Digitization and More for the "Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production"

Graphic of the planned research institution for battery cell production Copyright: © ARTVISU Artur Krause

The chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University is involved in the "FoFeBat2" project with the expansion of existing battery cell formats and the digitization of production processes. The multi-stage project "FoFeBat" is part of the large-scale Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB located in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, whose setup, technology development and production planning PEM is supporting as an official partner.

Near-series battery production on a large scale

The Fraunhofer FFB, in the creation of which other renowned research institutions are involved beyond the region, is intended to provide an infrastructure with which companies and institutes can test, implement and optimize the near-series production of new batteries on a large scale in the future. This should accelerate the innovation and commercialization process of production technologies for existing and future battery cell formats.

Plant configuration and selection for hardcase and pouch cells

The task of the RWTH chair in the second stage of the "FoFeBat" project is to expand the cell formats of the Fraunhofer FFB and to complement the design of the cell forming technology at an early stage. In addition, PEM will help to procure the assembly equipment for the prismatic hardcase and pouch cell that is yet to be established in the Fraunhofer FFB and to advance the digitization of the entire process chain. This includes, for example, the implementation of a virtual image of products and processes as well as the establishment of analysis procedures and their seamless linking with the production process chains.

Further information is provided in this press release. There is also more available in the related project FoFeBat3.



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The project

  • "FoFeBat2": Development, assembly and finalization of the prismatic hardcase and pouch cell

Research objectives

  • Extension of the production capabilities of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production FFB in Münster to include large-format cell types (pouch cell and prismatic hardcase cell)
  • Development of FFB cell designs, assembly and formation concepts for the "FFB Fab"
  • Research of the first innovation module
  • Implementation of comprehensive "Industry 4.0" approaches

Research and project partners

PEM of RWTH Aachen University
University of Münster
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) (associated partner)


  • 06/01/2021 through 05/31/2024

Project management

Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)

Funding code

  • 03XP0416C


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)