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Battery 2030+ and the Europe’s battery revolution

Battery 2030+ and the Europe’s battery revolution

A world moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy will rely more and more on energy storage and in particular on batteries. Better batteries can reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector, stabilise the power grid, and much more. The Battery 2030+ large-scale research initiative will gather leading scientists in Europe, as well as the industry, to achieve a leap forward in battery science and technology. The first Battery 2030+ project kicks off in March 2019 and will lay the basis for this large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies

In the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries published in May 2018, the European Commission has highlighted the need to support the European battery industry ecosystem with a long-term research initiative in future battery technologies. The Battery 2030+ project, which currently includes 17 partners in nine European countries, has been awarded a Coordination and Support Action grant under the Horizon 2020 programme. Over a period of one year (starting in March 2019), Battery 2030+ will lay the basis for a 10-year large-scale and long-term European research project.

The vision for Battery 2030+ is to invent the batteries of the future, providing European industry with cutting-edge technologies. Batteries are among the key technologies to achieve a deep decarbonisation of the European energy system, notably in the transport sector (with electro-mobility) and in the electric power sector (with the storage of intermittent renewable energy sources). In the near future, we will need new generations of ultrahigh-performance, reliable, safe, sustainable and affordable batteries. The competition to develop future battery technologies is already intense, but still very much open.

The project is coordinated by Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden.

“We will address the challenges of making ultra-high performance batteries,” says Kristina Edström.

“This means establishing an acceleration platform for the discovery of new battery materials using machine learning and artificial intelligence, and especially focusing on interfaces in batteries where reactions take place that can be detrimental for battery lifetime. We will design smart functionalities down to the battery cell level, and pay particular attention to sustainability issues.”

A more detailed description of our vision can be found in our MANIFESTO (http://battery2030.eu/). Please endorse!

The Battery 2030+ consortium includes five universities (Uppsala University, Politecnico di Torino, Technical University of Denmark, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Münster), eight research centres (CEA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, CNRS, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fundacion Cidetec, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia, SINTEF AS), three industry-led associations (EMIRI, EASE, RECHARGE) and one company (Absiskey). The Battery 2030+ consortium has also received the support of a number of European and national organisations, including ALISTORE ERI, EERA, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT RawMaterials, EARPA, EUROBAT, EGVI, CLEPA, EUCAR, KLIB, RS2E, Swedish Electromobility Centre, PolStorEn, ENEA, CIC energigune, IMEC and Tyndall National Institute.

Jean-Marie Tarascon is the director of RS2E that is strongly implied in the research initiative.

“The Battery 2030+ project is an excellent opportunity to make Europe and France the new leaders of research and development in the field of batteries. We cannot overcome the gap between us and the Asian countries or the USA. They have gone too far in the known technologies. If Europe wants to take the lead, we must focus on new technologies and new areas of study: Sensing, self-healing, smart use of AI…That is exactly what the Battery 2030+ initiative proposes. However, if we want to succeed, we will have to reinforce multidisciplinary, go beyond the battery community and work with new academic and industrial partners such as captor producers or optic cable ones.”

For questions about Battery 2030+, please contact the coordinator Professor Kristina Edström, Uppsala University, Sweden, email: kristina.edstrom@kemi.uu.se, +46 70 167 90 06, or the deputy coordinator Dr. Simon Perraud, CEA, France, simon.perraud@cea.fr.

More about Battery 2030+: http://battery2030.eu/