The platform and its governance
Batteries Europe is the technology and innovation platform of the European Battery Alliance (EBA). It aims to accelerate the establishment of a globally competitive European battery industry, driving the implementation of battery-related research and innovation actions of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan and the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda.
The platform was announced at the Clean Energy Industrial Forum in Brussels, 5 February 2019 and the first stakeholder gathering of Batteries Europe took place on 25 June 2019 under the leadership of Vice-President Maroš Šefčovic.
To have a wide representation of stakeholders and offer agile and efficient operation, the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) on Batteries Europe platform is organised as follows:
The General Assembly meets once a year and is responsible for defining the strategic orientations by enabling a shared vision from all stakeholders from the value chain like industry, academia, EU member states representatives, policy makers and European associations involved in battery research and innovation.
The assembly adopts Batteries Europe documents, including the strategic research agenda and roadmaps, and it votes for the composition of the governing board.
The Governing Board is the decision-making body of Batteries Europe in charge of vision, mission, and strategic planning goals. It reviews and approves all documents including the research and innovation roadmaps prepared by the management team.
The current governing board has nine members, of which one chair and two vice-chairs, and was elected at the General Assembly 23 October 2019, in Brussels.
The Management team includes the chairs of the thematic working groups (WGs) and the national and regional coordinators group (NRCG), supported by the secretariat. The management team is responsible for day-to-day working group coordination on cross-cutting issues, organisation of WG meetings and operational information exchange.
The national and regional coordinators group (NRCG) is composed of the Member States and associate country representatives to ensure mutual flow of information between countries or regional representatives and to facilitate common member state actions. One representative of the NRCG participates in the governing board meetings, as an observer. Furthermore, the NRCG will be a point of exchange on EU co-funded joint actions. It should also become a forum for interaction with the interregional partnership on advanced battery materials.
Thematic working groups are made of experts representing the battery-related industry, the research and the associations. Scientific discussions are taking place within the groups, which are responsible for the preparation of documents, including research roadmaps and the Strategic Research Agenda. Each of the six thematic working groups is lead by a chairman and two co-chairs.
The secretariat will facilitate and assist stakeholders in all activities of Batteries Europe and communicate the results among policy makers in an easy and understandable way. EIT InnoEnergy assures the secretarial support, together with the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE), and the consultancy support of Zabala and Clerens.
Contact the secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org