The European Batteries R&I Community

 

 

The European Batteries R&I Community is the tagline describing four initiatives collaborating in the battery sector; BEPA, Batteries Europe, Battery 2030+ and the two IPCEI. What makes these initiatives a community is their joint mission to drive European research and innovation in the field of batteries. Their mission is concretized in the co-organisation of activities, events, official statements and the joint publications.
“It is a remarkable achievement to have 4 initiatives in the battery world to join forces towards a common goal. Our new umbrella logo translates this vision of a community sharing the same ambition. ” Micheal Lippert, Director at SAFT, President of BEPA, Chairman of the Board at Batteries Europe

Every year, The European Batteries R&I Community co-organises the Battery Innovation Days, a hybrid event of captivating dialogue among the research community, policy makers, scientists and industry representatives to discuss the future of battery R&I in Europe. During the third edition of this event, the four initiatives have publicly presented their new common visual identity showing reinforced collaboration and alignment as a community. Their joint booth saw the tagline of ”The European Batteries R&I Community”

 

Batteries Europe

Batteries Europe, the European Technology and Innovation Platform on batteries, provides the community with a forum to spearhead research and Innovation actions so to accelerate the establishment of a globally competitive European battery Industry.

Batteries Europe and the BATT4EU Partnership have a similar ambition. However, while Batteries Europe aims mainly at identifying, in a holistic way, all the R&I needs across the battery value-chain at every TRL level; the BATT4EU Partnership focuses on prioritising (within the strategic inputs provided mainly by the ETIP), the most urgent R&I priorities to be addressed within the Horizon Europe Work Programme in order to make the European battery industry more competitive and sustainable.

Because of their similarities, the two initiatives collaborate closely. Currently, BEPA and Batteries Europe are working in integrated working groups to develop together a common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, to give a unified voice for the European battery research community. Along with this, BEPA and Batteries Europe also work together in Task Forces on transversal topics across the battery value chain. Finally, Batteries Europe also serves as an Advisory Committee in BEPA facilitating information exchange and coordination between the Horizon Europe Partnerships, Member States, relevant regions and other structures directly addressing different parts of the batteries value chain.

Battery 2030+

The BATTERY 2030+ initiative is a large-scale initiative that creates a chemistry-neutral toolbox for transforming the way we develop and design batteries. This will provide the EU industry with disruptive technologies and a competitive edge throughout the entire battery value chain.

The BATT4EU Partnership has built a strong collaboration with the BATTERY 2030+ initiative (Coordination and Support Action funded under the Horizon 2020 programme) which is the large-scale and long-term European research initiative with the vision of inventing the sustainable batteries of the future, providing European industry with disruptive technologies and a competitive edge throughout the battery value chain. 

IPCEIs

IPCEIs are Important Projects of Common European Interest, A transnational project with an important contribution to the growth, employment and competitiveness of the EU industry and economy funded by state aid. Both IPCEIs have in common that their participants represent the complete value chain , from material through the cells to the battery system.

In December 2019, the European Commission approved under EU State aid rules a first Important Project of Common European Interest (“IPCEI”) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries. The seven Member States will provide in the coming years up to approximately €3.2 billion in funding for this project, which is expected to unlock an additional €5 billion in private investments.

Objective

More specifically, the project focuses on 4 specific areas:

  • Raw and advanced materials: The project aims to develop sustainable innovative processes allowing extraction, concentration, refining and purification of ores to generate high-purity raw materials. With respect to advanced materials (such as cathodes, anodes and electrolytes), the project aims to enhance existing materials or create new ones, to be used in innovative battery cells.
  • Cells and modules: The project aims to develop innovative cells and modules designed to meet the safety, and performance required for both automotive and non-automotive applications (e.g. stationary energy storage, power tools, etc.).
  • Battery systems:The project aims to develop innovative battery systems including battery management software and algorithms as well as innovative test methods.
  • Repurposing, recycling and refining: The project aims to design safe and innovative processes for collection, dismantling, repurposing, recycling and refining of recycled materials.

A second project complements the first IPCEI and using the same investment scheme was approved by the Commission in January 2021.

Called “European Battery Innovation”, this project was jointly prepared and notified by twelve Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden) who will provide up to €2.9 billion in funding in the coming years to further support research and innovation in the battery value chain.

Objective

The project will cover the entire battery value chain from extraction of raw materials, design and manufacturing of battery cells and packs, and finally the recycling and disposal in a circular economy, with a strong focus on sustainability. It is expected to contribute to the development of a whole set of new technological breakthroughs, including different cell chemistries and novel production processes, and other innovations in the battery value chain, in addition to what will be achieved thanks to the first battery IPCEI.

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