Advanced Battery Technology Center (ABTC)

Technologies for new energy storage systems

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Process chain for the development of new battery cells
© Fraunhofer IWS
Process chain for the development of new battery cells

IWS Dresden focuses on research for electromobility as well as for stationary energy storage. With its know-how and the multitude of manufacturing technologies, Fraunhofer IWS contributes to the development of batteries at many points of the process chain and provides innovations. The Advanced Battery Technology Center was established to provide companies with solutions today and in the future. Here, we bring together expertise in advanced battery chemistry, innovations in electrode production and cell manufacturing technologies.

Thus, Fraunhofer IWS covers the entire process chain for the development of new battery cells with a focus on material, surface and laser technologies.

Video: Batteries of the future: Fraunhofer IWS "Advanced Battery Technology Center" (ABTC)

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Video: Batteries of the future: Fraunhofer IWS "Advanced Battery Technology Center" (ABTC)

The virtual tour through the Fraunhofer IWS "Advanced Battery Technology Center" (ABTC) in Dresden presents key technologies for the battery systems of tomorrow. The focus is on the development of new batteries with a higher energy density as well as process technologies for an environmentally friendly and cost-effective production of battery cells with the leading dry film process DRYtraec®.

Process chain


Material development

New carbon materials are being developed at the IWS. The range of services for applications in battery electrodes includes in particular:

  • carbon thin films
  • carbon nanomaterials
  • porous carbons and carbon/Si composites

Components and coatings

Low cost processes are being developed for high performance battery electrodes and separators. Focus topics are:

  • electrode development
  • functional films for cell components
  • high-energy anodes  (Li-metal- and Si-anodes)

Prototype cell manufacturing

IWS scientists develop cost-effective solutions along the process chain "manufacturing of battery cells":

  • Electrode packaging
  • Cell assembly process
  • Prototype cell design and evaluation

Battery recycling

Fraunhofer IWS participates in the development of ecologically and economically efficient processes for battery recycling. Part of our portfolio of services is:  

  • Detection of emissions during battery recycling
  • Development and testing of filter solutions for recycling processes
  • Resynthesis of recycled carbon material
  • Manufacturing of battery cells using secondary materials

News and media


Press release / 12.5.2022

DRYtraec® to become technology platform

Fraunhofer IWS receives millions in federal funding for dry battery electrode coating technology


Dresdner »ExcellBattMat Center«

Expertise for an electro-mobile future

Dresdner »ExcellBattMat Center« contributes key components for new battery generation 


Press release / 1.9.2021

Environmentally friendly manufacture of battery electrodes

Sustainable battery production with DRYtraec®


News / 26.5.2021

Battery technology for flying

Electrification of mobility also affects aviation.



Development of multilayer pouch cell lithium-sulfur solid state batteries (BMBF: FKZ: 03XP0395B)


Recycling and resynthesis of carbon materials from lithium batteries - recovery, reprocessing, reuse and adapted cell design (BMBF: FKZ: 03XP0354D)


Monitoring of low volatile electrolytes in the mechanical recycling process chain (BMBF: FKZ: 03XP0354D)


Automation as a key technology for the economic remanufacturing of lithium-ion battery systems (BMWi: FKZ: 03ETE031K)


Structural mechanical cathode adaptation on silicon- and lithium-based anode materials (KaSiLi), Timeframe: 11/2019–10/2022 (BMBF: 03XP0254 A-D)


Maßgeschneiderte Lithium-Metall-Anoden für zukünftige Batteriesysteme, Timeframe: 01/2019–12/2021, (BMBF: PTJ 03XP0185A)


Ein (sich) abhebendes Elektroden- und Zellkonzept für High-Power-Li-S-Batterien“, Timeframe: 01/2019–12/2021, (BMBF: PTJ 03XP0178A)


Trockene Verarbeitung funktionaler Materialien in textile Halbzeuge für Energiespeicher der nächsten Generation, Timeframe: 09/2018–02/2021, (EraNet/BMBF: 02P17E010)


Lithium Metall Schneiden von Batterieelektroden der nächsten Generation, Timeframe: 12/2018–11/2020, (Eurostars/BMBF: 01QE1837B)


Bildung von Metallclustern in Kohlenstoffmaterialien – sichere Anoden für zyklenstabile Batteriezellen mit hoher Energiedichte, Timeframe: 01/2019–12/2022 (FhG/MPG-Kooperationsprogramm, PNr.: 838756)


Lithium-Ionen-Akku mit hoher elektrochemischer Leistung und Sicherheit, Timeframe: 10/2017–11/2020, (BMBF: PTJ 03XP0133D)


Prozesstechnologien für strukturierte Silizium-Schichten als Anoden in Hochenergie-Lithium-Batterien, Timeframe: 10/2017–09/2020, (BMBF: PTJ 03XP0130D


Advanced Lithium Sulphur battery for xEV, Timeframe: 06/2015–05/2019, (EU: GA 666157)


Stickstoffhaltige Kohlenstoffe für hochkapazitive zyklenstabile Lithium-Schwefel-Kathoden, Timeframe: 01/2016–12/2018, (BMBF: FKZ: 03XP0030B)


Neue Separatorbeschichtungen und adaptiertes Zelldesign für zyklenstabile Lithium-Schwefel-Zellen, Timeframe: 01/2016–12/2018, (BMBF: FKZ: 03XP0031A)


Entwicklung und Demonstration von Natrium-Schwefel-Batteriesystemen, Timeframe: 07/2016–06/2018, (SAB: 100234957)


European Consortium for Lithium-Sulfur Power for Space Environments, Timeframe: 12/2015–11/2017, (EU: GA 687 306)


WING-Zentrum: Batterie – mobil in Sachsen, Timeframe: 06/2013–05/2016, (BMBF: FKZ 03X4637A)


Process Line Implementation for Applied Surface Nanotechnologies, Timeframe: 01/2013–01/2017 (EU: FP7-NMP-2012-LARGE-6)


Functionally integrated high current connectors for battery modules, Timeframe: 01/2013–12/2015 (BMWi: DLR 01MX12055C)


Battery – Stationary in Saxony, Timeframe: 11/2012–10/2015 (BMWi: FKZ 0325563A )


With crystal physics to future concepts of electrochemical energy storage systems, Timeframe: 10/2012–12/2015 (BMWi/BMU/BMBF: FZJ 03EK3029B)


Nanomaterials for future generation lithium sulfur batteries, Timeframe: 01/2012–12/2014 (EraNET/BMWi: DLR 01MX12009A)


Dry fabrication of lithium ion cells, Timeframe: 01/2012–12/2014 (BMBF: KIT 02PJ2302)


Material concepts for alkaline metal sulfur batteries, Timeframe: 05/2011–04/2014 (BMBF: FZJ 03X4618A)


Production technology demonstration center for lithium ion cells, Timeframe: 05/2010–06/2011 (BMBF: KIT 02PO2640)


Nano To Production, Timeframe: 06/2008–11/2012 (EU: CP-IP 214134-2)

Fraunhofer MAVO LiScell

Move ahead with lithium-sulfur: cycle-resistant, intrinsically safe battery cells with energy densities > 400 Wh/kg