The first virtual workshop of the LiPLANET project consortium took place on April 16, 2020

Despite the pending Corona-Crisis, the LiPLANET project consortium sticks to its self-proclaimed goals and uses the available resources to achieve its milestones. The originally planned physical workshop was replaced by an online WebEx conference. The project partners worked on important details, like the structure of the LiPLANET network, the legal framework thereof, the setup of the external advisory board, the topics of the future expert groups and a questionnaire for potential members. Furthermore, the consortium discussed the status in all current work packages and developed new concepts for the remaining project’s duration. Vibrant discussions between the participants were held and the workshop was deemed a success.

The structure of the LiPLANET network is now defined

The network structure has been finalised. The exemplary structure (shown in Figure 1) comprises five different bodies: the body of members, the expert groups, the executive board, the CEO and the external advisory board. The event of founding the network is planned for 2021, the second half of the project duration.

LiPLANET expert groups set up: the expert within the LiPLANET Network have been set up. The groups will boost the exchange between the Network members, discuss specific topics and identify steps that are needed to further advance the project, be it through workshops, trainings or collaborations with other expert groups or external entities.

The six expert groups that are set at the start of the Network are:

1. Materials Processing and Safety

2. Production Technology and Sustainability

3. Cell Design and Recyclability

4. Education and Training

5. Scientific Exchange and IP

6. Digitalisation, Measurement Methods and Quality.

These groups, led by a chair each, were designed to cover the whole battery manufacturing process while having only little overlaps. However, the groups have the freedom to develop additional topics and new expert groups might arise in the future. The chairs of the expert groups will stay in close contact with the executive board.

The Data Exchange Platform is taking shape

One of the goals of LiPLANET is to promote exchange between the battery research pilot lines in Europe. This exchange relates to exchange of information and know-how, which often narrows down to the exchange of data between the network members.

Hence, one of the core activities in the LiPLANET project is to create a secure Data Exchange Platform (DEP) that enables the efficient and secure exchange of different kind of data among the LiPLANET project partner consortium and, once the network is set up, the LiPLANET network members.

Most documents that will be shared will be within the range of MS Office documents, however, the DEP needs to be able to handle a wide band width of different data types and metadata. In addition, social and organization processes and workflows should be supported, for example for revising and publishing files or commenting on the file. Since the extent of the data exchange can only be anticipated at the current stage of the network, the DEP needs to be flexible for future adaptions of its structure.

Based on the defined goals and requirements, a framework for the DEP is proposed. It revolves around a file storage system made for the exchange of documents within the network and databases that contain structured data as input for dedicated views on the LiPLANET website or the web interface of the DEP. The DEP is accessible through a web interface, so that users can interact with the stored files, by uploading, editing and publishing files and their respective metadata. The file storage will be structured into categories, such as sites, sub-sites or folders, that can each be managed individually. For example, the expert groups can each have a dedicated site or folder in the DEP with access restricted to the expert group members.

The databases contain information such as publications, mapping results data or training data. A dedicated view for each database can be developed in order to ease interaction with the data. The DEP needs to be supported by a background system that manages relevant processes, such as user, roles and rights management, technical processes and important workflows for instance the revision, commenting and publishing of documents.

The system will likely be based on an enterprise content management (ECM) system, since they offer the most functionalities already included in the software. However, a final selection will be made by the LiPLANET project consortium based on a detailed description of the functionalities and related costs.