Welcome battery enthusiasts!
The last quarter offered long-lost opportunities of meetings at various events and face-to-face discussions on the touching issues of the ecosystem - overdue and absolutely profitable for all stakeholders involved! We especially enjoyed the IPCEI EuBatIn General Assembly and Battery Innovation Days in Brussels, and many discussions with "old" friends.
Together we identified crucial challenges ahead, which we can only solve in joint effort. The global competition for critical materials and skilled workforce is just as much a hurdle for economic development as the unclear situation of energy availability. Talking does not solve problems, but it helps to exchange experiences, at least. Competing activities, such as the US Inflation Reduction Act with its advanced manufacturing production credits do not make life any easier; only an industrial-policy alliance of European industry can improve the situation.
So let's continue to work on common solutions in the coming months. As our contribution, we have assembled again an up-to-date news and information package. Please feel free to read and react, we look forward to your contributions to the discussion and reports on your experiences.
And of course we look forward to seeing you all again, in good health and face to face.
Uwe Seidel and Stefan Wolf
Programme Management IPCEI Battery, VDI/VDE-IT
Regional proximity often proves to be a success factor for economic cooperation. Using existing economic structures and networks – instead of starting from scratch – is helpful for the sustainable development of a new industry and its lasting incorporation in the innovation landscape. High synergy potentials can be achieved if the economic structures and networks are carefully selected.
Our recently published analysis examines how a successful and sustainable development of a battery industry in Europe can succeed. Opportunities for tying in battery ecosystem stakeholders with existing regional economic structures and stakeholder networks are identified. Focus is particularly on cluster initiatives due to their status as key innovation stakeholders in the innovation system, making a decisive contribution to the intra-regional and inter-regional transfer of knowledge and technology.
The analysis provides an overview of the actual state of the new battery ecosystem in Europe. Current and future hotspots for the battery industry in Europe are identified, based on their concentration of relevant, especially well networked stakeholders, or based on nominating the battery industry as a strategic development goal for a region.
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.
“We want to secure a successful climate transformation – and we want to remain an industrialised nation at the same time.”
That is the principle of the German political strategy, declared by German Chancellor Mr. Olaf Scholz recently. Since 2019, the IPCEI projects and various accompanying measures are becoming pillars of a resilient battery ecosystem in Germany and as input for the competitiveness of Europe. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is bundling its local battery activities within the initiative "Battery Cell Manufacturing Germany".
In addition to technical innovation, the focus is primarily on the highest standards of data-security, sustainability and climate friendliness. In particular, R&D projects in the field of battery production technologies and battery recycling, sustainability and digitalization are being promoted and funded. In addition, the focus is on qualification measures. Further aim is to support efficient and innovative solutions for planning and coordinating professional qualification for tasks along the battery value chain and to implement appropriate training measures.
German companies are direct partners in both Battery IPCEIs: Five projects are part of IPCEI on Batteries and nine are working in IPCEI EuBatIn, which is coordinated by Germany. The accompanying measures of the funding agency VDI/VDE-IT comprise more than 100 partners from the industrial and academic sector, R&D institutions and cluster organizations.
After a successful first edition, the Battery Innovation Days event came back this year as a hybrid event in Brussels and online. The conference was presented by key European Research & Innovation initiatives ( Batteries Europe, BATTERY 2030+ and BEPA) and in partnership with the Batteries IPCEIs.
The event gathered industry leaders and renowned scientists from across the globe. In twelve sessions, more than 50 speakers have shared their experience and insights on topics such as strategic autonomy of t he European battery value chain, access to raw materials, future battery technologies, digital twins & manufacturing, the Battery Passport and many more. During various panel discussions, the floor was given, among others, to the European battery initiatives and to the IPCEI EuBatIn programme management, represented by Uwe Seidel, to discuss the strategic orientations for the EU battery value chain. Other panels involved representatives of IPCEI Batteries projects, giving their views e. g. on how to get Europe ready for battery manufacturing.
Representing IPCEI EuBatIn at the exhibition on site and online, we provided extensive information on the IPCEI, the partners involved and the accompanying research activities and were able to connect with battery experts from around the world.
Numerous companies in battery cell production are currently facing the challenge of building up production capacities for their new products and technologies. The mechanical and plant engineering sector has also recognized the signs of the times and now offers a wide range of products for this purpose. Due to the specialization of European mechanical engineering companies, these are solutions for individual manufacturing steps or sub-processes for battery production. A so-called turnkey provider for entire production lines has not yet emerged. For this very reason, the networking of these solution providers with the battery producers is essential to strengthen the entire ecosystem of battery cell production.
On October 4th 2022, the team of the accompanying research on battery cell production together with the German industry association VDMA hosted the networking event "Battery Production of Tomorrow", connecting the battery industry with suppliers of machinery and equipment for battery production. The core of the day: the 1:1 matchmaking between more than 70 participants from the battery ecosystem. In bilateral discussions, new contacts were established and deepened between the battery producers and the machinery and equipment manufactureres.
The following day, the VDMA invited participants to an update on the "Roadmap Battery Production 2030". The study addresses the battery production market and process-related challenges.
For an overview of the members of VDMA Battery Production and their respective expertise in battery production equipment, the online format VDMA Industry Guide “Key to Battery Production” is now available.
The member companies represent the complete value chain of battery production, from electrode manufacturing and cell assembly to module and battery pack assembly. Furthermore, the companies supply production equipment for battery components such as housing, separators, electronic components and for material synthesis.
The new online format features a thematic search function and the possibility to contact the battery experts of the respective companies.
Battery 2030+ is a large-scale, long-term research initiative funded by EU to enhance and accelerate battery research and production. The vision is to invent the sustainable batteries of the future and provide new tools and breakthrough technologies to the European battery industry.
The initiative involves academia, RTO and industry in 24 European countries, coordinated by professor Kristina Edström at Uppsala University, Sweden. It consists of six research projects and one CSA.
The largest project, Big-Map, the Battery Interface Genome – Materials Acceleration Platform, develop models to simulate and predict how battery materials and interfaces evolve. Three of the research projects, Instabat, Sensibat and Spartacus, deal with smart and small sensor devices. Self-healing is the topic for two projects; Hidden hindering dendrite growth, and Bat4ever that equip the Li-ion batteries with self-healing capabilities.
- Sodium ion batteries - More of a challenge than an opportunity for the EU?
- Will sodium ion batteries replace lithium?
- Is Europe too late to keep up with the development in this new technology?
In the upcoming Battery Live Talk, Moderator Kerstin Zehbe will discuss these and other questions with her guests Andreas Bergfelt, Head of Business Development at Altris, and Anselm Lorenzoni, Cell Production Expert at EDAG Production Solution.
Sodium ion batteries are promising: They can operate well in colder temperatures, and sodium is cheap and abundant. Sodium based batteries will be more environmentally friendly and even less expensive than lithium ion batteries are becoming now. Thus, Europe should not miss out on this technology.
We invite you to dive into the topic with us and find out what needs to be done to keep up pace. Listen to insightful presentations and participate in our interactive panel discussion.
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.
27 October 2022
03 - 04 November 2022
3rd Future Battery Forum
07 - 09 November 2022
International Battery Production Conference
14 - 17 November 2022
Transport Research Arena - TRA2022
1 4 - 17 November 2022
Kokkola Material Week
15 - 16 November 2022
Zero CO2 Mobility
24 November 2022
Battery Live Talk: Resilient Supply Chains
16 December 2022
Battery Live Talk: IPCEI Batteries' Year in Review
18 January 2023
26 January 2023
Battery Live Talk: Workforce and Diversity in the Battery Ecosystem
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.
Save the date for the next Battery Live Talks - every last Thursday of the month, from 16.30 - 17.15 CEST.
- 24 November 2022: Resilient Battery Supply Chains
- 15 December 2022: The IPCEI Batteries' year in Review and Outlook on 2023
- 26 January 2023: Workforce and Diversity in the Battery Ecosystem
Registrations will open soon. 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 2,800 battery experts. Follow us on LinkedIn >>
Skeleton is a direct partner of IPCEI European Battery Innovation in Germany.
VDMA Battery Production
The VDMA Battery Production department is the partner for all questions relating to machine and plant construction in the field of battery production. The member companies of the department supply machinery, plants, machine components, tools and services for the entire process chain of battery production: From raw material preparation, electrode production and cell assembly to module and packaging production.
BATTERY 2030+ is the large-scale and long-term European research initiative
with the vision of inventing the sustainable batteries of the future.
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
Berlin-Charlottenburg, HRB 99568
Geschäftsführer: Peter Dortans, Dr. Werner Wilke
Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken
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