PLOCAN participated in the general assembly of BEPA, European Public-Private Battery Partnership in which the recommendations for the Horizon Europe calls for 2023-2024 were established, with a 925 million investments, highlighting those aimed at the recycling of batteries, hybrid electricity energy storage solutions to support the grid and charging infrastructures, as well as those aimed at the reduction of cells and the packaging of battery systems.
PLOCAN joined BEPA last December, an association that has more than 170 members committed to improving the competitiveness of the European battery industry and with the aim of creating a competitive, sustainable and circular European industrial battery value chain for stationary applications and electric mobility.
BEPA members are working together to prepare Europe to manufacture and commercialize the next-generation batteries by 2030 with technologies that will enable the deployment of zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage.
The assembly was held in a face-to-face and telematic format and was attended by Philippe Froissard, head of the future urban and mobility systems unit of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and a representative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.
The assembly voted the incorporation of new members, with which the association reaches more than 180 members and the activity of the association was presented for this year, in which ten calls are contemplated with a budget of 133 million euros for 2022, with a closing date of September 6
Among other issues, the advances that the association is promoting regarding the battery passport were also presented, which was addressed in greater depth after the assembly in an additional workshop, in which examples were provided on how research and innovation activities can help address some of the challenges facing the digital platform and contribute to its success.
PLOCAN will contribute to the objectives of BEPA, contributing its experience in renewable energies in the marine environment and its integration into isolated systems such as in the case of islands. In addition, PLOCAN will provide synergies with respect to the projects demonstrated on its test bench, promoting the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
From PLOCAN, the affiliation to BEPA is considered as strategic, since it will allow the consortium to actively participate and exchange knowledge with the main actors in the industrial sector, and collaborate for the definition of the future strategies in R&D and innovation necessary for the European Green Deal to be feasible, achieving an efficient substitution in the energy sector, from fossil fuel-based sources to renewable energy sources.