Two IPCEIs in the ecosystem of batteries have been launched. These IPCEIs include 59 companies in 12 Member States including up to €6,1 billion state aid which is supposed to trigger more than €13,8 billion of additional private investment.
First IPCEI on Batteries
On 9 December 2019, the European Commission approved the first IPCEI in the field of Batteries. A total of 17 companies from seven member states (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden) are participating in this project.
The project involves ambitious and risky research and development activities to deliver beyond the state-of-the-art innovation across the batteries value chain, from mining and processing the raw materials, production of advanced chemical materials, the design of battery cells and modules and their integration into smart systems, to the recycling and repurposing of used batteries. Innovation will also specifically aim at improving the environmental sustainability in all segments of the battery value chain. It aims to reduce the CO2 footprint and the waste generated along the different production processes as well as develop environmentally friendly and sustainable dismantling, recycling and refining in line with circular economy principles.
The seven Member States will provide up to €3.2 billion in funding in the coming years, which is expected to unlock additional €5 billion in private investments.
Second IPCEI on Batteries - European Battery Innovation (EuBatIn)
On 26 January 2021, the European Commission approved IPCEI European Battery Innovation (EuBatIn) as the second IPCEI in the field of batteries. A total of 42 companies from twelve member states (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden) are participating in this project.
The IPCEI EuBatIn will cover the entire battery value chain from extraction of raw materials, design and manufacturing of battery cells and packs, and finally the recycling and disposal in a circular economy, with a strong focus on sustainability. It is expected to contribute to the development of a whole set of new technological breakthroughs, including different cell chemistries and novel production processes, and other innovations in the battery value chain, in addition to what will be achieved thanks to the first battery IPCEI.
The twelve Member States will provide up to €2.9 billion in funding in the coming years, which is expected to unlock an additional €8.8 billion in private investments.