Battery Science Talks in the Center of Ulm

July 2nd to July 11th 2021

A central point for innovation enthusiasts is being set up in the middle of Ulm as part of the Berblinger anniversary. In the summer of 2021 (July 2nd to July 11th, 2021), the city of Ulm, together with Ulm Battery Research Institutes and the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, invites the public to exchange ideas about mobility and future topics on Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl-Platz.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), numerous HIU scientists will give various lectures on the subject of battery research, innovative energy storage systems and the “future of mobility”. These will be broadcasted externally and via a live stream. The scientific lectures take place just a few hundred meters from the urban M25 exhibition center, in which the exhibition “AKKU ALLE – Energy Storage and Electromobility” takes place.

Venue: Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl-Platz, 89073 Ulm
Organizers: Cultural Department of City of Ulm, Helmholtz Institute Ulm, VOLVO in cooperation with Agency Do it!
Press Release: HIU Scientists present Battery Talks in Ulm City Centre
Series: The Talks shown here may still change slightly.



Presentation/Talk: July 3rd, 2021
Research on Fuel Cells
Speaker: Dr. Ludwig Jörissen (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg)

Time: 02:00-03:00 PM

Presentation/Talk: July 5th, 2021
Batteries for Electromobility
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fichtner (Helmholtz Institute Ulm)
Topic: The development of batteries for electric vehicles is currently making leaps and bounds. In the lecture, new types of vehicle batteries will be presented, which enable greater ranges with a more sustainable material composition.

Time: 05:00-06:00 PM

Prof. Maximilian Fichtner, (c) Fritz Beck, HIU

Presentation/Talk: July 6th, 2021
Hydrogen in Electromobility & Energy Transformation
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Hölzle (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg)
Topic: How a CO2-neutral Germany can be achieved with green electricity and green hydrogen is highlighted by Prof. Dr. Markus Hölzle (ZSW board member) in his talk. The focus is on the key technologies for the emission-free mobility of the future: lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.

Time: 05:00-06:00 PM


Presentation/Talk: July 7th, 2021
10 years of electromobility at SWU: Current projects and developments
Speaker: Ernst Hönig (SWU)
Topic: Numbers, data, facts, from the pioneering phase to the upcoming mass market. Insight into e-car sharing swu2go and other current projects.

Time: 05:00-06:00 PM

Presentation/Talk: July 8th, 2021
Battery research in Ulm: 10 years of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
Speaker: Dr. Heribert Wilhelm (Helmholtz Institute Ulm)
Topic: High-performance and sustainable batteries are essential for the establishment of electromobility and the success of the energy transition. The fundamentals of the future energy storage devices required for this are being researched at the HIU.

Time: 12:00-01:00 PM

Presentation/Talk: July 9th, 2021
Batteries in Electric Vehicles
Speaker: Dr. Dominic Bresser (Helmholtz Institute Ulm)
Topic: The range, quick charging capability and the price of e-vehicles largely depend on the battery. This lecture offers a general introduction as well as an overview of current and possible future developments.

Time: 12:00-01:00 PM


Presentation/Talk: July 9th, 2021
Sustainale Future Batteries
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Axel Groß (Helmholtz Institute Ulm)
Topic: Sustainable future batteries are based on a chemistry as Li-ion batteries. In the lecture it will be discussed why, despite the existing advantages, they have so far only prevailed selectively.

Time: 05:00-06:00 PM


Presentation/Talk: July 10th, 2021
AI and Robots in Battery Research
Speaker: TT-Prof. Dr. Helge Stein (Helmholtz Institute Ulm)
Topic: Battery research is going through digitization and automation towards research 4.0, which enables us to find and understand new materials more quickly.

Time: 02:00-03:00 PM

Presentation/Talk: July 11th, 2021
Sodium Ion Batteries (Presentation in English)
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stefano Passerini (Helmholtz Institute Ulm)
Topic: Sodium batteries are an emerging technology holding the promise to be complementary to lithi-um batteries. They offer enhanced sustainability and lower costs for light-duty vehicles and stationary storage applications.

Time: 02:00-03:00 PM


With the “Freedom to Move” mission, Volvo launched a comprehensive initiative and is geared towards its own vision of the future. From the point of view of “personal”, “sustainable” and “safe”, the company develops advanced technology solutions for the mobility of the future. Within the entire life cycle of Volvo vehicles, the CO2 balance is to be reduced by 40% by 2025, and the Volvo Car Group plans to be climate neutral by 2040.

Organizer: Volvo in cooperation with agency “Do it!”, City of Ulm Department of Culture, Helmholtz Institute Ulm
Venue: Volvo Studio Ulm at Hans-und-Sophie-Scholl Platz
Time of Event: July 2nd to 11th, 2021
Opening Times: Tue – Sun from 10 AM to 9 PM

Link: Stadt Ulm – Berblinger Jubiläum
Link: Volvo Studio Ulm

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