Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) founded, in cooperation with University of Ulm, and supervises the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU). KIT combines the status of University of Baden-Wuertemberg and large-scale research institute of the Helmholtz association. KIT emphasizes the knowledge triangle: research – education – innovation. KIT leads in the development of fundamental and new storage concepts and the synthesis and investigation of underlying storage materials and electrolytes. It has outstanding expertise and uses cutting-edge methods for structural, chemical, and electrochemical characterization of materials and cells as well as for conducting higher-level systems analysis.
The Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) focuses on developing sustainable, next-generation battery technologies with more capacity and greater efficiency that are at the same time lighter, longer lasting, safer, and cheaper than conventional technologies. To reach these aims, HIU combines 5 main fields of Electrochemical Energy storage, namely basic research in electrochemistry, materials research, theory and modelling of (electro)-chemical processes, system considerations and analytical methods.
KIT – HIU contributes on SIMBA project by developing new class of sodium-based single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes (SIPEs), with large operating temperature range and high electrochemical stability window; including SPIES scalable synthesis route and its optimization. KIT – HIU aims to reinforce the collaboration with universities, centres and industry focused on battery field, and contributes to develop safe, high cycle life and efficiency, and low toxicity next generation sodium-ion batteries for stationary energy storage applications