European platform launched to drive research and innovation on batteries
The European Commission has launched a new cross-sector technology platform to drive research and innovation, knowledge transfer competitiveness across the European battery value chain.
The Batteries Europe platform brings together key European stakeholders in the battery research community to support EU competitiveness. The platform will develop roadmaps to spur development of battery projects at both pan-EU and national levels, and help the community share information, best-practice, research and access to finance.
European sustainable energy innovation firm InnoEnergy will lead the platform along with the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE).
Diego Pavia, InnoEnergy’s chief executive, said: “Energy storage is the linchpin technology for the clean energy system of the future, from grid storage to electric vehicles and cordless tools. It is essential that research and innovation agendas are closely aligned with those in industry to make a seamless transition from concept to reality.
“Batteries Europe will bring about a step-change in the way we collaborate, from mining, refining, design and manufacture, to digitalisation and recycling. By ensuring research and industry actions are taken in tandem, the platform can fast-track our progress towards a sustainable and competitive battery supply chain in Europe.”
Over the next three years, the €1m project will help coordinate efforts undertaken by public and private partners through events, thematic meetings and networking opportunities.
Experts believe that battery storage technology could help create savings for the UK to the tune of £8bn by 2030. The start of 2019 has seen a number of developments in this area, including the news that Centrica has completed work on a 49MW battery storage facility on the former site of the Roosecote power station in Cumbria.