The Batt4EU Partnership Board has decided to insert a new topic into the Batt4EU Work Programme ’24 to further the development of a materials acceleration platform for sustainable batteries.
This topic was foreseen to be funded in the Work Programme ’22, but no project was awarded. The budget foreseen for this project in the WP ’22 has been used to fund projects and other parts of the battery value chain like recycling and battery systems for mobility. The topic on the material acceleration platform has been reinstated in the WP’24 as private and public partners see this topic as a cornerstone for the development of a competitive European value chain. You can find more information on this topic in the updated Horizon Europe Work Programme for 2023-2024.
While this change means that there is less overall funding for the battery recycling topic in the WP’24, the budget per project has been increased. Furthermore, the topic ‘Accelerated multi-physical and virtual testing for battery aging, reliability and safety evaluation” will be postponed to a later Work Programme. The members of the Partnership Board understand that this allows for more time to build on the results of the ongoing Batt4EU projects on testing, which can benefit the future topic.