The German economy is undergoing a period of upheaval. The automotive industry is
investing billions in developing new powertrain technologies and mobility services, while
manufacturing industries and mechanical engineering are becoming greener and more
sustainable. Following the phase-out of nuclear power, by 2038 brown coal will no longer be used
for electricity generation and priority is being given to developing renewable energy sources.
And importantly, digitalization is making its way into almost all areas of our lives. And as if all of this weren’t exciting enough, 2020 will go down in history as the year of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is not only putting businesses and jobs at risk, it is also speeding up some development processes.
NEW MOBILITY IN SAXONY-ANHALTThe energy needed to test components is providedalmost entirely by electricity generatedfrom renewable resources. This comes from12,000 square meters of photovoltaic panelswhich cover the entire roof of the building andhave an output of over 900 kWp. “The newfacility is climate-friendly and operates onthe basis of a zero CO 2emissions approach,”explains Pischinger.Testing to the limitZero-Co 2: 12,000square meters ofphotovoltaic panelsprovide energy.The foundations for the success of FEV werelaid in Saxony-Anhalt in 2007. The FEV Grouphas another site in Sandersdorf-Brehna wherepowertrains of all kinds are subjected toendurance tests. The new test center reflectsthe significant increase in electric mobility.FEV employs around 6,700 people on fivecontinents worldwide and 350 of them workin Saxony-Anhalt. Over recent years, Saxony-Anhalt’s Ministry of Economy has supportedFEV’s investment with a total of 15 million eurosfrom the Joint Task for the Improvement ofRegional Economic Structures (GRW).FEV has the world’s largest development andtest center for high-voltage batteries. Theelectricity that powers the center comes almostexclusively from its own photovoltaic system.FEV, a leading international provider ofdesign and development services for hardwareand software for vehicles and powertrains,has brought into operation the world’s largestdevelopment and testing center for high-voltagebatteries at its site in Sandersdorf-Brehnain the triangle between Halle (Saale), Dessauand Leipzig. The new center has 54 climaticand temperature chambers, eight chambersfor environmental testing, a shaker systemfor mechanical tests, which is the only one ofits kind in the world, and five chambers forabuse tests. It will be testing batteries for carsand trucks from almost all the world’s vehiclemanufacturers.The test facilities allow all the factors thatinfluence battery behavior to be simulated.These include driving conditions on roadsranging from freeways to dirt tracks, floodingand extremely cold and hot weather.In addition, FEV exposes the batteries to firesand impacts in order to obtain importantinformation about how high-voltage batteriesbehave in the event of an accident. The centerwill also run endurance tests covering up to250,000 kilometers. In addition, it has a workshopwhere the batteries can be disassembledafter testing. The new development and testcenter is the largest of its kind in the world.“As one of the world’s leadingdevelopers of technologiesfor electric vehicles, FEV producesinnovative, future-proofsolutions. The new test centerallows us to demonstrate ourexpertise to our customers yetagain. In addition to providingour partners with the bestpossible technical support, wecan also save them developmenttime and costs,”says Professor Stefan Pischinger, Presidentand CEO of the FEV Group. He adds: “We currentlyhave a total of 69 test systems, whichmeans that we can provide all the internationallyestablished test methods for batteriesunder one roof.”fev.comedlp.fev.comTesting to thelimit: FEV testsbatteries inclimate andtemperaturechambers.1819