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The European BATTERY 2030+ initiative

The BATTERY 2030+ initiative was launched in March 2019 and is currently supported by a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (CSA). It is based on a multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial approach with support both from the industry and academia. The core group consists of 17 partners, leaders in their fields, from nine European countries. IRIG's MEM and SyMMES laboratories are participating in this European initiative.

Published on 10 December 2019
What will the batteries of the future look like? The BATTERY 2030+ initiative brings research institutions and industry together to develop next generation of ultra-performing, sustainable and safe batteries.

Europe can gain a decisive advantage by efficiently linking and channelling these disciplines in a large-scale joint effort. The long term challenge-based approach of the BATTERY 2030+ initiative seeks to overcome the risk of fragmented European action mostly driven by short to medium term industrial priorities.

A long-term action over 10 years with a focus on disruptive technologies, the BATTERY 2030+ initiative will concentrate on low TRL transformational research (TRL 1 to 3). It complements the short-term initiatives launched in the framework of the European Battery Alliance to develop large-scale manufacturing capacities, and the short-to-medium term research and innovation projects undertaken within the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe work programmes. The European Battery Alliance will foster the development of a strong industry ecosystem in Europe, which will bring to the BATTERY 2030+ initiative the industrial perspective required to reach its ambitious objectives.

Batteries have a central role to play in Europe’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Versatile and high-performance electrochemical energy storage can reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector, stabilise the power grid, and support a broad range of strategic industries, including medical device production, information and communication technologies, aerospace and advanced robotics. In nearly all aspects of modern life, batteries enable innovation. Europe could capture a battery market of up to €250 billion a year from 2025 onwards.

The European Battery Alliance, launched by the European Commissioner Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in October 2017, aims to establish a competitive battery industry in Europe. The Strategic Action Plan on Batteries, published by the European Commission in May 2018, calls for preparing an ambitious, large-scale and long-term research programme on batteries as a complement and support to the European Battery Alliance. Accordingly, the BATTERY 2030+ initiative proposes a 10-year visionary research programme on future battery technologies.

This manifesto calls on European stakeholders to embrace BATTERY 2030+ as a long-term initiative for research on ultrahigh-performance, reliable, safe, sustainable and affordable batteries.

As a long-term research programme, BATTERY 2030+ will complement the short-term industrial initiatives launched in the framework of the European Battery Alliance, as well as the short- to medium-term research and innovation programmes implementing the SET Plan roadmap.

The vision for BATTERY 2030+ is to invent the batteries of the future, providing European industry with disruptive technologies and a competitive edge across the full value chain. BATTERY 2030+ will pursue ultrahigh-performance, reliable, safe, sustainable and affordable batteries, by a cross-disciplinary, transformational research approach, leveraging advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and smart systems. The groundbreaking science and technology developed by BATTERY 2030+ will have an invaluable impact on the ongoing transition towards a carbon-neutral and circular economy.

The BATTERY 2030+ initiative will gather leading scientists in Europe, as well as the industry across the full value chain, to achieve a leap forward in battery science and technology.

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