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Introduction to the Course

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Hello and welcome to EIT Manufacturing MOOC, developed and delivered for the young engineers and curious learners interested in battery manufacturing. This course was designed to compile a general overview of battery trends, aiming to inform and inspire you to become involved in sustainable manufacturing. The CEO of EIT Manufacturing, Klaus Beetz, kicks off by explaining our path towards sustainable battery manufacturing. And with Volkswagen Group, we will have a look at the cell manufacturing process.
From the faculty of engineering of the University of Porto, we are fortunate to have Professor Maria Helena Braga, Coordinator of the Materials for Energy Research Laboratory– the only one in Portugal actively investigating solid state lithium and sodium batteries– who will explain why lithium ion batteries are predominant in electric vehicles. Roeland Bisschop from the fire-safe transport unit at RISE Research Institute of Sweden will demonstrate various safety issues and abusive testing of lithium-ion batteries. RISE offers 100 test beds in demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products, and services. Anna Darmani from EIT InnoEnergy, Europe’s innovation engine in sustainable energy, will teach us about different groups of energy storage technologies.
The Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of the most effective Portuguese RTOs to convert R&D investment into economic and social value. So we’re lucky to have Luis Oliveira, an expert in the fields of sustainability and life-cycle assessment, contribute to this course with a short lecture on battery sustainability issues. The Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology of Technical University Braunschweig, with its focus on the evaluation of the sustainability implications of products and process on a life-cycle perspective, will introduce recycling technologies for lithium-ion batteries through a lecture by Juan Felipe Cerdas, group leader of life-cycle engineering, and Philipp Engels, research associate with a background in life-cycle assessments of lithium-ion batteries and battery material production.
Giovanni Di Stefano, Nicola Longo, and Carlo Novarese, leading experts from Comau, an Italian manufacturing company and worldwide leader in delivering advanced industry automation products and systems, project management and consultancy, will conclude this course with larger-than-life presentations on the special processes of cell manufacturing, battery welding, and hybrid thermography inspection. Does this sound interesting to you? Some tips to get even more involved– be inspired by the speakers, and learn more about them through their biographies. Learn about the contributing organisations, how they and their markets work. Reach out to them for possible traineeships or career opportunities. Manufacturing is a main driver of industrial innovation and job creation. Your next opportunity may be around the corner.
We hope you will enjoy and take full advantage of this overview of the trends on batteries, business, and technical perspectives, and the knowledge and expertise presented by our EIT Manufacturing community.


Welcome to your first week of the course on Battery Manufacturing: Trends in Battery Engineering, starting on Monday.

In the next 3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to explore new trends in battery production and learn about the role of sustainable batteries, using a variety of online materials including videos, articles, discussion topics and quizzes.

We’re excited to have you onboard and hope that you will find this course helpful, inspiring and insightful.

In your first week you will visit Volkswagen’s Salzgitter Center of Excellence for Battery Cells and learn more about battery cell production. We will then continue with exploring current market shares for the Lithium-ion batteries and why Li-ion battery is used in most of the electric vehicles. Finally, we will close the week with the lecture on the importance of raw materials in the EV Battery lifecycle.

Let’s start!

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