The Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) is the international non-profit making association (AISBL) representing the private-side of the BATT4EU Partnership. It gathers the European battery community willing to contribute to the ambitious upcoming Research & Innovation Batteries Partnership under Horizon Europe.
The main activity of BEPA is thus to provide input and advice to the European Commission in order to contribute to the identification of priorities of research and innovation activities and the definition of call topics to be included in the Horizon Europe Work Programmes.
In addition, key activities of BEPA include:
BEPA supports and oversees the portfolio of projects funded under the Horizon Europe Work Programmes, monitors their execution phase and supports their exploitation of results and upscaling.
BEPA’s Task Force on Education and Skills development helps to identify the gaps in terms of education, training and skills development throughout the European battery value-chain.
The main mission of BEPA is to provide recommendations for calls for proposals supported within the specific parts of the Horizon Europe Work Programmes related to batteries. This work is done within the BEPA Working Groups.
The BEPA Working Groups also implement and regularly update the commonly agreed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for batteries.
BEPA creates and reinforces networks between the battery industry (including start-ups and SMEs), RTOs, universities and other organisations, and ensures synergies with other European Partnerships and initiatives.
BEPA actively promotes and monitors the innovation uptake of battery EU-funded projects. Thanks to its Task-Force dedicated to Innovation uptake, BEPA offers the appropriate support to EU-funded projects to ensure that their results will be considered for innovation uptake. This support could for example include match-making activities with relevant investors.
BEPA supports the development of EU regulations on battery standard especially on safety and sustainability.
BEPA also monitors and coordinates with non-EU-funded projects related to batteries.
BEPA supports and oversees the portfolio of EU-funded projects under Horizon Europe Work Programmes and help disseminating their results.
To create and reinforce networks between the battery industry, research, universities and other organisations, BEPA regularly organises workshops, webinars and brokerage events (including its annual event: the Battery Innovation Days).