New public-private partnership 'to support EU on battery investment plans'

by John Shepherd
BEPA is 'new building block to support European Battery Alliance'. Image: EBA/EU
A new public-private partnership to support development of next-generation batteries in Europe has said it aims to maximise investment opportunities and research activities for the battery industry.

The Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) is chaired by Michael Lippert – the director for innovations and solutions for energy at French battery maker Saft.

A BEPA spokesperson told New Energy 360 the body would be "chemistry/technology-agnostic” – but establish research and innovation (R&I;) priorities in cooperation with the European Commission and battery sector businesses.

"We will be another building block of the global action plan, proposed by the European Commission, to support the European Battery Alliance in the establishment of a complete domestic battery value chain in Europe, which is imperative for a clean energy transition and a competitive industry,” the spokesperson said.

'Reducing fragmentation'

"By bringing private and public partners together, European partnerships help to avoid the duplication of investments and contribute to reducing the fragmentation of the R&I; landscape in the EU.”

BEPA, which already counts industry players, research organisations and associations among its 137 members, is set to sign a formal agreement with its public sector partner, the European Commission, in April 2021.

Key priorities for BEPA will include providing recommendations for battery-related R&I; to be funded under the EU’s Horizon Europe activities.

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