Valmet Automotive says it now put its new battery test centre in Weihenbronn, Germany, into operation.

At the new location Valmet says it has about 1,500 square meters for testing at its disposal.

In addition to a workshop for prototype build-up and an electrical laboratory, Weihenbronn has a test area for testing latest battery technologies and innovations. In addition, battery abuse tests on cell and module level are carried out in test containers in the outdoor area. Equipment and 'test know-how which is rarely available on the market nowadays' is now part of Valmet''s EV Systems in-house testing capability.

"Our test center in Bad Friedrichshall and the possibilities at the new location in Weihenbronn complement each other perfectly. With the new location we are now able to significantly expand our test capacities and test expertise in a cost-effective way," says Jyrki Nurmi, Senior Vice President EV Systems, Valmet Automotive Group.

Valmet says that as a Tier-1 system supplier in the battery business, access to these tests and their results is of great importance and crucial for product development.

"In the future, we will build up and test the latest battery innovations and technologies, such as new thermal management solutions, new sealing concepts and new measures to improve the fire behavior of batteries," says Mathias Würges, Vice President Engineering EV Systems, Valmet Automotive.

The new testing faciIity is close to the company's battery test center hub in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany. In addition to Bad Friedrichshall and Weihenbronn, Valmet Automotive also conducts battery tests in Uusikaupunki, Finland, at the company's car (contract) assembly site. At the car assembly plant the company has integrated a production of battery systems, too.

"With our existing network of test centers, we cover a wide range of battery testing on state-of-the art level for technology tests, concept validation and the development accompanying. We will further optimise testing to support Valmet Automotive's role as Tier-1 system supplier for battery systems, but also to provide the industry with much-needed testing capacity. To fulfill this task in the best possible way, we are currently recruiting new employees for the Battery Testing division", Mathias Würges adds.