With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
WS #C: Battery Systems
In the area of battery systems, the focus is on development and innovation (RDI) and first industrial deployment (FID) of battery systems including battery management software and algorithms as well as innovative test methods for battery systems. Innovations in the field of raw and advanced materials, cells and modules as well as process innovations cumulate into this area and lead to technologically leading battery systems. The goal is to create a highly innovative product i.e. battery system that substantially goes beyond the state-of-the-art in term of performance (e.g. energy density), CO2-eq footprint and sustainability in particular regarding recycling and reuse of valuable materials.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to € 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce of 126,016 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
Description of the project
BMW’s project targets within the framework of „IPCEI on Batteries“ are design (including definition of cell chemistry), development, prototype production and testing of a highly innovative generation of Lithium ion battery cells. Therefore, several battery cells sample prototypes are built, tested and analyzed. The final target cell will be manufactured on the newly set-up battery cell pilot plant and as proof of concept fully validated as basis for subsequent industrialization by a European cell supplier.
Another significant part of the project is the design of an improved and innovative module and battery pack targeting substantial reduction of production time, cost reduction, increase of energy density (on module and pack level), but in particular leading to a significantly improved recycling ability (e.g. less complicated automated dismantling, optimization of material mix…) as a base of recirculation of materials into production process (circular economy).
Endurance SpA (Endurance), an Italy-based subsidiary of Endurance Overseas, the European holding company of the Endurance Group, active in the supply of engine and transmission components to European automotive OEMs.
Enel X S.r.L.
Enel X, Enel Group’s global business line, is a leader in the energy sector, offering services that accelerate innovation and boost the energy transition.
Through its advanced solutions, Enel X provides each partner with an ecosystem of tech platforms and consulting services, focusing on sustainability and circular economy principles in order to provide an alternative model that respects the environment and integrates technological innovation into daily life. Each solution has the power to turn decarbonization, electrification and digitalization goals into sustainable actions for everyone.
Enel X presented a project on the first IPCEI about Fault and Degradation prediction of batteries which was approved last December 2019.
Eneris Groupa (Eneris), a Poland-based company, dedicated to innovations protecting environment (waste, water, energy) active, amongst other, in distributed energy and recycling, including batteries.
Flash Battery srl
Flash Battery srl, (Flash Battery), is an Italy-based company committed to developing technologies and creating tailored projects with high added value in custom battery production for industrial machines and electric vehicles.
The Flash Battery team (average age 33, 30% engineers) design, create and remotely monitor lithium batteries supplied to industrial machine and electric vehicle manufacturers having medium-volume production and high customisation requirements. The lithium batteries feature a pulsing heart: the Flash Balancing System, a proprietary electronic system under international patent pending status, which keeps cells balanced and working efficiently throughout the life of the battery (over 4,000 cycles).
The company’s product portfolio includes more than 350 different types of batteries installed in over 9,000 applications. The customer base encompasses companies from a variety of sectors in 54 countries: automation, robotics, logistics, nautical systems, construction, aerial platforms, electric vehicles, agriculture, and airport ground support equipment.
With corporate headquarters in Sant’Ilario (Reggio Emilia, Italy), the company was established in 2012 (under the name Kaitek srl) by Marco Righi, CEO and Founder and Alan Pastorelli, CTO. Today, Flash Battery is part of the Elettric80 Group, a world-class industry leader in development of automated logistics solutions
Description of the project
Flash Battery is among the 17 European companies engaged in the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI Summer on Batteries) which aims to strengthen the EU capacity in the industrial production of next-gen lithium batteries and support the environmental sustainability of the battery value chain. Flash Battery will develop an advanced Battery Management System specifically designed for new cell technologies, to safely exploit their best performances and lifecycle. It will also develop technologies for new generation battery systems available to industrial applications and sectors.
SEEL Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory
The Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory (SEEL) is a joint venture company owned and run by Chalmers and RISE. SEEL will establish and operate a test center for research and development in the field of electromobility.
Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences at a high international level. RISE is an independent, state-owned group of research institutes in Sweden, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.
Description of the project
The project will establish three facilities with the aim to consolidate efficient knowledge development and improve the conditions for collaboration in the field of electrified transport in Sweden and Europe. The automotive, aerospace and maritime sectors plus other developers in relevant areas will gain a common platform on which to meet, and will benefit from the knowledge development and technology shift currently taking place. Researchers will at the same time gain access to advanced research infrastructure in the field of electromobility. The test center will be operational by 2023.
Overview of the the IPCEI Batteries RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) and FID (First Industrial Development) work streams