INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in collaboration with ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação hosted yesterday, May 4th, the Horizon Europe BATT4EU Funding Opportunities event and it was focused on presenting the BATT4EU partnership and funding opportunities in Horizon Europe for energy storage solutions.
Counting on a multidisciplinary group of experts sharing ground-breaking viewpoints, this event took us to central topics that sparked insightful discussions and laid considerable foundations to boost a competitive, sustainable and circular European battery value chain. It was possible to discuss the battery ecosystem and challenges in Europe, the current state of the art in Portugal, the future battery technologies for Europe, and the priorities for EU funding in energy storage research, development, and deployment.
For Pedro Salomé, Clean Energy Cluster Coordinator, at INL, this event “showcases INL’s capability to mobilize several stakeholders, industry, academia, and research and technology organizations, at the national, Iberian and European area to come together understanding synergies and opportunities to collaborate and to push the frontiers of technology.”
The participation of the major European associations in the battery sector, European Battery Alliance (eba250) and the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA), including a representative from the European Commission, together with the Centro Ibérico de Investigación en Almacenamiento Energético, an Iberian newly created centre dedicated to energy storage, provided the event with an Iberian and European perspective that allowed the participants to understand the latest technological, economical and legislative developments in the battery and energy storage areas. It was the beginning of a promising journey of further discussions and potential collaborations.
This was an excellent opportunity to learn, and network, and counted on the participation of Ana Fontoura Gouveia – Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação, Philippe Jacques – Secretary General, BEPA, Thore Sekkenes, EBA250 Programme Director, EIT InnoEnergy, Batpower Battery Cluster Portugal, Iberian Energy Storage Research Center, CENTI, Galp, Instituto Superior Técnico, Voltalia, Self Energy, Simoldes Plásticos, DST group, Vasco da Gama CoLAB Energy Storage, INESC TEC, ALMASCIENCE, University of Minho, Cleanwatts, EDP Inovação, LNEG, and University of Porto.