How will battery technologies and markets evolve in the future?

Research questions

  • How will regional and global markets develop along the battery value chain? Which business models and potentials result for the actors involved from material production to recycling?
  • How could established and alternative battery technologies evolve in the future and what requirements play a role on the application side? What are the implications for costs, performance, fields of application and resource consumption?
  • How can the battery’s ecological footprint be reduced along the value chain (from raw material extraction to recycling)? (also with regard to sustainability)
  • Which research issues have to be solved in the coming years to successfully establish battery-electric applications? How can the results of science and research be successfully transferred to industry?
  • What demand for skilled workers will there be along the battery value chain? Which education/training offers can contribute to meeting this demand (also with regard to the effects on jobs)?


Research Fab Battery Cells Germany

As a development center, the Research Fab Battery Cells is intended to promote the production of large-format Li-ion battery cells by researching and qualifying innovative production processes, and to close the existing gap between battery research and industrial production through digitalization approaches. It aims to accelerate the innovation and commercialization processes of production technologies for current and future battery formats, reduce risks when bringing new types of cell formats and production technologies to mass production, and create competitive advantages for industrial battery producers.

BEMA2020: Accompanying research on battery materials for future mobile and stationary applications (Batterie 2020)

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting research on new kinds of battery technologies with different funding measures. The aim is to develop and expand the scientific and industrial basis of battery research to advance Germany towards becoming a lead supplier of key technologies for e-mobility. The aim of the BMBF funding program “Batterie 2020” is to consider material and process developments in a systemic context and to significantly improve battery properties such as energy density, power density, lifespan, safety, aging and costs.

Perspectives for carbon-neutral battery production in Germany

Many aspects are important to realize more sustainable battery production, from extracting the raw materials through to closed-loop recycling. The focus of this project is on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions produced when manufacturing batteries. Various measures are identified and classified within this project that decrease the greenhouse emissions, especially CO2, in battery cell production.

Further projects

  • BetterBat – Assessment of the Technical and Systemic Fit of Battery Technologies for Battery-Relevant Applications
  • Quantification of the material and value flows as well as employment effects and investments for European battery recycling