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New EU project to revolutionize battery development


The EU project BIG-MAP (Battery Interface Genome - Materials Acceleration Platform) is intended to significantly accelerate the speed at which new battery types can be developed, with a special focus on sustainability. Through the research platform CELEST, KIT and the Ulm University, Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) is also involved in the project.

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Helge Stein appointed junior professor


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has appointed Dr.-Ing. Helge S. Stein from Caltech (California Institute of Technology) to a tenure-track professorship at HIU. Stein will research at Cluster of Excellence POLiS and teach at the Institute of Physical Chemistry.

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1st Web conference "European Perspectives for Future Batteries" much larger than expected


The online conference "European Perspectives on Batteries of the Future" of EU battery initiative "BATTERY2030+" turned out to be much larger than planned: Temporarily, around 750 participants simultaneously followed the conference video stream.

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BATTERY2030+: Roadmap for battery research in Europe


In order to develop future batteries, partners from science and industry from all over Europe have launched the BATTERY 2030+ research initiative. A roadmap now specifies the milestones.

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E-mobility: Bringing forward the Development of Battery Cells


The international ABAA-conference was held in October 2019 in Ulm. Now, policy makers provided an in-depth description of their visions on how to bring forward battery technology. These visions are summarized in a Perspective article reporting the R&D trends of electric vehicles in the mass market.

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High school students at HIU: Why research batteries?


"How do I charge my cell phone battery most gently?", "What does the energy transition have to do with batteries at all?" These and other questions 60 high school students asked on February 18, 2020. Two tenth grades of the Johann Vanotti High School in Ehingen were hosted guests at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU).

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Exhibition on Electromobility and Energy Storage



Helmholtz Institute Ulm is part of the Official Berblinger anniversary 2020. HIU is hosting an own exhibition in the center of Ulm. Opening day is May 15th, 2020.

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HIU founding Director Horst Hahn elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors



HIU founding Director Prof. Horst Hahn was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in the USA. He will receive the award in April 2020 at the NAI Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

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HIU Calcium Batteries: New Electrolytes, Enhanced Properties



Scientists at HIU developed first electrolytes for calcium batteries with acceptable properties at room temperature. Calcium-based batteries promise to reach a high energy density at low manufacturing costs. This lab-scale technology has the potential for replacing lithium-ion technology in future energy storage systems.

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Freshly awarded Nobel Prize winner at ABAA12



M. Stanley Whittingham, John B. Goodenough, and Akira Yoshino receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their invention of the lithium-ion battery. M. Stanley Whittingham was at the ABAA 12 (Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automobile Applications) conference in Ulm when the news of the award went around the world. 

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Energy Transition Dialogue at HIU



Energy transition topics are gaining more and more political significance. On September 16th, 2019 numerous industry representatives met at HIU for the event series "Energy Transition Dialogue". The energy experts showed interest in catching up on current research of electrochemical energy storage.

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Federal Minister Anja Karliczek at HIU



The Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, visited Ulm on Monday, 15th July 2019 and got an idea of the battery research at the location. She emphasized the further expansion of Ulm's broad expertise in production research and future battery concepts.

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High-ranking Taiwanese delegation visits HIU



Dr. Heribert Wilhelm, Managing Director of HIU, welcomed the 20-strong delegation from Taiwanese representatives from industry, research and administration and informed them about HIU research, the research platform CELEST and the Cluster of Excellence POLiS.

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HIU at Open Day of the KIT



Professor Dr. Maximilian Fichtner reported on the current situation in energy supply at KIT's Open Day.

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Prof. Passerini admitted to the Academy of Science Leopoldina



Prof. Passerini, Director of the HIU, has now been elected to the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences. The Leopoldina is one of the oldest science academies in the world. Since its foundation in 1652, it is obligated to the advancement of free science, to benefit humankind and to shape a common future.

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Girls` Day 2019 at HIU



Ten girls from the 8th grade used this year's Girls' Day on 28 March to take a look behind the scenes at HIU and got to know the work of a battery researcher.

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Canadian Delegation at HIU



Seven Canadian scientists from the field of energy storage visited the HIU on their European tour. Prof. Stefano Passerini, Director of the HIU, introduced the HIU research activities before giving a tour through the chemistry and physics laboratories.

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Storing energy with eggshells



Biowaste in the form of chicken egg shells proves to be very effective for energy storage. In the journal Dalton Transactions, of the Royal Society of Chemistry, scientists present the sustainable storage material that could make a low-cost lithium ion capacitor possible.

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New Cluster of Excellence Holds First General Assembly



The 25 research group leaders and other responsible persons of the new cluster of excellence, which bears the name POLiS (Post Lithium Storage), met at HIU to set the course for a fast and successful start of the research work.

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HIU members at Batterieforum Deutschland



From 23 to 25 January 2019, the Kompetenznetzwerk Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (KLiB) organized the Batterieforum Deutschland with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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