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Electric batteries are seen as important technological enablers to drive the transition towards a decarbonized society through the integration of renewable and clean energy sources in the electricity grid and the electrification of our transport system.
However, there are some challenges if we want to fulfill this ambition in Europe. Firstly, research and development on batteries is notably fragmented within the European Union. Secondly, most of the production of the new generation of (automotive) batteries is currently happening in Asia.
The European Commission wants to change this and has therefore installed a specific approach (part 7 of the SET plan) to make sure the next generation of batteries will be developed and manufactured in the EU.
The kick-off for this plan was the launch of the European Battery Alliance in 2017. This was a first step towards working and planning together which in turn led to the European strategic plan on batteries. One result of this strategic plan has been the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries (ETIP Batteries Europe) that groups all the relevant R&D actors in this sector and is a more intensified collaboration than the European Battery Alliance. The strategy has these objectives:
To boost this planned strategy, the European Commission has launched an ambitious separate R&D activity on batteries within horizon 2020. This is a cross-cutting activity involving multiple sectors (transport, energy, climate) and the calls for proposals are looking for different types of batteries and technologies: short term research for advanced Li-ion electrochemistry and production processes, short to medium term research for solid-state electrochemistry, modelling tools, new materials for stationary electric batteries, hybridization of battery systems, next generation batteries for stationary energy storage, next generation and validation of battery packs and battery management systems, networking of pilot lines and skills development and training.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched three consultations to gather input from stakeholders and to inform their future activities. EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) post-2020 New EIT Action to support the innovation capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) EIT Community – Open and Inclusive... read more
The latest versions of the Horizon 2020 2018-2020 work programmes can now be found here under ‘work programmes’. The link to each work programme (PDF), that was adopted by the European Commission on 17 September 2020, is listed below and can be found on our website on each programme page (dark grey banner). Introduction 2018-20 Future an... read more
In the coming months several brokerage and partnering events will be organised in the frame of the Green Deal Calls (more information on the calls on this page). An overview of partnering tools will be presented during the second part of the two-part Green Deal Call webinar organised by the Belgian NCPs on 11 September. Please find below an... read more
Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.
With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.
The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.read more
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