BASF, Volkswagen promote research in electrochemistry

BASF, Volkswagen to promote research in electrochemistry

4:11 AM, 23rd May 2012
BASF, Volkswagen to promote research in electrochemistry

LUDWIGSHAFEN/WOLFSBURG, GERMANY: BASF and Volkswagen are launching an international initiative to promote research in the electrochemistry field. The ‘Science Award Electrochemistry’ is intended to promote outstanding scientific and engineering achievements and provide impetus for the development of high-performance energy stores. The Science Award will be presented annually and is aimed at top scientists in the global academic research community. This is the first time that a science award is being presented jointly by two companies on a cross-sectoral basis. The award is endowed with prize money of €50,000.

BASF and Volkswagen, with their outstanding research competence as leading companies in their sectors, are therefore offering the Science Award to motivate top-rank researchers to further increase their participation in the field of electrochemistry and its applications. The prize money is intended as start-up funding for further research activities and is to be used for laboratory equipment, scientific events or to fund highly qualified employees.

“This science award is intended to motivate and carry forward innovative thinking. Because the further development of high-performance batteries is indispensable in order to boost the driving range and thus the appeal of electric vehicles. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of ensuring that Volkswagen battery systems will facilitate reliable day-to-day operations for 10 years, thus lasting for a normal automotive life span,” said Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman, Volkswagen.

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