Battery 2030+ is a long-term research initiative that brings together research institutions, industry and public funders. It builds on European scientific excellence in electro-chemistry, material science as well as digital technologies to deliver breakthroughs in battery technologies. It focuses on new scientific approaches that make use of technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, sensors, and computing in order to advance knowledge in electro-chemistry and to explore new battery chemistries targeting in particular the needs of the mobility and energy sectors.
It aims at new battery technologies with ultra-high performance (both in power and in their capacity to store energy), and which are safe, easily re-chargeable, re-usable and recyclable, and have the lowest environmental impact possible. By focusing on radically new ideas and long-term approaches, it complements incremental research efforts on upcoming generations of batteries driven by the industry’s short to medium term needs. The initiative fosters the development of a competitive battery industry in Europe by making breakthrough technologies available for future commercial applications.
With support from the Horizon 2020 programme, the first phase of the research activities started in September 2020 with the launch of 7 research projects addressing the research priorities identified in the 'Battery Manifesto' and in the Battery 2030+ research roadmap:
- Accelerated discovery and design of battery materials and interfaces: radically new approaches using AI-assisted methods to accelerate the discovery and development of ultrahigh-performance battery materials and interfaces.
- Smart sensing and self-healing functionalities: smart sensors to establish the state of health records of the battery, just like for humans, and introduce smart sensing functionalities within the cells. Self-healing functionalities: taking inspiration from advances in the medical field, capitalising on the benefits of sensing to detect flaws – defective components and local spots to be repaired – within the battery and trigger self-healing processes.
- Manufacturability and recyclability: these are key crosscutting topics. New battery materials, engineered interfaces and smart battery cell architectures will be developed bearing in mind the manufacturability, scalability, recyclability, and life-cycle environmental footprint of the novel technologies.
The Battery 2030+ Coordination and Support action is providing support to the planning and implementation of the initiative, fostering the collaboration across the Battery 2030+ projects and synergies with the other European initiatives.
- January 2018: a workshop was conveyed to explore the potential of a large-scale initiative on next generations of battery technologies to accelerate the emergence of disruptive solutions and their take-up by EU industry (report).
- May 2018: in the context of the EU Battery Alliance initiative the Commission announced the preparation of a large-scale initiative on future battery technologies in its Strategic Action Plan for Batteries .
- October 2018: a draft 'Battery 2030+ Vision Document' highlighting the proposed vision and research objectives of the initiative was released at a workshop on the Future of Batteries.
- December 2018: publication of a 'Battery Manifesto that lays out the ambition, vision and main priorities of the proposed initiative.
- March 2019: launch of the first Battery 2030+ Coordination and Support Action. This one-year action engaged with the research community and with industry to prepare a detailed research roadmap for the initiative.
- July 2019: Launch of a call in Horizon 2020 to kick-start the large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies.
- November 2019: over 200 stakeholders from industry and academia gathered at Vrije University in Brussels to discuss the second draft of the BATTERY 2030+ roadmap.
- March 2020: Publication of Battery 2030+ research roadmap.
- September 2020: Start of the implementation the Battery 2030+ roadmap with the launch of 7 research projects
To address the battery challenges, the European Commission launched in October 2017 the European Battery Alliance with the aim of creating a competitive European battery sector with sustainable battery cells at its core. In May 2018, the Commission published a strategic action plan on batteries setting out in detail how it proposes to achieve this goal. It acknowledges the need to mobilise industrial players and support the rapid development of battery manufacturing capacities in Europe as well as the importance of research into the next generations of high-performing batteries. To address the latter, one of the key measures announced in the plan is the development of a large-scale and long-term research initiative on future battery technologies. This is the goal of the Battery 2030+ initiative.
- Director-General Roberto Viola’s blogpost on batteries: How big data and AI can help the batteries of the future.