Who and why?
Safion is a fast-growing deep-tech company specializing in rapid and accurate prediction of battery performance, life time and safety. We develop solutions for customers along the entire battery value chain - from development to production and integration to onboard diagnostics and second-life reuse.
Our goal is to optimize the development, design and operation of batteries to drive the global electrification of mobility and everyday life. We enable our customers to achieve significant technological performance improvements as well as cost and resource savings.
Who we are
Dr. Alexander Gitis is co-founder and managing partner of Safion. With experience of more than 10 years in technological-economic consulting, he is an expert in the field of industrial quality assurance of lithium-ion batteries. Having led numerous academic and industrial development projects at RWTH Aachen University, Dr. Gitis has an enormously strong network in the automotive and battery industry.
Hendrik Zappen is co-founder and technological director of Safion as well as an expert in software development for battery diagnostics and analysis. He is the inventor of the revolutionary Real-Time-EIS method. As a former researcher at RWTH Aachen University with over 10 years of experience in the battery field, Mr. Zappen has been involved in various innovative development projects and has outstanding technological knowledge.
Georg Fuchs is co-founder and operational director of Safion. He has extraordinary expertise in battery testing and has planned and designed battery systems for almost 10 years in his role as Head of Battery Pack at RWTH Aachen University. Among other things, he also led numerous lifetime analyses and product developments for OEMs and was able to build up an excellent network in the field of battery manufacturing along the way.
Dr. Arne Hendrik Wienhausen leads the development of power electronics and hardware at Safion. With more than 10 years of experience in the development of highly compact power electronics for research and industry, he is outstandingly knowledgeable in the field of hardware for battery diagnostic systems. Dr. Wienhausen has already published more than 30 scientific publications, which have been cited more than 170 times.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer is a professor at RWTH Aachen University and has accompanied Safion as a scientific advisor since its foundation. He is considered a leading scientist in the battery field and is one of the most renowned battery experts in the world. In addition, Prof. Sauer has co-founded several successful ventures in the battery sector and is a board member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering Acatech.
Safion's core is based on a scientifically novel method for battery state diagnosis. After more than 10 years of interdisciplinary research at RWTH Aachen University, our founding team decided to transfer its far-reaching findings into innovative industrial solutions to enable real technological progress.
The combination of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and advanced evaluation algorithms, this is where we see the first and only way of truly understanding the inner processes of batteries. Thanks to years of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, our combined battery knowledge led directly into our product development and formed the cornerstone of our expertise.
We are growing faster and faster. With the hiring of a new colleague, we are already expanding our team size to 25!
After many development projects in the automotive sector, we sell the first ExaMight quality assurance system to a major German automotive OEM.
We are expanding our customer base and delivering an ExaMight quality assurance system for the first time for a customer in electrified aviation.
More space for even more ideas: We are moving to our new facilities in Tempelhofer Straße in Aachen.
Safion enters into a strategic partnership with Digatron to combine competences and expand Safion's international sales. Company founder of Digatron Rolf Beckers with his Beckers Holding acquires a stake in Safion GmbH.
SAFION receives the Spin-off Award 2019 of RWTH Aachen University, the official award for the outstanding spin-off from the university.
"Welcome to the team" for our first new colleagues.
Start of development projects with two major German OEM manufacturers.
SAFION GmbH is founded after more than 5 years of research.