Next generation batteries
LG Energy Solutions Ltd. (LGES), a renowned global battery manufacturer based in Seoul, South Korea, has taken a significant stride in the advancement of battery technologies through its "Frontier Research Laboratory Program" (FRL).
This program, dedicated to developing cutting-edge battery solutions, collaborates closely with world-leading academic institutions. The recently established partnership in Münster marks a groundbreaking development, as it is the first of its kind in Europe. Similar FRLs have already been operating successfully in the US and Korea.
From smartphones to cordless screwdrivers and pedelecs, lithium-ion batteries have become indispensable in our daily lives. Not only do they power essential devices, but they also play a crucial role in addressing climate change and driving the transition to renewable energy. Electric cars rely on these batteries, and they serve as crucial energy storage solutions for solar and wind power.
Sustainable battery revolution: Helmholtz Institute Münster, MEET and LG Energy Solution are working on a new battery generation
Now, a sustainable battery revolution is underway as the Helmholtz Institute Münster, MEET Battery Research Center, and LG Energy Solution join forces to work on the next generation of batteries. Their primary focus is on enhancing the heart of these batteries - the battery cell - by making it even more sustainable and improving its electrochemical performance. By developing and testing new production concepts for lithium-ion battery cells with customized cell chemistry on a large scale, they aim to achieve groundbreaking results.
"Münster stands as a prominent hub for battery research, boasting a global reputation and widespread recognition."
Prof. Martin Winter
Founder and scientific director MEET
Diving into Electrolyte Optimization
The scientists at the Helmholtz Institute Münster are primarily focused on electrolyte optimization. The electrolyte plays a crucial role in facilitating the transport of lithium ions between the electrodes in each battery cell. Münster is recognized as one of the prominent hubs for battery research with global recognition. With over 400 researchers, the location provides the perfect setting for fostering strong collaborations," stated Martin Winter, the founder and scientific director of MEET, and director of the Helmholtz Institute in Münsterland.
The core goals of this research alliance are two-fold. First and foremost, they aspire to bolster the energy density and extend the operational lifespan of battery cells, ultimately enhancing their overall efficiency. Secondly, their endeavor is to transform production methods, adopting environmentally friendly and sustainable approaches. This may entail integrating innovative materials or devising manufacturing techniques that are more energy-efficient.
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