CIC energiGUNE participates in the creation of the two key “roadmaps” of Batteries Europe and Battery 2030+ that will define the European battery value chain
The documents, promoted and published by the two main reference organisations for batteries at continental level, will be vital for shaping the next Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Horizon Europe 2025-2027 programme.
The Basque centre has actively participated in the working groups that have led to both “roadmaps”, reinforcing its reference position in the design of storage strategies at continental level.
CIC energiGUNE, a leading Basque research centre in electrochemical energy storage, thermal energy storage and conversion and hydrogen technologies, has actively and prominently participated in the creation of the Batteries Europe and Battery 2030+ roadmaps, the main EU initiatives to promote European leadership in the development of the batteries of the future. The two documents were jointly unveiled this week in Brussels, and are set to be the “key tools for the European battery industry to deliver on the promise of creating a competitive battery value chain in Europe”.
“Being present in the process leading to the creation of the roadmaps of these two organisations ensures that we are at the forefront of storage strategies at a decisive moment for European technology,” said Nuria Gisbert, CEO of CIC energiGUNE. “From here, I would like to thank our team for their work and contribution, which has proven to be up to the level of what Europe demands”, she said.
Specifically, CIC energiGUNE co-authors of the Batteries Europe roadmap include Montse Casas-Cabanas, scientific coordinator of the electrochemical storage area, Estibaliz Crespo, R&D&I project coordinator and Javier Olarte, director of Technology Transfer, as well as researchers Nestor Antuñano, Jokin Rikarte, Eduardo Sánchez, Jon Ajuria and Nagore Ortiz and sustainability expert Andrea Casas. Roberto Pacios, Javier Carrasco, Emilie Bekaert and Montse Galcerán also participated in the working groups. Montse Casas-Cabanas, Javier Carrasco, Marine Reynaud and Estibaliz Crespo are co-authors of the Battery 2030+ roadmap.
The Batteries Europe R&D Roadmap provides a detailed overview of the current plans and requirements relevant to the development of the entire battery value chain and presents an overview of the main research areas identified for detailed exploration. The document welcomes key EU initiatives within the battery ecosystem, while defining strategic objectives. It also emphasises the urgency of boosting education and skills development to promote research and development in battery-related fields.
The Battery Roadmap 2030+, on the other hand, focuses on long-term research directions. It outlines research actions aimed at revolutionising battery technology for real-world applications, as part of a European effort to enable battery cell manufacturing. It also sets out an approach capable of going beyond the performance targets set in the European Commission’s SET Plan and, as well as integrating global battery research objectives, updates them in line with the progress made by the six Battery 2030+ projects. The roadmap, with its six research areas, forms the basis for achieving the energy storage targets of the European Green Pact.
Both documents will serve as the basis for the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) that underpins the BATT4EU Partnership and will be published later this year. This Agenda will focus on research topics that are of strategic importance for Europe and deserve funding under the Horizon Europe programme, and will therefore be crucial for the activity of all actors involved in the development of the battery of the future.