EUROMOT joins European Battery Alliance
The European Battery Alliance (EBA) was launched in October 2017 by European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič. The purpose is to ensure that all Europeans benefit from safer traffic, cleaner vehicles and more sustainable technological solutions. All this will be achieved by creating a competitive and sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain in Europe.
The economic upside is clear: the market will have an estimated annual value of up to €250 billion by 2025. By combining European cutting-edge competences, financial strength and a cross-industrial approach, a competitive and sustainable production capacity is clearly within reach.
The industrial development programme of the European Battery Alliance is driven by EIT InnoEnergy. Thanks to its experience in supporting battery and storage innovations, EIT InnoEnergy was asked by VP Šefčovič in October 2017 “to continue its groundwork in partnership with the EU industry, academia, and financial sectors, with a view to delivering first recommendations on enabling framework conditions” by March 2018.
EIT InnoEnergy took the lead in this work, bringing together more than 120 European and non-European stakeholders representing the entire battery value chain. The result is a definition of 43 necessary actions to set up a dynamic and efficient European Battery Alliance and to capture a significant share of the rapidly expanding global battery market.
These actions were agreed upon at two high-level workshops organised by EIT InnoEnergy in December 2017 and January 2018. Among them, 18 are regarded as high-priority areas. They form a basis for defining concrete and focused projects.
Since these initial meetings the network has grown into an open ecosystem of more than 750 stakeholders actively collaborating to build a strong and competitive European battery industry.