Research focus "Battery research"
Embedded in the scientific network of University of Münster, a strong international team from the natural and engineering sciences cooperates under the aegis of the MEET (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology) Battery Research Center. Founded in 2009, the central scientific institution is one of the leading German battery research centres and is a driving force in top international research.
The aim of the interdisciplinary battery research at WWU is to develop and to optimize the battery cell for use in electromobility and stationary energy storage systems – an essential requirement for the urgently needed energy and mobility transition and an important bridge between basic scientific research and industrial application. Research and development is focusing on the lithium-ion technology, which dominates the market, but also on conceivably better and cheaper alternatives.
From comprehensive analysis, new and advanced materials, over production research to the recycling of battery cells, MEET pursues a holistic research approach. The work is characterised by a close interdisciplinary exchange and a strong cooperation network worldwide. Continuous knowledge transfer contributes to further increase the competitiveness of the industrial partners regionally and nationally.
Strength through cooperation
In June 2014, the Helmholtz Institute "Ionics in Energy Storage" (HI MS) of Forschungszentrum Jülich was established in the direct vicinity of MEET. Through MEET, WWU is also involved in the Fraunhofer “Research Fab Battery Cell Production”. In the unique German institution, scientists are working on the prerequisites for battery cells "made in Germany" to be produced in large series.
Strength through cooperation also applies to internal WWU cooperation: The Battery Research Center benefits from WWU's many years of experience in materials science and materials analysis. Further, it works closely with numerous internal WWU cooperation partners, such as the Department of Information Systems, the Institute of Materials Physics the faculty of chemistry and pharmacy or the Centre for Nanotechnology. Interdisciplinary and across institutions and departments, the next generation of highly qualified battery researchers is being educated at WWU.