The EU’s battery industry association has formed a partnership with a global battery research body to promote technological innovation in the energy sector.
EUROBAT, which represents industrial and automotive battery manufacturers across the EU, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Consortium for Battery Innovation, which focuses on lead battery research. The partnership will see the two industry bodies co-ordinating their efforts to promote research and development of energy storage systems which will enable the industry to move closer to the EU’s decarbonisation goals.
Dr Christian Rosenkranz, Vice President for Industry and Governmental Relations at Clarios EMEA and EUROBAT board member, said: “We need to create a strong battery ecosystem in Europe, supporting a range of technologies with different strengths. Lead batteries already represent over 70% of the world’s rechargeable battery energy storage in everything from the cars we drive to the back-up systems for mobile phone networks. This partnership will support our efforts to develop the next generation of advanced lead batteries.”
The partnership agreements commits EUROBAT and the Consortium for Battery Innovation to a series of joint measures, including:
- Conducting joint research and development projects to improve battery performance in tandem with research institutes and EU Member States;
- Participating in innovation groups and taskforces led by the EU;
- Organising events and activities to promote lead battery innovation and adoption across the EU; and
- Creating joint research proposals and communications.
Dr Alistair Davidson, Director of the Consortium for Battery Innovation, said: “We are conducting pioneering research into next generation batteries and we have a technical roadmap setting out the research which is already underway to develop advanced lead batteries for a range of different applications. Europe already has an established and successful lead battery industry and by working closely with manufacturers we can further enhance our research capability, to ensure we are developing and making the advanced batteries Europe needs to support its low carbon future.”