Why the EU will spend 3.2 billion euros for battery research

The European Union has shown great interest in stimulating battery research, in order to build its own industry.

The automotive sector has been one of the spearheads of European export worldwide. And it still is. Particularly the German industry, although also the French and, to a lesser extent, the Italian industry are pillars within the economy of the European Union.

These pillars are today threatened by the tremendous change that is cooking in the sector. The transition from the combustion engine to the electric one is the biggest change in the history of the automotive industry, probably since the production of the chain was invented, with the emblematic Ford T.

The European Union does not want the automotive industry to lose bellows or market globally. It is China, which has drawn up a long-term electricity strategy, which especially puts the position of European brands at risk. Hence, the European Commission has approved an investment of 3.2 billion euros for battery research.

This figure will go to R&D projects in Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Sweden. The investment is expected to bear fruit beyond the amount itself. And the European Commission expects this figure to attract another additional private initiative, which will reach 5,000 million euros. The project will be completed by 2031, if everything goes according to plan.

The European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager emphasizes that battery production is of strategic interest to Europe. The reasons are in its potential in mobility and energy, as well as for job creation and sustainability. The EU had already shown interest in the creation of battery factories on European soil, offering juicy incentives.

The motor industry has also taken steps to create its factories, in the style of Tesla’s gigafactory. An example of this is Daimler, who invested 500 million euros in a production plant. It was not just about guaranteeing the supply for electric models. The company also started selling domestic batteries, also as Tesla.

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He has not been the only one. Audi set out to launch domestic batteries also, in a natural crossing with the energy sector. And this is one of the key points for investment in batteries. The automotive industry not only faces a challenge to maintain its global position. You also have the opportunity to enter the energy sector, which also changes to forced marches.

The storage of renewables

Renault has already tried to build giant accumulators with the used batteries of its electric cars. A sample of how the automotive industry connects with the energy industry. And is that renewable, solar and wind, will need accumulators to ensure the stability of the electricity supply.

The specialists usually agree that solar and wind are complementary. One produces more energy during the daytime and the other during the night, when the wind is generally more alive. However, this is not accurate. For the gaps in which either of the two energies does not produce enough, it will have to introduce accumulated energy into the network. And at the moment it is the lithium-ion batteries that are intended to do this work.

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