BattLab

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BattLab

AIT has the following battery manufacturing and testing infrastructures:

  • Dry room with modern research pilot line for the production of stacked pouch cells

  • Modular approach with automated machines – manual transfer between stages

  • Model-assisted battery material development and optimisation

  • Industry-oriented electrode engineering and cell production

  • Comprehensive physicochemical and electrochemical characterisation (in- and ex-situ methods

  • Post-mortem analysis

  • Accredited electrical, environmental and safety tests on cell, module and system level

  • SOX (State of Health, State of Charge, etc.) determination

  • Simulations in 1 and 3D at cell and system level including ageing

  • Cell selection and benchmarking based on extensive battery databases


AIT has a large research Infrastructure, represented by the Cluster Electric Drives Laboratory, with a Cost (€) of 13.36 EUR/hour (2019 tariff). AIT puts its extensive research infrastructure at the disposal of this project. The hourly rate is applied across the board for all person hours spent on it, since it is also calculated as an average. This methodology has been assessed and formally recognized by the European Commission.

AIT has the following battery manufacturing and testing infrastructures:

(1) Dry room with modern research pilot line for the production of stacked pouch cells.

(2) Modular approach with automated machines – manual transfer between stages.

(3) Model-assisted battery material development and optimisation.

(4) Industry-oriented electrode engineering and cell production.

(5) Comprehensive physicochemical and electrochemical characterisation (in- and ex-situ methods).

(6) Post-mortem analysis.

(7) Accredited electrical, environmental and safety tests on cell, module and system level.

(8) SOX (State of Health, State of Charge, etc.) determination.

(9) Simulations in 1 and 3D at cell and system level including ageing.

(10) Cell selection and benchmarking based on extensive battery databases.


AIT is claiming costs for its Large Research Infrastructure LRI, specifically the machine cluster “Electric Drives Laboratory”, which includes the battery labs. As per agreement with the Commission, the applicable hourly rate is added to every person hour booked on the project, since it was calculated as an average overall technical personnel effort at AIT. Large research infrastructure is approved by the EC for AIT, and relevant confirmations are received.


Services currently offered by the infrastructure:

AIT is organizing regularly battery seminars of 1-3 days for industrial and academic partners (e.g. recently in July 2019 with 60 participants which was also the official opening of the pilot-line with the Austrian Ministry). Participants are industrial customers that include raw material manufacturers, battery pack developers, OEMs and special equipment manufacturers. Topics covered include basic working principles of battery cells up to cells design and future battery technologies. AIT is also heavily involved in services, which include contract research for novel materials research, cell testing, cell design and generation of technology roadmaps for special applications. Cell testing includes testing according to ISO norm 12405-1,2, as well as tailored test design including drive cycle testing, abuse testing and high precision cell performance measurements. StoRIES will extend the outreach of those services and will increase the market perspectives of the services significantly.


The facilities offered by AIT battery research, enable scientists and engineers to bring novel technologies in the battery field from laboratory environments towards industrial realisation. This includes material research for improved manufacturability and demonstration at pilot scale level. The current European landscape of battery manufacturing and research has a need for highly skilled individuals to realise the implementation of the many gigafactories required for the full electrification of the mobility sector. The EU has declared its ambition to become an innovation leader in the manufacturing sector of batteries and electric mobility solutions. The training of qualified personnel as well as the in-depth applied research of eco-friendly large-scale manufacturing will be of utmost importance for this undertaking. Therefore, access to such facilities as the research pilot line at AIT and the testing and characterisation facilities for prototype pouch cells, is vital to support the European ambition.