The optimization of existing technologies, the development of innovative concepts and emerging business models lead to a high dynamic market, which is a big challenge for companies as well as an opportunity to open up new business fields. However, the steadily increasing energy densities of the systems pose risks in production, storage and operation, which lead to a great need for innovations in the field of safety that is not easy to cope with especially for small and medium-sized companies. In addition to necessary investments in modern experimental and battery measurement technology, the cooperation of companies from various disciplines is required.
This is where the project "SENSE BAY - Safe Energy Storages Bavaria" comes in. An adaptation of the battery testing options targeted at specific groups at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) on the one hand and the promotion of networking of science and industry on the other hand allows the development of cooperations to generate new business ideas and thus the development of a leading bavarian position in research and technological development in the field of electrochemical energy storages.
Project implementation and goals
The following measures allow the establishment of a competence region for safe energy storages:
The high demand for battery-testing options for the development of safe and powerful energy storages is addressed by strengthening the research field "Safe Electromobility" at THI. The possibilities of advanced, modern test and battery measurement technology, such as test stands, equipment for test recording and ion chromatography for analyzing emerging pollutants, including appropriate staff will especially stimulate the development activities of SME partners and other stakeholders together with increased technology transfer between science and industry. Battery tests at cell or system level that increase the safety of electrochemical energy storages and their components are performed with the aim of developing innovative products and services in the project-funded region.
At a higher level, a network of cooperation partners is going to be set up to provide SMEs with an exciting platform for exchange. SMEs covering a wide range of electrochemical energy storage sectors are involved, such as development service providers, manufacturers of electrochemical workstations, engineering offices, providers of power supply systems, research service providers and recycling management consultants.
The cooperation of all partners in "SENSE BAY" takes place via semi-annual, open network meetings. These meetings will be expanded to a congress "KONSENSE - Safe Energy Storages Bavaria" at the halfway point and end of the project, that will provide information about lectures, exhibitions and thematic workshops to general public. Moreover, participation in events (expert conferences, publications, lectures) is planned as well as a comprehensive digital appearance together with print media.
For efficient cooperation, innovation clusters were formed on the following topics:
- Battery development