JUL 17 2019

CIC energiGUNE will organise on 12 September in Vitoria-Gasteiz the summit meeting of the European ecosystem that will lead the battery revolution

CIC energiGUNE will organise on 12 September in Vitoria-Gasteiz the summit meeting of the European ecosystem that will lead the battery revolution

•    The half-day meeting will bring together the main European players promoting the development of new generation batteries for existing markets and for new applications.
•    The aim of the meeting is to contribute to the dissemination of European R&D&I initiatives in energy storage and to support the development of the battery value chain.

CIC energiGUNE, a benchmark research centre in Europe in the field of electrochemical and thermal energy storage, will bring together on 12 September in Vitoria-Gasteiz the main representatives of European initiatives that are driving both short and long-term research into the design of the batteries of the future. The meeting will be attended by Kristina Edström, coordinator of BATTERY 2030+ and head of the programme at the heart of the EU's commitment to position Europe at the forefront of research in this field in 2030.

Under the title "The European ecosystem for the battery revolution", the half-day meeting organised by CIC energiGUNE will bring together all stakeholders, from both public and private sectors, taking forward initiatives related to the creation of batteries for energy storage for electric vehicles and/or stationary applications. The aim is to share market experiences, innovation and R&D&I in energy storage, and to support the development of the value chain.

The meeting will be opened by Nuria Gisbert, Director General of CIC energiGUNE, and Pilar García de Salazar, Head of the Area for Economic Development and Territorial Balance of the Provincial Government of Álava. The initial presentation will be given by Kristina Edström, who combines her coordination work in BATTERY 2030+ with her teaching work as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), and who will present the challenges of the future battery roadmap.

Edel Sheridan from Batteries Europe, the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries, and Diego Pavia, CEO of KIC InnoEnergy and representative of the European Battery Alliance, will then provide an overview of market access and trends identified at continental level. Álvaro Martín-Aceña, Head of the Alternative Mobility Area at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Juliana Restrepo, Director General of AEPIBAL (The Batteries and Energy Storage Business Association) and representative of the Spanish BatteryPlat platform, will present the current state-of-the-art in this field in Spain.

The meeting will be closed by the Basque Government Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructures, Arantxa Tapia, who will outline the current situation of the battery value chain in the Basque Country, from the perspective of research work in the laboratory through to the strategy of smart specialisation. In this sense, the Minister's intervention will emphasize the strength of the Basque energy storage industry and, especially, of all the stakeholders currently represented together in the BRTA (Basque Research and Technology Alliance), a scientific and technological consortium of which CIC energiGUNE is a member.

In short, this summit meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz is a unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the initiatives that are being consolidated in the European ecosystem in the field of batteries, ranging from support for industry for the generation of new markets to long-term proposals such as that represented by BATTERY 2030+.

Registration for the conference, which will take place in full between 9:00h and 13:00h on the morning of Thursday 12 September, is now open. Those interested in attending the event can register online at: Registering provides free access to the conference.

About CIC energiGUNE

CIC energiGUNE is a strategic initiative in the field of research into energy storage set up by the Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government, with the support of the Provincial Government of Álava and the Basque Energy Agency as well as the leading companies in the energy and storage sector in the Basque Country: Iberdrola, Cegasa Portable Energy, Sener, Siemens-Gamesa, Ormazabal, Idom, Solarpack, Mondragón Corporation and Nortegas.

By the close of 2018, the research centre, located in the Miñano Technology Park, had achieved significant results, with 500+ publications in high impact scientific journals and involvement in over 35 industrial projects in the course of the year, as well as a further 9 European projects within the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, driving 120 million euros of EU funds in research.

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