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TÜV Rheinland has opened Europe’s most modern independent test center for traction batteries in electric vehicles in the Dutch-German innovation park Avantis. The lab is also one of the largest of its kind, with an area of ​​approximately 2,200 m2, with an investment of more than € 24 million, and 25 employees will work in the facility when it is fully operational. The laboratory center, where car batteries weighing up to 800 kilograms are tested, was opened in the presence of around 100 guests from the world of business and science.

“The dynamics in the field of electromobility is extremely high. Manufacturers are constantly introducing new models to a dynamically developing market. Our goal is to work at our new location in Heerlen-Aachen to make electromobility safe and to support innovation at the same time. Because for 150 years we have been advocating technical safety in the interaction of people, technology and the environment – yesterday with steam engines, today also with electric vehicles “- said Dr. Eng. Michael Fübi as CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG at the opening. Dr. Fübi is himself a member of the Permanent Council of Experts on Electromobility of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Concentration: regulatory and manufacturer specific tests

Activities in the new competence center focus on regulatory and manufacturer-specific tests of traction batteries for battery-electric vehicles. The new competence center is integrated into the TÜV Rheinland network with test centers around the world. In this way, the young team in Aachen can cover the entire value chain for industrial traction batteries from the outset: from development support to comprehensive testing and type approval.

The total construction time for the test center was around 18 months. The battery testing laboratory is operated by TÜV Rheinland Automotive Component Testing GmbH, in cooperation with the commercial space service provider “ConAC” from Aachen. “The power to innovate electric vehicle batteries is greater than ever before – independent testing capabilities are so important,” said Professor Achim Kampker, head of the Department of E-Mobility Component Manufacturing Engineering (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University when the laboratory was commissioned for use in which, inter alia, development validation can be performed for manufacturers. “Durability and cost, material use and performance, range and recyclability: these are the main aspects of battery development. The testing services of the new test center contribute to greater reliability of the technology, but also to market innovation, ”emphasized Prof. Kampker. He is one of the world’s leading experts in his field and a member of the Council of Experts on Electromobility of the North Rhine-Westphalia government.

The purpose of working in the new laboratory center is to be able to fully test all current and market-required safety standards. Initially, the focus will be on the rapidly growing market for testing traction batteries in vehicles. In the future, the scope of the tests will be extended to other storage applications.

The demand for test services is constantly growing

The battery testing market is still very dynamic: the number of new battery-powered vehicle (BEV) models is growing steadily. New registrations of purely electric vehicles are also growing: 63,000 BEVs were newly registered in Germany in 2019, 194,000 in 2020 and 356,000 in 2021. According to the manufacturer association ACEA, 878,000 new ones have been registered in the European Union. electric vehicles. And the trend continues – also politically desirable and encouraged. According to experts at TÜV Rheinland, the demand for manufacturer-independent battery testing capabilities will increase significantly in the coming years.

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