Based on EIT InnoEnergy's experience in the field of supporting batteries and storage innovations, the company was asked to organise a workshop with prominent European industrial representatives from the battery value chain, with support of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). The purpose was to issue a set of recommendations on how the European Union would capture a significant proportion of the entire value chain of the rapidly expanding battery market.
The recommendations were presented by InnoEnergy’s CEO, Diego Pavia, at a high-level meeting on batteries held in Brussels on 11 October 2017. This was followed by a letter from European Commissioner and Vice President of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič on 15 October 2017 asking InnoEnergy “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.
Since this request, InnoEnergy has led the industrial work stream (known as EBA@250) in conjunction with 120+ European and non-European stakeholders from across the entire value chain. These stakeholders also participated in two plenary meetings organised by InnoEnergy in December 2017 and January 2018, and have contributed to the design and content of 49 actions that have been identified as necessary by the European Battery Alliance, to make the EU a key player in the rapidly expanding global battery market. This is estimated at €250b annually from 2025 onwards. Among them, 21 actions have been considered of high priority.
These actions were further presented at the Clean Energy Industrial Forum, during the European Industry Days, on 23 February 2018 and officially communicated to Vice-President Šefčovič by InnoEnergy’s CEO, Diego Pavia in March 2018.
The EBA@250 is now entering in to the implementation phase, identifying concrete projects that operationalise the 49 actions. The first implementation phase meeting took place in Brussels on 25 April, identifying the first concrete projects that the stakeholders aim to launch soon.