Global battery coalition formed to speed up innovation


The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), a global research group developing advanced lead batteries has signed a memorandum of understanding with EUROBAT, the Brussels-based association representing Europe’s automotive and industrial battery manufacturers.

The move will help channel research and development into innovative battery energy storage systems which are critical to achieving the EU’s low carbon ambitions as part of a European Green Deal.

Under the agreement, the Consortium for Battery Innovation and EUROBAT will: 

  • Develop research and innovation projects with European members, institutes and universities looking to improve lead battery performance.
  • Organise workshops and events promoting lead battery innovation in the EU
  • Pursue partnerships and funding opportunities with third parties 
  • Advocate for projects that support the EU’s long-term strategy
    groups and battery innovation taskforces established by the EU
  • Submit joint proposals for future lead battery research 
  • Develop joint technical and communications documents 

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Dr Christian Rosenkranz, Vice President Industry and Governmental Relations, Clarios EMEA and EUROBAT Board member, said the partnership with the Consortium underpins industry’s commitment to developing advanced lead batteries. As Consortium Vice-Chairman, Dr Rosenkranz is at the forefront of leading the industry-research partnership focusing on innovation in lead batteries as one of the critical technologies which will underpin electrification and decarbonisation targets. 

He said: “We need to create a strong battery ecosystem in Europe, supporting a range of technologies with different strengths. Lead batteries already represent over 70% of the world’s rechargeable battery energy storage in everything from the cars we drive to the back-up systems for mobile phone networks. This partnership will support our efforts to develop the next generation of advanced lead batteries.” 

Dr Alistair Davidson, Consortium for Battery Innovation Director added: “We are conducting pioneering research into next-generation batteries and we have a technical roadmap setting out the research which is already underway to develop advanced lead batteries for a range of different applications. Europe already has an established and successful lead battery industry and by working closely with manufacturers we can further enhance our research capability, to ensure we are developing and making the advanced batteries Europe needs to support its low carbon future.” 

The EU’s lead battery value chain is committed to supporting research which underpins climate goals, while also delivering economic growth, supporting highly-skilled jobs and sealing in the EU’s intellectual leadership in key technologies. The Consortium works with its members to broker and commission cutting edge pre-competitive scientific research. Their work stimulates innovation and underpins advanced lead battery technology.  

The Consortium and EUROBAT will develop research projects designed to make a tangible difference to lead battery performance while meeting the demands of end-users such as the automotive industry, industrial, and utility and renewable energy storage companies. The partnership agreement also signifies the growing role of lead batteries in meeting electrification and decarbonisation targets across the globe.