At its premiere as an online event, the MEET Academy attracted the interest of a multitude of listeners: More than 120 participants from all over Germany informed themselves about the Research Fab Battery Cells (FFB) and its potential for small and medium-sized companies. The presentations and the discussion panel focused on the various cooperation opportunities that the FFB, as a new branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, offers companies along the entire value-added cycle of the battery.
Strong Cooperation for Battery "Made in Germany”
Dr. Florian Degen, Head of Strategy & Corporate Development, Research Fab Battery Cells, at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, opened the MEET Academy Online by talking about how industry can be integrated into the FFB as Europe's beacon of battery production. In addition to bilateral research and development projects, he cited consortium studies, workshops and working groups, programme research and educational programmes as examples of possible cooperation to jointly develop battery cells "Made in Germany".
Leopold König, Managing Director of CUSTOMCELLS® Itzehoe GmbH, then examined the practical view. König addressed the question: With Fraunhofer cooperation to entrepreneurial success: Can the CUSTOMCELLS® - Fraunhofer ISIT cooperation concept serve as a model for the Research Fab Battery Cells? In cooperation with other German producers of lithium-ion cells and battery systems, CUSTOMCELLS® forms a cell industry consortium which supports the FFB in the development phase and assists in defining its industrial orientation.
In the discussion panel, speakers and participants from science and practice explored the question how small and medium-sized companies can participate in the construction of the FFB. Furthermore, the future production processes were discussed in detail.
Save the Date: Next MEET Academy on 27 May 2021
Interested parties can already highlight 27 May 2021 in their calendar: On this day the 16th MEET Academy will take place – again as an online event. The topic will be announced soon.