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Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automobile Applications

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2019 was jointly awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino “for the development of lithium-ion batteries”. One of the three excellent scientists, M. Stanley Whittingham, was attending the ABAA 12 meeting, which took place from 6 to 9 October in Ulm, Germany.



Powering Europe’s Battery Revolution

BATTERY 2030+ is a long-term initiative enabling Europe to take the lead in battery science and technology, by developing radically new concepts for the batteries of the future. This means batteries with properties such as ultrahigh performance and smart functionalities within a sustainable framwork. BATTERY 2030+ formulates a roadmap for European battery research in 2030 and long thereafter. The initiative aims to generate new ideas for the ongoing energy transition and digital transformation.
Press Release 26/02/2019


Sunrise Flagship

Solar Energy for a Circular Economy

Sunrise is one of the candidates for the next European FET Flagship. It proposes a sustainable alternative to the fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and base chemicals. The needed energy will be provided by sunlight, the raw materials will be molecules abundantly available in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen.


Study on Energy Storage
The overall purpose of this study is to increase understanding on how a technology-driven mission, in this case energy storage, can be designed and how such a mission in the field of energy storage could look like. The methodology used in this study combines literature research with expert knowledge and expert interviews. The study summarizes present EU policy on energy storage, gives examples of missions from various companies and institutions and presents key findings of recent roadmaps on energy storage.
Together with expert interviews on mission-oriented R&I this information serves as a background to propose two missions on energy storage.
Firstly, a so-called transformer mission is proposed as “Develop an interconnected, carbon-neutral and reliable Pan-European Energy System by 2030“. This mission transforms the whole energy system in Europe, while the second proposal accelerates the technical development of Post-Li-Ion batteries.
This so-called accelerator mission is proposed as “Develop more powerful and clean European Post-Li-Ion batteries for electromobility available on the market by 2030”.
Finally, an evaluation and monitoring scheme for both missions is developed.


Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap
Since 2013, there have been significant developments in energy storage technologies, such as
the installation of the world’s largest Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) demonstration plant
in the UK, the construction of Europe’s first hybrid flywheel plant in Ireland, and the rapidly
declining costs of batteries to name a few. Moreover, there have been significant changes
in the market and regulatory framework. In response to these important developments, an
update of the roadmap and recommendations was needed to adjust and redefine long-term
storage targets.


Series of Hybrid Energy & Energy Systems Workshops

1st Workshop: 22.03.2017 in S. Sebastian (ES)

The EERA workshop on Hybrid Energy and Energy Storage Systems took place in San Sebastian on March 22, 2017. The aim of the workshop was to learn about and discuss research questions for the use of different storage technologies in combination, how they can fit together, and how can they be integrated in the grid and their use and need of smart grids to enhance performance. Moreover, the goal was to make information on existing hybrid systems available and point out research needs for hybrid energy and energy storage systems and their integration in a smart grid.

2nd Workshop: 21.09.2017 – 22.09.2017 in Rome (IT)

The EERA/ON-SITE project workshop on Hybrid Energy and Energy Storage Systems took place at Ericsson in Rome on September 21-22, 2017 following the first workshop in San Sebastian in March 2017. The main objective of the workshop was to stimulate an in-depth discussion on the use of different energy and energy storage technologies in combination. The workshop was organised in four sessions that were introduced by an expert followed by a discussion. Moreover, interesting results from Ericsson and the main results from the ON-SITE project were shown.

3rd Workshop: 14.11.2018 – 15.11.2018 in Brussels (BE)

The main objective of the workshop is to stimulate an in-depth discussion of the challenges associated with activities in energy systems integrating different hybrid energy and energy storage technologies. Addressed challenges are related to developing tools for sizing, forecasting, and smart management for energy storage technologies as well as the challenge of linking different systems. The workshop is jointly organized by EERA JP Energy Storage and SmILES project.


Temporary Working Group 7

Become competitive in the global battery sector to drive e-mobility and stationary storage forward

The Implementation Plan of the Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Action 7 comes at a crucial moment for European Industry. Its scopeis batteries for e-mobility and stationary energy storage applications. Batteries are a key enabling technology for both of these applications. It is imperative that European industry masters the development, manufacturing, application and recycling of advanced batteries to become competitive in the global battery sector. Already today, numerous aspects of European society are directly impacted by battery technology from education to economics, from knowledge to environment and from business to resource security.

Action 7 has been developed in the context of the overarching principles defined in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package which included legislative proposals and facilitating measures for accelerating of the necessary energy transitionand in the “Delivering on low-emission mobility” Communication which announces legislative proposal for new CO2 limits for cars and calls for the creation of a pan-European and cross-sectoral battery ecosystem in Europe.




Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximising the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix

SmILES zooms in simulation and optimisation of smart storage in local energy systems for increasing the understanding and transparency of innovative multi-energy projects. Setting up a shared data and information platform and effective dissemination of related results will contribute to competence building. Supplementing the research activities, a long-lasting framework across EERA JP borders is set up by the consortium for extending storage integration technologies by linking other EERA members, stakeholders, energy supplier and industry.



Integrated Energy System – A Pathway for Europe

IntEnSys4EU aims at addressing the SET-Plan identified novel interacting integration challenges, where – the consumer becomes active and is put at the center of the energy system, – a demand focus that increases energy efficiency across the energy system, – an energy system optimization leading to a secure, cost-effective, clean and competitive energy supply. Energy networks are critical to successfully address the above integration challenges.