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Technical expertise across the battery and energy storage value chain

R&D, product design, technology selection, procurement, manufacturing, recycling: We support the entire industry value chain from manufacturers to project developers and investors.


Dr. Jochen Mähliß
Jan Geder
Andreas Hauser

Energy storage presents opportunities – but also challenges

Energy storage is poised for exponential growth, and this will call for the active involvement of the renewable energy industry, utilities, automotive manufacturers, and financial and insurance institutions. The common factor in all these organizations is that energy storage is not their core business. On top of that, storage presents a diverse set of challenges and risks that must be overcome.

Support across the storage value chain

Our clients represent a large part of the energy storage value chain. Whether an organization is looking to manufacture batteries, combine their core products with an energy storage system (ESS), deploy ESS to provide ancillary grid services, re-purpose automotive batteries for second-life applications, or invest in a storage project, the VDE Global Energy Storage Competence Cluster can support them.

ESS support

Expertise through the Global Energy Storage Competence Cluster

The dynamic market and the rapid development of new storage products require an internationally oriented approach. In order to effectively serve the global industry and remain at the forefront of the latest trends and innovations, VDE Renewables, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and the Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC) have established a Global Energy Storage Competence Cluster (GECC), with VDE Prime Labs present in key regions around the world – Asia, Europe and the Americas. This network empowers us to continuously improve our collective know-how and technical services.

VDE GECC graphic

Our ESS service portfolio

Categorized according to customer segment

Categorized according to technical area

Services for manufacturers

  • Component certification based on international standards
  • Development and implementation of in-house quality criteria
  • Consultancy on standards and market access requirements
  • Technical support in the assembly of storage systems
  • Accident forensics, error analyses for risk minimization
  • Tailored analyses of battery cells and packs


Services for project developers

  • Support in creating requirement specifications
  • Analysis of load profiles
  • Simulation-based system design and component dimensioning
  • Yield prediction
  • Recommendations on component selection
  • Regular and unannounced audits at manufacturers
  • End-of-line tests at production lines
  • Grid interconnection compliance
  • Ongoing quality monitoring


Services for banks and investors

  • Economic feasibility studies
  • Performance guarantee and other insurance products (through insurance partners)
  • Bankability and investability certification for entire power plants 


Through our VDE PrimeLabs


Independent engineering & prototyping

  • Development & design of batteries for:
    • Portable electronics
    • E-mobility
    • Stationary storage
  • Prototyping of battery systems
  • Thermal management solutions
  • Development support with consulting and testing for energy storage systems


Research & development support

  • New materials implementation
  • Optimization of cell properties and operating conditions
  • Optimization of cell design
  • Sourcing of materials
  • Technology scouting
  • Training & consulting


Why work with VDE?

  • Globally recognized team with extensive technical competence across battery and other renewable energy technologies
  • Proven track record with field experience
  • Close links to the finance and insurance sectors allow us to directly support clients with bankability, investability and insurability matters
  • Laboratories offering state-of-the-art solutions present in key regions: Singapore, Germany, USA