First Batteries Europe Stakeholder Meeting
Driven by the shared ambition of making Europe a major stakeholder in the global battery sector the European Battery Alliance (EBA), launched on October 11th 2017 by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in charge of the Energy Union, has been created to reinforce and develop a sustainable European battery ecosystem covering the entire battery value chain.
The European Technology & Innovation Platform (ETIP) on batteries, named BatteRIes Europe, is one of the actions of the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries, adopted by the European Commission in May 2018. It will move forward the work on batteries developed under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan Action 7) and the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA).
BatteRIes Europe will be the “one-stop shop” for the battery-related R&I in Europe. It will gather research, industry as well as representatives from several Commission Services and Member States in order to identify, prioritise and co-ordinate the main research and innovation needs for the whole battery value chain in Europe.
The ambition is to make the ETIP a place where relevant stakeholders (Research community, Industrial actors, Commission services and Member States, -including their regional governments) will not only exchange and coordinate their efforts on Batteries R&I, but also mobilize resources to implement R&I activities in the field. BatteRIes Europe will facilitate and encourage communications, between the many stakeholders and ensure synergies, with the result being greater than the sum of all individual efforts. BatteRIes Europe provides the battery community with a forum to spearhead actions to execute the R&I priorities for batteries identified under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan among others, thereby accelerating the establishment of a globally competitive European battery industry. BatteRIes Europe will go beyond SET-Plan and STRIA boarders and will reach out to other pertinent research initiatives such as the Battery2030+ initiative, Interregional partnership on advanced battery materials, European Innovation Partnership on Raw materials, etc.
The first stakeholder meeting in Brussels is aiming at establishing the overall structure of the ETIP for the coming three years.
The agenda will soon be available.