Low dew point climate control for battery research at University of Birmingham

Munters, global leaders in energy efficient climate control solutions, was approached by the University of Birmingham to build a bespoke turnkey battery dry room and HVAC plant for their vital battery research.  Munters has extensive expertise in this field, with dehumidification solutions installed in approximately half of the world’s lithium-ion battery production facilities.   

The Energy Materials Group at the University of Birmingham works with moisture sensitive materials such as lithium-ion, sodium-ion, and solid-state chemistries.  All of these materials require very dry climate conditions to prevent damage, explosive reactions, and to ensure product integrity.

Munters agreed to be principle contractor for this project, and as the research team had worked in existing Munters low dew point facilities installed in other industry and academic settings in the past, expectations of a comparable facility here were extremely high.

One of the key challenges encountered during this project was working within a grade II listed building.  “The added complexity of working within a listed building presented a number of challenges throughout the project, including working around pillars, matching existing building louvers that were over 20 years old, and complying with increased planning and building regulations” says Paul Richards, Munters Project Manager.

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