Research Network

  World map showing PEM's network Copyright: © PEM RWTH Aachen University  

The chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University operates in a strong network with numerous partners from research at national and international level. Through globally active collaborations and consistent contacts that extend beyond them, PEM's researchers continuously develop all of their disciplines – the electric motor, the battery, the fuel cell, truck electrification, and micromobility.

Partnerships with institutes and universities

In many different projects on specific issues of electric vehicle production, PEM collaborates with institutes of different disciplines throughout Germany. In addition, PEM maintains higher-level collaborations with other universities and scientific institutions on a national level – for example, with the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB in Münster, Germany – and internationally, for example, with the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and the Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. PEM also has close ties with local players such as Sonnenwagen Aachen e.V.

Working together in various research clusters

With numerous projects and partnerships, PEM is also involved in several research clusters funded by the German government. These include "Battery Utilisation Concepts" (BattNutzung), "Recycling & Green Battery" (greenBatt), "Intelligent Battery Cell Production" (InZePro), and "Battery Cell Production" (ProZell). Furthermore, PEM is involved in the hydrogen network of the Aachen region (Hydrogen Hub) and in the "Future Cluster Hydrogen".

  Graphic of the Fraunhofer research institution FFB in Münster Copyright: © Artur Krause/ARTVISU

Technology development for battery cell production research

Since the earliest stage of Fraunhofer research institution FFB, PEM has been involved in the implementation of the FoFeBat research project in the form of strategy and technology development as well as building and production planning. In parallel, PEM provides support in communication with current and future industrial partners. The innovative concept of the Fraunhofer FFB is reflected in the novel collaboration of its numerous partners. In this context, 14 Fraunhofer institutes are cooperating with the PEM chair of RWTH, with the Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) of the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster, and with the Forschungszentrum Jülich. The contents of the partnership include the planning of future testing and production lines as well as the cell formats to be developed.

PEM also maintains a strong industry network and is always open to new ideas and partnerships. An exchange with the RWTH chair is therefore always welcome.