Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW)

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The ZSW was established in 1988 by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the universities of Stuttgart and

Ulm and private companies. It is a non-profit foundation under the civil code. The ZSW contributes to the
development of solar energy, energy conversion, and electrochemical energy storage systems - major
components in the sustainable energy supply of the 21st century. It is integrated in a network of university,
industrial, and institutional co-operations. The focus of research and development is currently on Lithiumion
batteries, super capacitors, fuel cells and thin film photo voltaic. The ZSW has about 140 employees
(scientists and technicians with experience in materials science, electrochemistry, physics, electrical and
mechanical engineering and technology).
The ZSW has a high level of expertise in both material research for Lithium-ion batteries and system
technology for batteries and fuel cells. Additionally, the ZSW has a wide base of equipment and experience
in the characterisation of battery materials and components as well as in battery testing and hazard
potential evaluation. ZSW has established a laboratory pilot line for technical development of electrode
coatings and cell assembling for cylindrical and flat lithium-ion cells.
Equipment for electrode coating, cell assembling, cell opening, separation of components, safety tests and
methods for structural and electrochemical characterisation will be available for this proposed project.
Tasks attributed within the project
Leader of WP6 Optimization of the cell design, it is also involved in the design of new nano morphologies
for the sulphur-based cathodes (WP 5) and in the assembly of up scaled cells and in the realisation of proof
of concept large cells (WP 8). Furthermore, ZSW participates in WP 1, 2, 3, 9 and 11.
Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens