The newly-announced BATT4EU partnership programme is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the European Commission and BEPA, the Batteries European Partnership Association.
BATT4EU is a public-private partnership – under the framework of the Horizon Europe programme – that aims to develop a world-class European research and innovation ecosystem on batteries for both stationary and mobile applications. This initiative is mainly motivated by the fact that only a long-lasting and coordinated effort involving industry, research and the public sector can live up to the challenge and bring predictability to the European battery stakeholders.
As the EU aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, batteries have a key role in the clean energy transition by helping to decarbonise transport and enable a higher integration of renewable energy sources in our electricity mix.
The BATT4EU programme for zero-emission mobility and energy storage
«BEPA shows that in Europe there is a great interest as well as know-how for the development of a competitive battery value chain. Thanks to BATT4EU, the European battery community will work hands in hands to prepare Europe to manufacture and commercialise by 2030 the next-generation battery technologies that will enable the rollout of the zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage, thus directly contributing to the success of the European Green Deal», commented Michael Lippert, Chair of BEPA.
A direct contribution to the goals of the European Green Deal
Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet for DG RTD adds: «The partnerships with industry that are being supported in Horizon Europe are ambitious, impact-driven initiatives that respond to EU policy priorities. The BATT4EU partnership contributes directly to the goals of the European Green Deal by enabling widespread adoption of e-mobility and stationary electrical energy storage. It will also create economic growth and jobs in a circular economy by developing an innovative, competitive and sustainable battery manufacturing industry in Europe».
Less than 1 percent of global lithium-ion battery cells are made in Europe
As a matter of fact, the demand for batteries is continuously growing, while the production of batteries is still highly concentrated in Asia. For instance, less than 1 percent of global lithium-ion battery cells are currently manufactured in Europe, compared to over 90 percent in Asia.
By mobilising 925 million euros, the partnership will boost research and innovation to develop a variety of differentiated technologies that will result in a competitive, sustainable and circular European battery value chain.