German conference to showcase latest in energy storage, electromobility

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High-performance batteries, fuel cells and the next generation of electrochemical energy technologies will be the main topics at this year’s Ulmer Electrochemical Talks (UECT) in Ulm, Germany.

The conference, which runs June 23-26, hosts the world’s leading scientific and industrial experts to discuss the latest developments in electromobility and energy storage. The four-day conference, which is held every two years and this year taking place at Ulm’s Congress Centre, is being organized by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) for the fourteenth time.

Also to be discussed at the conference is a new ZSW analysis showing that the global number of electrically powered vehicles on the road rose to around 400,000 by the start of 2014. This figure includes cars with battery-powered electric drives, range extender or plug-in hybrid technology.

Electrochemical energy storage systems for green electricity have also generated market interest. "The first commercial products have been established, so now it’s the time to develop the next generation to achieve sustainable market growth," said Werner Tillmetz, chairman of the UECT conference and the ZSW Board. "Electrochemical energy technologies will be a major factor in the energy sectors of the future."

Some 50 experts from ten countries will present their latest discoveries at the UECT. A poster exhibition and various discussion forums are also included in the program.

Tutorials held on June 23 at the Education and Training Centre Ulm for Innovative Energy Technologies (WBZU) in the Ulm Science Park will provide a detailed examination of PEM fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries and other technologies.

The organizers expect about 250 representatives from the research, automobile and supplier industries to attend the events.

The twelve conference sessions will cover topics such as advanced materials, optimized components and experiences from applications for lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells and other technologies. Reports on new electrolysis techniques indicate which improvements could also be achieved for the storage of green electricity.

Electrochemistry has enjoyed an unprecedented boom in recent years. The city of Ulm, located between Stuttgart and Munich, has long been the center of German electrochemical energy technology. The ZSW is based in Ulm and operates Europe’s largest test and development center for batteries and fuel cells. The city is also home to the Ulm Helmholtz Institute for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU), the University of Ulm and the Education and Training Centre WBZU.