The next generation of batteries can rely on a state-of-the-art hub for advancements

Updates 14 February 2024

Thanks to a new research centre, THOR's objective can be achieved more efficiently.

The EU-funded project THOR aims to innovate battery design by developing a virtual tool to reduce the number of physical tests. In this context, the Austrian project partner VARTA will supply specifications and prototype cells to realise model parametrization. Now their contribution might be even more significant thanks to a larger infrastructure and team of researchers.

The Austrian company is developing important advancements for next-generation batteries. The latest endeavour involves the creation of a European-leading research and development centre for battery cells in Graz, Austria.

The expansion project, which is nearing completion, will provide a state-of-the-art facility spanning approximately 2,500 square meters.
Furthermore, the current international team of around 30 researchers is expected to grow to 50 by the end of this year. These experts will have a direct impact on THOR’s objectives as they will be working on existing battery technologies for enhanced efficiency.
The research centre, which is geared towards industry, guarantees the rapid scalability of the developed cells, enhancing the exploitation of THOR’s project outcomes. These advancements will directly benefit the latest generation of lithium-ion cells, empowering our partners in both high-energy and high-power segments.

In summary, VARTA’s efforts, combined with THOR’s vision, are propelling toward a future where cutting-edge battery technology reshapes industries and fosters innovation.



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