The continuation of ProZell forms the framework for the joint work of research institutions and industry to establish national battery cell production in Germany. The aim of the research cluster is to lay the scientific foundation for the establishment and sustainable further development of an internationally leading battery cell production in Germany. The accompanying project eKoZell as a follow-up project of EMKoZell comprises work packages on management, scientific evaluation and results controlling as well as on internal and external communication of the competence cluster. Furthermore, the transfer of results within the cluster network and to industry will be supported.
The overarching coordination of the competence cluster, the organisation of research colloquia and workshops, and regular progress monitoring are intended to strengthen the networking of individual and collaborative projects in a targeted manner. Through constant communication between the research projects and with the management circle of the cluster, in which industry is also represented, a close network within the competence cluster is to be created and maintained, and close cooperation between science and industry is to be achieved.
By expanding the existing database system, which is tailored to the needs and requirements of the cluster, a structured pooling of knowledge and the utilization of the research results of the competence cluster should be achieved. In this system, the data collected in the cluster and the empirical and/or analytical models derived from them are to be made accessible to the research institutions in the cluster as process quality property functions and process cost functions. The database system is an essential part of the overall exploitation of the research results of the competence cluster battery cell production and forms the basis for future initiatives together with industry along the value chain “battery” in Germany.
A further focus is on cost and environmental assessment. A modular tool will be developed and implemented so that the technical and economic assessment of battery cell production can be deepened and supplemented by an assessment of the environmental effects associated with battery cell production. This support tool supports the targeted engineering of battery production. Furthermore, in the first year of the project, investigations will be carried out into the performance and processability of various NCM-811 cathode materials. The results will be made available to the ProZell Cluster in order to simplify the transfer of the project results to the cathode material NCM 811.