Exyte opens lab to economise dryroom components for battery production

Shanghai Lab will test and evaluate key components for dryrooms under various conditions in order to design and build cost-effective dryrooms

Opening ceremony of the new dryroom laboratory
(L-R: all Exyte Technology Shanghai): Ren SuFang; Thomas Bernhardt (Managing Director);
Tan XiuLan; Sven Bender (Executive Assistant)

Exyte, the German engineering and construction company that specialises in cleanroom projects, has inaugurated a new hi-tech dryroom laboratory in Shanghai that will allow Exyte to test and evaluate key components for dryrooms under various operating conditions. This is in order to design and build dryrooms for customers in the most cost-effective way possible.

Dryrooms are a key component for customers in the Li-ion battery industry. This latest build will boost Exyte’s capabilities in expanding its battery business as the demand for Li-ion manufacturing capacity is expected to more than double by 2023, due to growth drivers such as e-mobility and stationary storage systems.

The German company designs, engineers and delivers facilities for high-tech industries and has long-standing experience and expertise in controlled environments. Based on this extensive know-how, Exyte filed various patents for ‘advanced dryroom systems’. In order to test and demonstrate these features, Exyte engineered and built the dryroom laboratory located at Exyte’s premises in Shanghai. The dryroom conditions are specified to a dew point as low as -60°C, which is key to ensuring enhanced battery quality.

The facility opened in July this year.

Dr Klaus Eberhardt, Technology Manager at Exyte, said: “Operational kickoff for the dryroom laboratory marks an important milestone for Exyte’s battery business. We are working with many of the leading battery manufacturers, who have expressed strong interest in seeing the dryroom and discussing Exyte’s advanced solutions for their future battery factories.”

The facility will contribute to optimising both, capital and operational expenditures for dryrooms within the battery cell production.

Exyte is positioned as a partner for all battery customers – supporting everything from small and flexible R&D lines through mid-scale pilot plants to large-scale, highly automated factories. Building on its potential in this area, the company is continuously expanding its capabilities spanning the full project lifecycle from consulting, design and engineering to turnkey construction of battery factories, tool installation and commissioning included. The planning and construction of production facilities such as these represents a major technological challenge as the safety and operating requirements are extremely demanding.

Serving complex and controlled high-tech factories, Exyte serves clients globally to the same standards while also adapting to local permit requirements. As the demand for high-tech battery production facilities continues to grow, Exyte expects its battery segment to develop into an important business segment.