Conerstone laid for manufacturing large lithium-ion batteries in Germany: ElringKlinger participates as an industrial partner

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ElringKlinger AG takes part in the user group of the new research production facility for lithium-ion cells located at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Ulm. A corresponding memorandum of understanding regarding the shared use of the future research production line was signed today among several companies belonging to the Lithium-Ion Battery Industrial Alliance Competence Network (KLiB) and the ZSW. In the course of laying the cornerstone for the research building in which the new battery production facility will be established, the representatives of the companies present signed the declaration for the future use of the line. Next to ElringKlinger, signatories included BMW, Daimler, SGL Carbon, Manz, and Rockwood Lithium, among others.

The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Ulm will construct a new battery production facility to conduct research on manufacturing processes, which will be the first facility to allow for an investigation into the influencing factors which could minimize the manufacturing costs of batteries in the production process. The objective is to raise the safety and quality of lithium-ion batteries and to reduce the costs in order to establish an efficient cell and battery industry in Germany. The rechargeable batteries are also expected to be used for storing solar power. The facility will be completed in 2015. Research equipment for the facility will be funded with EUR 23.5 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

In the future, close-to-production processes will be developed at the facility for the production of large prismatic cells having a capacity of more than 20 ampere hours. New materials and components can be tested in an industry-relevant environment.

ElringKlinger is already a development partner in the Lithium-Ion Battery Industrial Alliance Competence Network (KLiB) in which companies coming from various industries prepare the manufacturing of standardized, large lithium-ion batteries and which had helped initiate the efforts to construct a facility for conducting research on production methods.

Expansion of the E-Mobility product portfolio

ElringKlinger has expanded its electromobility product program and in the future it will also contribute to the production of lithium-ion cells by providing new types of cell casings. These include cover and integrated PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) seals and stand out due to their particularly low-loss power transmission.

The automotive supplier is already developing and producing ultra-high-performance cell contact systems for lithium-ion batteries to be used not only in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) but also in purely electric-powered automobiles (BEV). For one European automotive manufacturer, ElringKlinger is carrying out series production of cell connectors used in battery stacks for hybrid applications. For two additional OEMs, the Company will soon start series production of cell contact systems.

The ElringKlinger Group now employs nearly 100 staff in the E-Mobility division. Sales in this division rose 46.7% in fiscal year 2012 to EUR 6.6 (4.5) million.
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