The Batteries Europe Technology and Innovation Platform has published today its vision on short-term research and innovation priorities for the European battery value chain. The document is the result of the joint effort of renowned battery experts from both industry and research organisations all over Europe.
The Director General of the Energy department of the European Commission Ditte Juul Jørgensen said “I am glad to receive the first important output by this new and buoyant structure created a year ago through the cooperation of different Commission services. This is the first time that we have an integrated view on battery research priorities along the whole value chain coming from industry and the research community. This is an important input into the preparation of Horizon Europe and should also facilitate the initiatives of Member States”.
Steering research and innovation efforts is essential for strengthening European competitiveness in the battery value chain, and funding for clean technologies is an important support for Europe’s journey in becoming the first carbon-neutral continent.
EASE Vice-President and Chair of the Governing Board of Batteries Europe Michael Lippert stated “I am proud Batteries Europe could deliver this comprehensive 200 pages document which outlines detailed proposals for short term R&I priorities our experts consider critical for the European battery industry now on in a longer term future. I express my gratitude to all the experts, to the facilitators’ team from InnoEnergy, EERA and EASE and to my fellow Governing board members. Very soon Batteries Europe will also propose its longer-term vision for batteries research and innovation. Stay tuned!”
The research and innovation priority topics proposed by Batteries Europe range from sustainable processing of battery raw materials to advanced methods of sorting and recycling of batteries, as well as the development of next generation batteries for e-mobility and stationary storage from advanced materials. Manufacturing techniques and batteries integration in key user applications also receive great attention. Batteries Europe does not limit its short-term priorities to short-term goals, but looks also at longer-term challenges where work needs to be kickstarted without delay. Topic proposals addressing longer term R&I needs were prepared in cooperation with the Battery 2030+ initiative.
The Commission has received proposals for 30 detailed priority topic descriptions as defined by the Batteries Europe community. They will feed into the discussions of the nascent Batteries Partnership under Horizon Europe.
For more information, a detailed summary and a short overview of the proposals tabled by Batteries Europe are available here.