A few days ago, eurobat (European automotive and industrial battery manufacturers association) released the 2030 battery innovation roadmap, which makes expectations for the whole power battery market and its segments, including the analysis and evaluation of related technologies. The organization is an industry organization with more than 50 member countries, representing more than 90% of the European automotive and industrial battery industry. Its members include manufacturers of all four existing battery technologies (lead, lithium, nickel and sodium based), forming the entire EU battery manufacturing value chain.

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Power battery is widely used

>>Automotive: batteries contribute to decarbonization in the European transport sector, reducing carbon dioxide emissions through on / off battery and xev innovative solutions;

>>Steady state energy: in grid connected and off grid solutions, batteries are essential for the storage of renewable fixed energy for solar and wind farms, and also help to build a more stable and reliable power grid;

>>Power material handling: battery is very suitable for forklift, crane and other industrial vehicles to provide power, while reducing noise and emissions;

>>Power off-road transportation: batteries are widely used in railway, sea and air transportation, and the widely deployed intelligent charging of road vehicles with large energy capacity also helps to support the energy system of off-road transportation.


Three battery technologies coexist with lithium


Eurobat represents four existing battery technology manufacturers: traditional lead, new lithium, special nickel and minority sodium. Every kind of battery chemistry has the advantages of being suitable for specific applications, and no battery or technology can meet all the application requirements.

Eurobat pointed out that market analysis shows that batteries will play a key role in supporting the European Green agreement proposed in December 2019 and the transition to a decarbonized society and climate neutral economy by 2050. Batteries are recognized as a key driver of decarbonization in transportation, energy, logistics, production and telecommunications, contributing to energy transformation and improving multiple applications.

For many years, the European battery industry has been in a leading position in battery innovation and standardization, and has produced reliable products and various quality standards tailored for a variety of applications. The European battery industry adopts a market-oriented approach. In the future, continuous innovation in automotive, power and fixed storage applications will bring about changes in demand. Europe has the experience and expertise to meet the future needs of a variety of applications, so as to continuously adjust and significantly improve its products and maintain flexibility to meet the current and future market needs.


>>The growth rate of lithium battery will be the highest

In 2019, automotive and industrial lead-acid batteries account for 75% of the global B2B battery market. The CBI / avicenne research report predicts that by 2030, this market will exceed 200 billion euros, reaching 1800 GWH, which is three times of that in 2019. Lithium batteries will continue to maintain the highest growth rate, and lead-based batteries will also grow. By 2030, lithium and lead will still be the mainstream technologies, occupying a considerable market share. At present, a large number of lithium-based standard batteries have been successfully deployed in Europe to serve different applications.


>>Every technology has innovation potential

Lithium, lead, nickel and sodium based batteries all have potential for innovation and development, and Europe is ready to increase investment in innovation. All of these battery chemistry and technologies will be essential for a low-carbon future. No single cell chemistry or technology can meet all the needs of end users for a variety of applications, including high power and energy density, long life, low cost, excellent safety and minimal environmental impact.

Eurobat believes that through the use of innovative materials and battery modules in electrochemical systems and the application of advanced battery management systems, service life performance and safety can be improved. Improvements to this process will be tailored to specific applications.

"2030 battery innovation roadmap" is a supplement to eurobat "2019-2024 campaign Manifesto", which provides technical background for innovation potential of key battery technologies to support and guide decision-making.

The roadmap emphasizes the importance of considering each application independently in product innovation for battery R & D. For example, the battery characteristics and objectives selected in the EU strategic energy technology plan (set) mainly focus on the use of lithium batteries for plug-in HEV / EV propulsion and secondary EV, and develop the most appropriate technologies for these applications.

The roadmap will focus on a variety of key applications and identify key battery performance that needs to be improved to meet the needs of future applications.