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to battery systems and safety tests, with a broad spectrum of is-
sues concerning energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors
[ZSW 2011a)]. At the ZSW, the new research and development lab
„eLaB“ was opened in the fall of 2011. The eLab, subsidized with
state and federal funds, should strengthen the establishment of a
regional battery industry and close the gaps in the value-creati-
on chain. Building on these efforts, starting in 2011, with funding
through the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
and through the state of Baden-Württemberg, a pilot production
facility for lithium-ion batteries will be established in Ulm [BMBF
(2011a)]. In addition to collaboration in the innovation alliance „Li-
thium Ion Battery LIB 2015“ [LIB2015 (2011)], the ZSW is also parti-
cipating in the „Elektrochemie Kompetenz-VerbundSüd“ program
with other research institutes from Baden-Württemberg, such as
the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the University of Ulm,
the Max Planck Institute for Solid Body Research and the German
Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart. In the „Kompetenznetzwerk
Lithium-Ionen-Batterie (KLiB)“ program that is coordinated by the
ZSW, currently 29 companies and research institutes have come
together from along the entire value creation chain for lithium-ion
batteries.
»Almost all the manufacturers of production systems for lithium-
ion batteries are headquartered in Baden-Württemberg and thus
are dealing with the critical key topic for the manufacturing of
batteries in Germany. These are primarily medium-sized compa-
nies that have experience in plant engineering, who are active
worldwide, and thus make Baden-Württemberg strong.«
Dr. Werner Tillmetz, Member of the Management Board – Electroche-
mical Storage Technologies, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen
Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)
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Fig. 39: A selection of participants in the battery-technology sector
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