On 23 June 2021, during the European Research and Innovation Days, the European Commission and BEPA – the Batteries European Partnership Association – signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) officially launching BATT4EU – the co-programmed partnership under Horizon Europe (the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union).

BATT4EU is a public-private partnership that aims to develop a world-class European research and innovation ecosystem on batteries for both stationary and mobile applications. This initiative is mainly motivated by the fact that only a long-lasting and coordinated effort involving industry, research and the public sector can live up to the challenge and bring predictability to the European battery stakeholders.

Michael Lippert, Chair of BEPA, commented “With more than 165 members, BEPA shows that in Europe there is a great interest as well as know-how for the development of a competitive battery value chain. Thanks to BATT4EU, the European battery community will work hands in hands to prepare Europe to manufacture and commercialise by 2030 the next-generation battery technologies that will enable the rollout of the zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage, thus directly contributing to the success of the European Green Deal.

Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet for DG RTD adds: “The partnerships with industry that are being supported in Horizon Europe are ambitious, impact-driven initiatives that respond to EU policy priorities. The BATT4EU partnership contributes directly to the goals of the European Green Deal by enabling widespread adoption of e-mobility and stationary electrical energy storage. It will also create economic growth and jobs in a circular economy by developing an innovative, competitive and sustainable battery manufacturing industry in Europe. I particularly look forward to the synergies BATT4EU will create with other partnerships to ensure maximum impact, and wish for our common success with BEPA!”

As the EU aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, batteries have a key role in the clean energy transition by helping to decarbonise transport and enable a higher integration of renewable energy sources in our electricity mix.

The demand for batteries is continuously growing, however, the production of batteries is still highly concentrated in Asia: for instance, less than 1% of global lithium-ion battery cells are currently manufactured in Europe, compared to over 90% in Asia.

Europe needs to catch up in this important area and it will do so by putting environmental sustainability and circularity at the heart of its battery production in order to address the ambitions of the green energy transition.

By mobilising 925 million euros, the partnership will boost research and innovation to develop a variety of differentiated technologies that will result in a competitive, sustainable and circular European battery value chain.

On 25-27 May 2021, the SMARTSPEND project will hold its Online Conference “European Conference on Risk Access Finance for the Clean Tech Sector”.


The Conference will gather speakers from investment institutes, European and national institutions, funding programme managers and clean energy innovators in the mornings and will be followed by match-making sessions on the afternoons of the event days.

The SMARTSPEND Consortium invites you to save the date – book your calendars now and get ready to match with the right clean energy tech opportunity for you!

On 25-27 May 2021, SMARTSPEND, a project aiming to improve and increase public and private funding for clean energy technology research and innovation will organise an online conference. “European Conference on Risk Access Finance for the Clean Tech Sector“ will be divided into two parts: morning sessions with interesting speakers and afternoon matchmaking sessions. ZABALA is a partner of the project in the representation of ETIP SNET.

The objectives of the conference are to showcase the EU’s funding offers for clean energy demonstration projects, make public and private Financial providers better aware of the energy community’s funding needs, and connect with representatives of public and private financial organisations through an online matchmaking event.

The target of the conference

The conference targets the following stakeholders:

  1. Clean energy solution providers from research & private sector that develop new technical solutions to enable the clean energy transition in Europe
  2. Public funding programme authorities in the clean energy sector who propose public funding schemes, through grants or loans, in the clean energy sector at the EU, national or regional level
  3. The private cleantech finance sector ready to fund clean energy technology solutions with high potential

Four sessions

The conference is divided into 4 sessions:

1. The EU’s funding and financing offer: new tools for a new decade

Session 1 will provide a better understanding of the latest EU funding schemes for clean energy technology and answer the energy community’s specific questions regarding 2 types of EU funds InvestEU and ETS Innovation Fund.

2. National/regional funding opportunities: exploitable synergies to accelerate the clean energy transition

The Session 2 will present further funding opportunities which finance clean energy technologies at the national or regional level It will focus particularly on the ESIF ERDF opportunities the brand new Just Transition Mechanism and more precisely, on how these funding schemes can be combined with other funding opportunities.

3. Unlock Private Funding for clean energy demonstration projects

In Session 3, the deeper knowledge of private funding for clean energy technologies will be presented. Typical preconditions that demonstration projects should gather in order to get private funding will be defined.

4. How to successfully access funding schemes to achieve clean energy transition and the EU 2030 climate targets?

ZABALA and EUREC will present two of the main findings of the SMARTSPEND project, through the reports Funding instruments for energy transition and Alternative funding instruments.
The Session 4 will provide hands-on feedback from 2 successful applicants on their experiences, recommendations and best practices with related funds.

Matchmaking event

The matchmaking event is dedicated to Clean Tech Developers to help them find the best funding opportunity to bring ideas to life. Through face2face meetings in 20-minute timeslots, the participants will have space to pitch their innovative solutions.


Check the speakers and programme here
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Programme of the online event

Day 1

9:30 – 9:50 – Welcome and introduction (watch this session)
9:50 – 10:20 – Policy context (watch this session)
10:20 – 10:35 – Intervention logic, Strategic Plan, and overview of Cluster 5 (watch this session)
10:35 – 10:50 – Q&A session (watch this session)
11:00 – 13:00 – Destination 4 – Efficient, sustainable and inclusive energy use (watch this session)
11:00 – 13:00 – Destination 6 – Safe Resilient Transport and Smart Mobility services for passengers and goods – Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) (watch this session)
11:00 – 13:00 – Destination 2 – Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition – Breakthrough technologies; Citizens and stakeholder engagement (watch this session)
14:00 – 16:00 – Destination 1 – Climate sciences and responses for the transformation towards climate neutrality (watch this session)
14:00 – 16:00 – Destination 3 – Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply – Energy systems, grids and storage (watch this session)
14:00 – 16:00 – Destination 6 – Safe Resilient Transport and Smart Mobility services for passengers and goods – Multimodal and sustainable transport systems; Safety and resilience (watch this session)
16:15 – 17:00 – Funding opportunities in other programme parts (watch this session)
16:15 – 17:00 – Destination 3 – Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply – Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS); Cross-cutting topics (watch this session)
16:15 – 17:00 – Destination 5 – Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes – Aviation (watch this session)


Day 2

9:30 – 12:00 – Destination 3 – Sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply – Global leadership in renewable energy (watch this session)
9:30 – 12:00 – Destination 5 – Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes – Waterborne transport (watch this session)
9:30 – 11:00 – Destination 2 – Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition – A competitive and sustainable European battery value chain (watch this session)
11:00 – 12:00 – Horizon Europe Missions (watch this session)
12:00 – 13:00 – Other funding opportunities (watch this session)
12:00 – 13:00 – Cross-cutting issues (watch this session)
14:00 – 16:30 – Horizontal issues – Grant agreement; audit process; submission and evaluation (watch this session)
16:30 – 16:45 – Wrap up and closure (watch this session)

The event will take place online on 23 and 24 June 2021, allowing everyone to get involved from anywhere.

This year marks the start of Horizon Europe, our most ambitious EU research and innovation programme ever and will be a decisive moment to strengthen our European Research Area. Cooperation in research and innovation is essential in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and will pave the way to a greener and more digital future. The European Research and Innovation Days represent a unique opportunity to add your voice to the conversation.

The event is all about collaboration: bringing together individuals and experts from all areas to build connections and ignite a brighter future.

Also don’t forget to join the European Research and Innovation Exhibition opening during the event on 23-24 June. The Exhibition, will showcase over 100 EU-funded projects that have impacted on our daily lives!

Stay tuned for more news and updates!

BEPA has recently launched the call for registration to its Working Groups: Only BEPA Members can register in a Working Group. They have  until 31 May to name their candidates.

The Technical Working Groups will be the main BEPA bodies tasked with identifying and shaping the key R&I priorities for batteries that will be shared with the European Commission. The Technical Working Groups are essential in developing the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the yearly Work Programmes for the Horizon Europe calls going forward.

There will be five technical, permanent Working Groups correspond to five distinct R&I areas key to achieve a competitive, sustainable European battery industrial manufacturing capability and to enable zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage integration:

Kick-off meetings of the Technical Working Group will be in June, where the attending members will also elect a Core Team who will lead the Working Groups.

Brussels, 31 March 2021 – Last week, the Second General Assembly of the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA a.i.s.b.l.) – the private-side association of the Batteries European Partnership under Horizon Europe – gathered more than 150 participants who strive to advance battery research and grow the industry for Europe.

The meeting started with the announcement of the new official name of the Batteries European Partnership: “Batt4EU” (meaning Batteries for Europe) and was followed by a presentation from Philippe Froissard (Head of Unit at DG RTD, D2, “Future Urban & Mobility Systems”) who shared the expectations of the European Commission towards the Batt4EU Partnership.

One of the key points of the General Assembly was to present to the BEPA members the current version of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – the founding contractual agreement which will be signed between the European Commission and BEPA in the coming months – as well as the current version of two crucial documents which will be attached to the MoU: the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the Monitoring Framework of the Partnership.

After discussing BEPA budget and plan of activities for 2021, the election of a new representative in BEPA governing positions took place. Federico Cartasegna (Innovation Manager at FPT Industrial) was elected as delegate for the category “other battery applications industry” in BEPA’s Association Delegation. (The updated list of BEPA elected representatives is available below).

With more than 144 members (of which 58 are industry members, 57 research organisations and 29 associations and others), the next steps for the association will be now:

For more information regarding BEPA (including how to apply to become a member), please consult our members’ section:

Press contact:
Communication Officer –  +32 488 210364
Secretary-General –  +32 471 67 47 29





Chair of the Association:
Michael Lippert, SAFT

Vice-Chair acting as Treasurer of the Association:
Kurt Vandeputte, UMICORE

Research Vice-chair of the Association:
Simon Perraud, CEA


Battery raw materials industry:

Battery advanced materials industry:
Kurt Vandeputte, UMICORE

Battery manufacturing industry:
Michael Lippert, SAFT

Battery manufacturing supply industry:
Carlo Novarese, COMAU

Battery automotive industry:
Franz Geyer, BMW

Other battery applications industry:
Luigi Lanuzza, ENEL X

Battery research members:
Simon Perraud, CEA
Edel Sheridan, SINTEF ENERGI

Philippe Jacques, EMIRI

In addition to the Executive Board members,

Battery raw materials industry:
Tuomas Van der Meer, METSO OUTOTEC

Battery advanced materials industry:
Daniel Gloesener, SOLVAY

Battery manufacturing industry:

Battery manufacturing supply industry:
Stefano Saguatti, MANZ

Battery automotive industry:
Volker Hennige, AVL List
Christophe Petitjean, VALEO

Other battery applications industry:
Laurent Torcheux, EDF
Federico Cartasegna, FPT Industrial

Battery recycling industry:
Tero Holländer, FORTUM

Battery research members:
Oscar Miguel Crespo, CIDETEC
Henning Lorrmann, FRAUNHOFER Gesellschaft
Kristina Edström, UPPSALA University

Patrick Clerens, EASE
Claude Chanson, RECHARGE

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