RWTH Aachen University: Creating the basis for sustainable electromobility

The cluster funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has now started with a digital kick-off greenBatt . The cluster’s mission is to close raw material cycles within the battery life cycle and thus create the basis for sustainable electromobility. In close collaboration with industry, researchers from a total of 34 institutes at German universities and research facilities work together in “greenBatt” on the development, design and application of innovative technologies, methods and tools for an energy- and material-efficient battery life cycle and closed material and material cycles.

The research includes both battery recycling processes and resynthesis processes to enable the reclaimed materials to be used in production. In addition, the availability and quality of data for the development of multidisciplinary life cycle models and tools are to be increased and recommendations for action are to be made.

Together with the “BattUse” competence cluster, “greenBatt” forms the battery life cycle cross-cutting initiative within the framework of the BMBF’s umbrella concept for battery research. “GreenBatt” is funded with around 30 million euros. The competence cluster is coordinated by Professor Christoph Herrmann (TU Braunschweig, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST), Professor Alexander Michaelis (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS) and Professor Bernd Friedrich (RWTH Aachen, Institute for Metallurgical Process Technology and Metal recycling IME).