Issue 03/2022 | Building a resilient battery ecosystem

Editorial

Welcome battery enthusiasts!

The world landscape has once again changed dramatically since the last newsletter. Anyone who thought that the slight easing of the pandemic situation would also bring global economic activity back into calmer waters was disappointed. Instead, the war in Ukraine is threatening global supply chains. This makes the issue of raw materials in particular increasingly important, especially for the production of battery cells. New situations require new cooperations. This has become abundantly clear in recent months and has already been established through new economic relationships with new players.

We must continue to discourse and work on joint solutions in order to further expand the competencies and production capacities of components and pre-material (e.g. cathode or anode material) of battery cells in Europe. And of course: the key area of recycling is to be strengthened with bundled cooperation efforts. We will continue as a service provider by the side of the battery ecosystem and all European experts, even in troubled times.

Please enjoy our latest news and information bundle – we hope to see you all again, in good health and face to face.

Uwe Seidel and Stefan Wolf
Programme Management IPCEI Battery, VDI/VDE-IT

Market analysis: Heavy commercial vehicles boost future battery demand

The electrification of the automobile sector also includes the powertrain transformation of heavy commercial vehicles. In our “Market Analysis Update Q2 2022“, we focus on how the goods transport segment will influence the demand for battery production capacity in Europe. A simple classification into four use cases serves as a model to estimate the required battery capacities and allows a comparison to the cell demand posed by passenger car production. In this context, we have analysed whether the ramp-up of European battery production will be able to meet the projected demand of the entire automobile industry in the foreseeable future.

The market analysis is available for download in the media & publications section of this website >>

 

IPCEI EuBatIn Member States - projects and accompanying measures

In every issue of European Battery Innovation Quarterly, the IPCEI news section contains briefs on the IPCEI European Battery Innovation member states. Below, you find a short member state profile, with information relating to the IPCEIs and battery ecosystem.

To find out more about the member states and projects, explore the European IPCEI batteries map >>

Sweden: IPCEI projects and accompanying measures

Sweden is at the forefront of battery R&I and is therefore an integral part of the European battery value chain. This is due to a strong legacy of bringing research, industry and education together to facilitate innovations.

Sweden’s EuBatIn participant Northvolt is a supplier of sustainable, high-quality batteries. With the goal of producing the world's greenest battery cells with a minimal carbon footprint, Northvolt is pursuing R&D&I activities that have already led to knowledge exchange and new partnerships both nationally and internationally. 

Support from IPCEI EuBatIn has facilitated the establishment of Europe’s leading R&D centre for next generation advanced battery cells. With 20,000 m2 dedicated to developing novel battery cell materials and product, the new facility will be part of a unique ecosystem of capacities that will catalyse European battery advances and lead to the employment of some 1,000 persons.  

If you need any additional information on the Swedish battery activites, please reach out to us via e-mail>>

GBA: The digital battery passport

The digital battery passport is gaining momentum. Besides progress on the side of the EU regulation, the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) is working on a universally accepted interoperable and transparent approach for the "Battery Passport". More and more partners are joining the GBA and cooperation with complementary initiatives, such as the recently launched German project "Battery Pass", funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), guarantee broad acceptance, compatibility and impact to advance the goal of a sustainable battery value chain.

First editions of necessary guidelines and rulebooks are well advanced. As a start, guidelines will be published shortly for the identification and labelling of batteries and their components, as well as rulebooks that facilitate the calculation of comparable greenhouse gas footprints as well as indices for human rights and child labour.  

For more information or to participate in the development, please contact the GBA via globalbattery.org >>

Invitation: Expert panel on the secure handling of data in globally networked value creation

During a virtual panel discussion dedicated experts will discuss the challenges of data handling in circular economies and debate key statements regarding data governance, using the example of the Battery Passport. The panel will be hosted by the Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Kellner with the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The aim of the roundtable is to reach consensus in a "common declaration", which will be fed into further discussions around the globe.

Learn more and register now for the event >>

Battery Initiative: Presenting the battery ecosystem at the Hannover Messe industry fair

Sustainable battery cell production is a cornerstone for the climate-friendly mobility of the future. This was especially highlighted in the presentation of the battery ecosystem at the booth of the German BMWK at this year's Hannover Messe industry fair.

Industrial innovation projects – notified by the EU – will be the main pillars of a resilient battery ecosystem. Furthermore, measures for transformation, digitalisation and qualification along the value chain are on the agenda and have extensively been discussed on stage and in discussions alongside at the industry fair. Some of the topics we will pick up again in our upcoming newsletters, publications and Battery Live Talks: Stay tuned and join us on LinkedIn to find out about our activities>> covering the topics of qualification and workforce, mechanical and plant enginieering and resilient supply chains.

Explore the topics of sustainability and climate action in the battery ecosystem

On the occasion of the European Conference on Batteries in 2020 the team of the accompanying research has created a multitouch table to explain the topic of batteries, to show the IPCEI activities and to make the battery ecosystem visible.

The contents of the exhibit have now been updated and focus on the key issue sustainability in battery cell production. Ecological as well as economic and social issues are considered. More detailed information on climate protection, circular economy, industrial policy, employment, social concerns and economic efficiency with regard to sustainability are addressed. The updated exhibit was first presented at the Hannover Messe 2022 at the booth of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Explore the contents online in the battery web application on the BMWK website >>

Indonesia is building a green economy

The demand for urgently needed raw materials for battery production cannot be sustained without international partnerships. A major supplier of nickel, cobalt and copper is Indonesia. The country already has a share of around 34% in the field of nickel mine production and 16% in the field of Ni refining, with a strong upward trend.

In April and May of this year, the first exploratory talks for a possible cooperation between interested European parties and high-ranking representatives of the Indonesian government took place in Berlin. The Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, and the Minister for Energy, Arifin Tasrif, were informed by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the programme agency VDI/VDE-IT about the IPCEI activities and confirmed their interest in cooperation. By participating in an investment forum in Frankfurt, we were able to expand our contacts.

The seriousness with which Indonesia is pursuing the issue is evident from the recent establishment of an Indonesian Battery Corporation (IBC) and the opening of an EV battery production facility at the Batang Industrial Estate (KITB) in Central Java province.

For further information, questions and ideas for cooperation please contact us by e-mail >>  

Batteries Europe – Your entry point to the European battery community

Batteries Europe is the central European think tank on battery innovation. The platform collaborates with an open community of European battery experts. This is the place to go, if you want to raise awareness for your research and development ideas.

Together with this community Batteries Europe

  • develops battery KPIs and target frameworks,
  • reviews the status of European battery R&D,
  • observes and connects with international battery innovation systems,
  • prepares the European strategic research and innovation agenda on batteries.

A ll this happens in close cooperation with Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA), Battery 2030+, LiPLANET, the IPCEIs and other European networks.

For questions or further information please contact us by e-mail >>

Invitation: The Battery Innovation Days 2022

The second edition of the Battery Innovation Days is coming back and is set to take place on 13 & 14 September in a hybrid format, in Brussels and online. Today’s key European Research & Innovation initiatives (Batteries Europe, Battery 2030+ and the Batteries European Partnership Association) in partnership with the IPCEI on Batteries and the IPCEI European Battery Innovation, will host a unique hybrid experience designed to bring together numerous key players and experts from the battery field.

Registration is now open for the Battery Innovation Days 2022 event. Come join us and get a better understanding of the main R&I challenges that Europe needs to face in the nearest future.

For registration and information on how to become an exhibitor, sponsor or how to submit to the Battery Young Research Award please visit the webpage >>

Events, conferences & networking

Below, you can find a brief overview of upcoming events and conferences related to the topic of batteries. If you are organising a battery-related conference or other event that you would like to have included in this list of our next quarterly newsletter, please click here to send us an e-mail.

04 July 2022

Expert Panel: Secure handling of data in globally networked value creation
Online event

12 - 14 July 2022

Battery Experts Forum
Online event

19 - 22 July 2022

Junior Euromat 2022
Coimbra, Portugal

21 - 22 July 2022
 

International Conference on Battery Energy Storage
Berlin, Germany

17 - 18 August 2022

Battery Tech Europe 2022
Stuttgart, Germany

05 - 06 September 2022

EV Battery Recycling & Reuse 2022
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

14 - 16 September 2022

ICBR 2022 International Congress for Battery Recycling
Salzburg, Austria

13 - 14 September 2022
 

Battery Innovation Days 2022
Hybrid event: Brussels, Belgium & online
With participation of the IPCEI Batteries & Accompanying Reserach Team

23 September 2022

Battery Day 2022
Online event

26 - 30 September 2022

 

European Sustainable Energy Week
Hybrid event: Brussels, Belgium & online
With participation of IPCEI Batteries

29 September 2022

 

Battery Live Talk
online event

18 - 21 October 2022

Batteries Event 2022
Lyon, France
With a presentation by Uwe Seidel & Dr. Stefan Wolf, VDI/VDE-IT

  

Save the Date: Battery Live Talk

The accompanying research team of the IPCEI programme is continuing its successful monthly Battery Live Talk series on important questions that arise within the battery IPCEIs and the battery ecosystem. We look forward to insightful expert keynotes and interactive discussions with you on key topics such as supply chains, future battery technology and many more.

The next Battery Live Talk will focus on machinery & equipment. The online event will take place on 29 September 2022, from 16.30 - 17.15 CEST.
Registrations will open soon.

More information on upcoming events and on previous Battery Live Talks is available on this website >>

The online event is free of charge and you are kindly invited to join! If you are signed up for this newsletter, you will receive an invitation in due time. We will also announce the Battery Live Talks in our LinkedIn group European Battery Innovation and would be happy to welcome you there.  Join the group to discuss and to network with more than 2,500 battery experts.
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Acknowledgements:
Greger Ledung, Swedish Energy Agency, Sweden

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (VDI/VDE-IT) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) to act as the project management agency and to provide scientific support for the Europe-wide "IPCEI battery cell production" project.

Together with its partners from TÜV Rheinland Consulting and Technical University of Berlin the accompanying research team provides analytics, dissemination and networking activities for the German IPCEI projects.

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Department Mobility, Energy and Future Technologies
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