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Scientific News from the Helmholtz Institute Ulm: Here, scientists provide insights into their research.


First German factory for battery electrolyte - Dr. Beltrop (E-Lyte) & Dr. Hofmann (KIT)

September 18th, 2023 It is the best-protected material recipe for a #battery: the #electrolyte. Consisting of solvents, conductive salts and additives, it enables ion mobility between the positive and negative poles within a battery. Without ... Learn more

BEV trucks vs. Hydrogen trucks - Dr. Jürgen Wagner (MAN)

August 20th, 2023 Dr. Jürgen Wagner (Vice President MAN Truck & Bus SE) explains his company's electrification strategy. In fact, the Munich-based company is pursuing a three-pronged approach: The manufacturer of commercial vehicles and truc... Learn more

Prof. Fichtner & Dr. Bresser - Sodium-Ion Batteries

May 7th, 2023 Sodium-ion batteries have been overshadowed by lithium-ion batteries for decades, but there is a thousand times more sodium in the earth's crust than lithium. And now battery chemistry has evolved to the point where sodium-ion b... Learn more

Prof. Fichtner - CATL "Condensed Battery"

April 26th, 2023 Have the European battery producers completely lost touch? Chinese battery manufacturers are celebrating new product successes everywhere: The first sodium batteries (BYD, CATL, 2021) are being produced in Asia, high-performa... Learn more

Prof. Stein - Pulsed charging in battery formation process

April 23rd, 2023 Traditionally, fresh battery cells are carefully charged for up to 24 hours immediately after production. This "formation process" is cost-intensive, time-consuming and usually takes a long time. A group of battery researcher... Learn more

Self-healing Batteries - Prof. Binder & Dr. Marinow

April 16th, 2023 Wolfgang Binder & Anja Marinow from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg are developing self-healing battery materials using nanostructured polymer materials. These are composites that consist of repeating units (mon... Learn more

Supercapacitors - Dr. Pohlmann & Dr. Fleischmann

April 12th, 2023 This podcast is dedicated to an energy storage device that is often underestimated in materials science: the ultracapacitor. This is installed, for example, for regenerative braking in vehicles such as buses, trains, cranes a... Learn more

Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger - Reforming the electricity market

April 2nd, 2023 How are electricity prices determined? Is the merit order model, which forms the price on the electricity exchange, still up-to-date in relation to the increased conversion to renewable energies? Our expert in the loaded podca... Learn more

Self-healing batteries - Prof. Maitane Berecibar

April 2nd, 2023 Self-healing materials have the ability to automatically repair damages to themselves without any external diagnosis or intervention. Soon, they could be used in battery electrodes as well! This would impact the entire battery... Learn more