Dutch-based energy management company Lithium Werks announced that it will build a major clean energy research and development (R&D) campus at Technology Base. Together with the University of Twente, the company will work on solutions for the energy transition, like new generations of batteries and new approaches to flexible energy storage.
Next generation batteries
Lithium Werks, founded by Dutch tech pioneer and former CEO of Booking.com, supplies 200 million battery cells to more than 1,000 customers in 50 countries, currently produces lithium iron phosphate batteries, or LFP. For the development of the next generations of batteries, Lithium Werks collaborates with the University of Twente, a pioneer in research in the field of new materials, artificial intelligence and control electronics.
Lithium Werks will create a 42 acre R&D campus for the development of a mobile battery ecosystem at Technology Base. More than EUR 100 million has been invested in the development of the R&D campus by various parties. The East Netherlands Development Agency Oost NL was the first to invest in the project, in line with its brief from local authorities to sustainably strengthen the economy of the Eastern region of the Netherlands. The campus will be built in phases. The first building at Technology Base is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019, initially providing work for approximately 300 people to research new technologies in the field of clean energy. Lithium Werks is planning to recruit some 2,000 people within five years to carry out R&D at the campus.