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is setting up research manufacture for batteries", says Prof. Winter, "I am curious to see what battery research in Münster will have in store for us after another five years".
An opportunity for nostalgia was offered to the guests, among them many long-standing cooperation partners, friends and sponsors of the research institutions, during a poster session: 17 poster walls presented highlights, milestones and also personal perspectives of MEET and HI MS employees from the last ten years. On the 2009 poster, visitors were able to find an excerpt from a newspaper report in the Westfälische Nachrichten on the founding of MEET: "When Winters calculation is right, the name of Münster will in future be associated with modern car drive technology". The review of the developments of the last ten years at the anniversary leaves no doubt: The calculation has worked out.