July 10, 2020 saw the opening of the 5,000-square-meter Battery Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) in the Erfurter Kreuz area of the eastern German state of Thuringia. The center will be the site of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems.
Thuringia helped fund the project to the tune of €13.5 million. The facility will be used to develop solutions for the integrated, digitally supported production and quality assurance of battery cells and modules. That will include ceramic materials, state-of-the-art sensor technology and non-destructive testing methods.
The project comes as CATL, the world market leader in the development of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage and battery management systems, is building its first-ever European plant in the same area. It is scheduled to be finished in 2022.