Many new ideas to fine-tune the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap

2019-11-22

On 20 November over 200 stakeholders from industry and academia had gathered at Vrije University in Brussels to discuss the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap draft.

The BATTERY 2030+ workshop ”Building the roadmap for inventing the batteries of the future” started with opening notes by Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President in charge of the European Battery Alliance.

”I very much appreciate your forward-looking work under Battery 2030+. We need to mobilise the efforts of the European research community into future battery technologies.”

His speech focused on the ambition to make Europe become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and the need to gather large European research efforts to tackle the challenges in cooperation with the industry.

“Combining short and longer-term efforts are at the core of our European strategy that is already starting to bear fruit.”

Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President in charge of the European Battery Alliance.

The opening notes were followed by a presentation about the BATTERY 2030+ initiative by Professor Kristina Edström, Coordinator of BATTERY 2030+, where she highlighted the ambitions of the initiative and the expected outcome of the day.

“One of the outcomes I hope for today is that we shall come up with ideas about new research and innovation actions. What do you think is important?”

Next on the agenda was the keynote speech by Dr. Khalil Amine about the global challenges for the battery revolution, where he shared his rich experiences from the global battery research field.

A panel discussion with Thomas Skordas (Director of the Digital Excellence and Science, Infrastructure, European Commission DG-CNECT), Kristina Edström (Professor and coordinator of BATTERY 2030+, Patrick de Metz (Saft), Fabrice Stassin (Umicore) and Stefan Deix (Eucar) gave perspectives from the industry’s point of view, as well as insights on how batteries are being prioritized by the European Commission and what challenges the field have to tackle.

The panel discussion was led by Edel Sheridan, Leader for Strategic Development Batteries at Sintef.

Then the focus was shifted towards the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap, which was presented by Simon Perraud, Deputy Director at CEA Liten and Deputy Coordinator of BATTERY 2030+.  

“The research activities proposed can potentially impact several battery chemistries. It is not about developing a specific chemistry, but more of a general toolbox that can impact several battery chemistries.”

The research areas and future challenges highlighted in the roadmap were then discussed by a panel with members from the BATTERY 2030+ consortium.

In the afternoon the specific research areas of the roadmap were discussed in smaller groups and many new ideas were gathered to fine-tune the roadmap.

“I appreciated the interaction between the consortium and audience during the day. In this way we really connected with the community”, says Margherita Moreno, permanent researcher at ENEA research center.

The participants had the opportunity to answere and ask questions via a live polling app.

“This was an opportunity for stakeholders to get together and for the researchers to see how strong the support is from the Commission. And for me as a member of the BATTERY 2030+ writing team, it was important to see that we could still get valuable input that we have to think about in order to improve the roadmap and make a more comprehensive approach”, says Professor Maximilian Fichtner, Helmholtz-Institute Ulm.

The next version of the roadmap will be presented to the European Commission in Feb 2020.

Josefin Svensson