Valmet Automotive is investing around EUR7m (US$7.8m) in the construction of its new Germany Battery Test Centre (BTC) at Bad Friedrichshall, with full test capacity available from February next year.

“We appear on the market as a development partner for companies in the automotive industry,” said Valmet Automotive MD, Robert Hentschel.

“With our new Test Centre we are expanding much-needed test capacities for batteries and battery systems of electric vehicles.”

In order to offer the additional test services in a timely manner, Valmet Automotive has broken new ground with test-bed specialist, AVL. Valmet Automotive is expanding its existing battery testing capacities by adding four AVL battery test-beds in container-based design.

In comparison to traditional test-bed engineering, the container-based design has the advantage of allowing test-bed set-up and pre-installation.

Valmet Automotive director of testing, Stefan Sommer revealed in a presentation at the groundbreaking ceremony, the containers will be set up in an area of 1,500 square metres.

Cells, modules and complete battery systems will be tested for environmental compatibility as well as function and safety.