September 27th, 2018

Joint KIT/UUlm cluster proposal “Energy storage beyond lithium” successful in the German excellence strategy

The German excellence commission ( To the press release ) announced the decision for the clusters of excellence within Germany’s excellence strategy on September 27th. The excellence commission selected the joint cluster proposal of KIT and UUlm “Energy storage beyond lithium” from the overall 88 submitted proposals to be funded starting from January 2019. The project involves the two applicant universities KIT ( To the press release ) and UUlm ( To the press release ), and the ZSW and the Justus Liebig University Giessen ( To the press release ) as further participating institutions. Therefore, all three CELEST partners are active contributors to the successful proposal. The cluster will run for 7 years, with an option on a second funding period, providing the possibility for strategic fundamental research on energy storage beyond lithium. The successful cluster decision will boost the electrochemical energy storage research at the two campuses and further strengthen the collaboration between researchers at the contributing institutions. CELEST, which is a corner stone of the long-term cooperation between the partners in the field of electrochemical energy storage, will now provide the platform for a fruitful activity of the cluster. The new cluster of excellence has a prominent position in the CELEST research profile, as one of the three CELEST research fields is the quest for new materials and novel electrochemical energy storage solutions reaching beyond todays Lithium based technologies. Research in the cluster will not only be dedicated to fundamental aspects of Post-Li batteries, but will also bridge towards development and technology transfer, profiting from the network of CELEST industry collaborations. CELEST congratulates all contributing scientists to their outstanding success, thanking them for their scientific dedication and perseverance in the course of the application.

August 15th, 2018

The three CELEST partners KIT, UUlm and ZSW today published a joint press release announcing the startup of the new research platform. The partners highlight the goals of CELEST and the importance and significance of the new platform, which is the largest in the area of electrochemical energy storage in Germany, is illustrated.

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July 12th, 2018

CELEST Kick-off meeting at HIU in Ulm

The Kick-off meeting of CELEST and the first general assembly of its members took place at the HIU, Ulm. The CELEST members elected the spokespersons of the three research areas, actively discussed joint projects and decided on future activities and strategies for the research platform. The CELEST steering committee nominated Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fichtner as director of CELEST and Prof. Dr. Helmut Ehrenberg as deputy director of the center. The meeting laid a strong foundation for fruitful collaboration and impressively illustrated the broad range of scientific competences gathered among the CELEST members, paving the way for new joint endeavors in electrochemical energy storage.

January 1st, 2018

      The Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe (CELEST) has been founded by KIT, UUL and ZSW.

September 29th, 2017

      Joint excellence strategy of HIU, UUlm and KIT goes into second round

In the framework of the German 'Excellence Strategy' of the Federal Government and the States, a proposal about 'Energy Storage Beyond Lithium' has been successful in the first round.
The proposal is co-ordinated by researchers from Helmholtz-Institute Ulm (HIU) together with colleagues from Ulm University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and comprises future activities in 25 working groups in Ulm, Karlsruhe and Gießen. Starting point and nucleus of the effort are the very successful activities at HIU on post-Li systems, which have gained high international visibility and recognition. If the second round of selection is also successful, the work can start in January 2019.

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Post-Lithium Excellence Cluster granted

The proposal for a cluster of excellence on “Energy Storage Beyond Lithium” by UUlm and KIT, with participation from ZSW and JLU Giessen won in the final round of the German Excellence Strategy. A fantastic success for the recently founded research platform CELEST coordinating the electrochemical energy storage activities at Ulm & Karlsruhe.