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University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 032/2020, Mar 06 2020 

Well-known representatives of industry and science will advise BayBatt and its director Prof. Dr. Michael Danzer on the establishment of the Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology at the University of Bayreuth (BayBatt). This is another important step. BayBatt will gain even more momentum thanks to the announcement by Bavarian Premier Markus Söder that BayBatt is to be endowed with a total of twelve professorships and almost 55 other positions.

Erste Reihe vorne (vlnr): Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krewer, Dr. Kkaus Hintzer; zweite Reihe: Dr. Rainer Saliger; dritte Reihe: Dr. Oswin Öttinger, Dr. Martin Krebs, Martin Mantel;

Eleven experts from industry and science will be involved in the development of BayBatt going into the future. Moreover, they will set priorities for the strategic orientation of BayBatt. "Batteries are a key technology of the energy and transport turnaround. With its interdisciplinary research and training, BayBatt will make an important contribution to the success of this radical structural change," says Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz, Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Here are the members of the BayBatt Advisory Board:

Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz, retired executive board member, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jossen, Head of the Institute for Electrical Energy Storage Technology (EES), TU München

Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert, Head of the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry at the Centre for Applied Research, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek, Chair of Physical Chemistry of Solids - Solid State Ionics and Electrochemistry at Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Dr. Rainer Saliger, Principal Key Expert, Siemens AG, Siemens Deutschland Energy Management Distributed Energy Systems

Dr. Klaus Eichhorn, executive board member at Moll Akkumulatoren

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

Dr. Klaus Hintzer, Dyneon /3M

Dr. Oswin Öttinger, Head of New Technologies, Central Innovation SGL Carbon

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer, Head of the Institute of Energy and Process Systems Engineering at Technische Universität Braunschweig

Dr. Martin Krebs, VARTA Microbatteries

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Danzer, Director of BayBatt, describes the next milestones: "The next step will be the establishment of a KeyLab for electrode production and cell assembly, testing and analysis, and it will have a bridging function between the faculties. In addition, our researchers will now further expand the BayBatt Research Training Group.

At the same time, the Battery Technology & Battery Systems Technology master's program is in the process of being designed, new professorships will be advertised, and an office and laboratory building is in the works. "BayBatt aims to investigate the methodological principles of efficient energy conversion and storage in general, and the durable and reliable applications of batteries in particular. The relevant fields of application include mobile, portable, and stationary applications. The methods and models developed are to be made usable both for electric vehicles and for building-integrated and grid-connected storage systems," says Danzer, summarizing BayBatt’s goals.

Young scientists will be able to participate in challenging research projects. Master’s students, doctoral candidates, and post-doctoral researchers from Germany and abroad are welcome to become involved with their own ideas and concepts. Like the University of Bayreuth as a whole, its centre for battery technology also has a "third mission": In view of the technical, economic, and socio-political challenges associated with the energy transition, it will work together with companies, but also with public institutions, in the search for innovative solutions. "Batteries have the potential to initiate a paradigm shift in the energy and transport sector which will ultimately affect all our fellow citizens," says Danzer. 

The announcement by the Premier puts Bayreuth’s battery experts in a position to tackle this all the more quickly: As part of the state government's high-tech agenda, under the umbrella of the AI/Super Tech programmes, BayBatt will be endowed with twelve professorships, 54.5 other positions and 17.5 million euros in material resources over the coming years. 


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Danzer
Chair of Electrical Energy Systems & Director of BayBatt
University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstr. 30
95447 Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-4610
E-Mail: danzer@uni-bayreuth.de

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