Over the next four to six years, experts reckon on a market potential of up to three to six billion Euros for the new energy storage technology which is currently being developed during the project “FastStorageBW”. Under the management of Fraunhofer IPA, companies and research institutions in Baden-Wuerttemberg are collaborating in this project on an energy storage system which combines the advantages of batteries and capacitors. Phase Two of “FastStorageBW” started at the beginning of 2015 and will run for a period of three years. The Bundesland of Baden-Wuerttemberg is funding the project to the tune of 25 million Euros.
The aim of the EU project “ELIBAmA” was not only to make the manufacture of lithium ion cells cheaper but also to make it more environmentally friendly along the entire length of the value chain. Cell assembly, electrolyte production and electrode coating processes, as well as recycling strategies, were developed and improved in the course of the project. The joint European project involving 17 research and industrial partners from five different countries ran for three years and finished at the end of 2014. Read more:
The aim of the research project “SynErgie”, which started in September 2016, is to supply industry mostly with renewable energy, thus putting the new energy policy into practice. Energy from renewable sources is not always available when it’s needed. For example, solar, wind and hydroelectric plants produce varying quantities of electricity depending on the time of year and weather conditions.
In the project, experts are investigating ways for companies to design their processes and business organization so that they can flexibly adapt their electricity consumption in response to the fluctuating energy supply available. Fraunhofer IPA is therefore developing new concepts that will enable energy consumers to be operated flexibly. Comprehensive analyses are being conducted on industrial use cases to determine the potential to make energy consumption more flexible. In collaboration with renowned industrial partners, a range of flexibility measures are being derived.
If a factory is to be operated with flexible energy consumption, information on flexibility must be seamlessly communicated in a discrete time domain from the machine right through to the energy market. To achieve this, Fraunhofer IPA is developing a specific IT platform capable of modeling the interfaces between companies and the energy market. In each case, the most important constraints such as delivery deadlines and acceptable working hours are taken into consideration.