Constructive discussions about future research areas
On 4 September the workshop “Building the roadmap for inventing the batteries of the future” was held in Brussels. About 50 members from the organisations Emiri and Earpa had gathered to give feedback on the five research areas outlined in the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap draft.
The workshop was organised by the BATTERY 2030+ partner Emiri (Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) and the association Earpa (European Automotive Research Partners Association), an association of automotive research and development organizations with 52 members ranging from commercial organizations to national institutes and universities. Emiri represents more than 50 organisations from the industry, research institutes and associations within the field of advanced materials for clean energy and clean mobility applications, and is also a member of the core group of BATTERY 2030+.
“What is interesting for Emiri is to have a connection with actors that are further downstream in the value chain and that we can raise issues that will appear on the market”, says Philippe Jacques, Managing Director at Emiri.
One of the topics that was highlighted during the discussions was how the disruptive changes, that are needed in order to advance the field of battery research, can be brought to the market.
“And that is really the purpose of BATTERY 2030+, to look behind the existing technologies and explore how we can develop new approaches. We had interesting discussions that highlighted different opinions in a way that was very constructive”, he says.
Margriet van Schijndel-de Nooij, Secretary General at Earpa, also felt that the discussions were fruitful.
“I have the impression that the participants really liked the openness of the discussions. People were responding to each other trying to get a deeper input, not only giving statements, she says.