Report on innovative batteries
On the 21st of November 2017, the European Commission published a report on innovative batteries for electric vehicles.
Battery research has been addressed by the EU over several research framework programmes (FP), at least since FP5 (1998-2002). In FP7 (2008-2012), battery materials research concentrated mainly on aspects of development of battery chemistries and included also a few projects on battery cell production. The main targeted sector was the automotive sector with the establishment in 2008 of the Green Vehicle Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as an emergency measure to overcome the financial crisis. Many battery related projects of FP7 were initiated through the collaboration of the EU with the Green … Car PPP (now called “Green Vehicle Initiative”). Some 10 to 15 years ago battery cell production, particularly for small electrochemical devices, moved outside of Europe to lower the production costs while knowledge in electrochemistry continued to be develop in the EU. Thanks to strong and continuous funding by the EU and some Member States (in particular France and Germany) in battery materials and electrochemistry related projects, Europe is now a world leader in this area. Europe was able to rebuild its competitiveness, and regain leadership also in the cell production sector (vertical integration of the value chain) with new chemistries solutions.
Source: European Commission
In: Electrification, Environment & Energy