BatCAT – Battery Cell Assembly Twin

Quick facts:

The Battery Cell Assembly Twin (BatCAT) project will create a digital twin for battery manufacturing.

Timeframe: 01 Jan 2024 – 30 Jun 2027

Funding: EU Horizon Europe

About the BatCAT project

BatCAT is a research and innovation project funded by the EU’s “Horizon Europe” programme. The project is a collaboration between 18 partner organisations from 9 European countries, including IndiScale GmbH.

The project aims to create a digital twin for battery manufacturing by developing a cross-chemistry data space for two technologies: Li-ion and Li-S coin cells and redox flow batteries. The project will also address three challenges in digital manufacturing: Design, operation, and trust.

BatCAT is closely connected to BIG-MAP and BATTERY 2030+, EOSC, EMMC, and OntoCommons, ensuring a community and industry uptake of the results.

Project Goals for IndiScale

IndiScale will support the project partners with data management services and develop our flag ship product LinkAhead into a collaborative and federated Data and Knowlegde Management System (DKMS) for research data with functionality for
finding and sharing data and knowlegde in a transinstitutional, translateral Data Space.

LinkAhead will be deployed at the sites of four BatCAT partners in four countries and collect metadata and data from experiments, simulations and modelling, battery cell assembly lines, and analysis. It will assure FAIR data management best practices, enable collaboration among the partner, long-time preservation of results and feed an interoperable Digital Twin Platform for battery cell design and assembly.

LinkAhead is a core component of the overall architecture of the BatCAT project. BatCAT will showcase the versatility of LinkAhead in the battery development realm which is highly strategically important for the European Union. This will boost the visibility of LinkAhead as a powerful tool for industrial-scale data management in this field and beyond.

24 Months Until Demo Day

Over the course of 24 month, until December 2025, IndiScale will develop many new features which will also benefit LinkAhead users in general:

  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management.
  • Sharing and collaborating on LinkAhead schema entities (e.g. RecordTypes, Properties) to enable users from different institutions to develop new domain-specific and optimized meta data standards and make it easiert to harmonize data from heterogenious sources.
  • Indexing and searching of data stored in federated LinkAhead instances accross institutional and national borders.
  • Interoperabiltity with Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) and other third-party software used by the consortial partners.
  • Interoperabiltity with sensors and actuators for Industry 4.0 applications.
  • Performance and UI/UX improvements which we can realize due to the feedback of an active community of users from diverse backgrounds and because we can collect telemetry data and real-world example data from extensive usage during the project.

The major part of developement will be concluded with the public demo of the federated DKMS by the end of 2025. The remainder of the project period until June 2027 IndiScale will evaluate and validate the improvements and monitor the technical side of the data management of the project.


This project is receiving funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101137725.


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