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Europe is making progress in battery cell production European networking conference on battery cell production opened

The European conference on battery cell production, which the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is holding as part of the German EU Council Presidency, starts today. Actors from industry, research and politics will meet online from November 24th to 27th, 2020 to exchange information on developments in the field of batteries and promote cross-border cooperation. The focus of the event are the two “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEIs) in the field of batteries. Over 60 companies from all over Europe are working together in the two projects to drive innovation and create new added value.

The conference will also be attended by the Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, the French Vice Minister for Industry Agnes Pannier-Runacher and the Italian Minister for Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli. The conference can be followed in the live stream.

Federal Minister Peter Altmaier: “We want a closed value chain for battery cells to be created in Europe: from the processing of raw materials to battery cell production to recycling. The Federal Ministry of Economics is therefore funding the German projects within the two battery IPCEIs with almost three billion euros. In the future, the most innovative and environmentally friendly battery cells will come from Europe and tens of thousands of jobs will be created along the value chain. In this way, the battery projects can become a blueprint for other European industrial projects, for example with hydrogen. "

Vice President Maroš Šefčovič: “With more than 500 participants from industry, the European Battery Alliance has become a resounding success in just three years. It has made Europe a global center for battery technology and shows what we can achieve through strategic autonomy in this key industry. This has been made possible thanks to real cooperation, with real commitment from all those involved, including the Member States. Germany, France and Italy continue to be the driving forces behind this effort. The commission is currently concentrating on the submission of a new, future-proof battery regulation and the conclusion of the second ambitious IPCEI. A competitive, innovative and sustainable European value chain in the field of batteries will also make a contribution to securing the future of our automotive industry, as well as to the general economic recovery. "

Minister Patuanelli: “Today we have developed a clearer shared vision of a battery value chain that is efficient, part of the circular economy and responsible and that can significantly contribute to catalyzing the necessary development of production paradigms for sustainable decarbonisation. Thanks in part to the forward-looking action of the incumbent German Council Presidency, we are currently approaching the implementation of a new and more appropriate industrial vision. In the framework of Next Generation, IPCEI and national instruments, Italy is ready to support the projects necessary to make the green and digital transition a reality. "

Vice-Minister Pannier-Runacher: “The European Battery Alliance embodies what Europe can achieve if it acts pragmatically and cohesively and pursues ambitious goals. This initiative shows how European member states can work together to strengthen the EU's strategic and technological sovereignty and create a more sustainable and climate-friendly industry. We started a Franco-German initiative three years ago and are now about to decide on a second IPCEI with more than ten countries to build a competitive battery sector. We should now expand our cooperation in the industrial sector to other strategic areas for the future of Europe such as hydrogen, cloud or AI. "

The first battery IPCEI has already been approved under state aid law with 7 EU member states and 17 participating European companies. The second battery IPCEI with 12 participating member states and around 50 companies has been submitted to the European Commission for approval under state aid law.

The European conference on battery cell production places a special focus on the topics of sustainability, qualification and innovation. Panel discussions and specialist forums allow in-depth discussions and an exchange of experiences with experts from the entire European environment of sustainably produced lithium-ion batteries.