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Review of Strategic Research Agenda for Batteries in Norway & Europe webinar

The Strategic Research Agenda for Batteries in Norway & Europe webinar was held on 23rd of October 2020, with 92 attendees representing both industry and academia across the battery value chain in Norway. The webinar platform Hopin enabled digital mingling, and 39 one-to-one meetings were facilitated in the networking pauses.


  • Strategic Research Agenda for Battery Research in Europe incl. Battery initiatives in Europe – Edel Sheridan (SINTEF) - Presentation
  • Opportunities for Norwegian stakeholders in the EU Innovation Fund – Anita Fossdal (ENOVA)
  • Battery initiatives and Stakeholders in Norway – Fride Vullum-Bruer (SINTEF) - Presentation
  • Funding opportunities for Battery R&I by the Research Council of Norway – Andreas Bratland (NFR) - Presentation
  • Funding opportunities for Battery R&I by Innovation Norway – Eva Langslet (Innovation Norway)

Take-away points:

  • The Strategic Research Agenda developed by Batteries Europe ETIP was presented by Edel Sheridan – technical leader for the Batteries Europe ETIP. It covers all parts of the battery value chain, from raw materials to materials to manufacturing and integration to recycling. It includes current and target Key Performance Indicators.
  • The ETS Innovation Fund, presented by Anita Fossdal from ENOVA, is a great opportunity for innovative commercialization projects within the battery industry.
  • For Norway, the battery value chain has a value creation potential of 8 billion EUR annually.
  • New jobs are being generated in the battery industry in Norway, and many more will come. The universities should prepare by creating new educational programmes and re-educate the oil work force.
  • Innovation Norway has an own battery team working specifically with making Norway an attractive arena for national and international battery industry.

Did you miss the webinar? Here is an in-depth summary:

"Everything we can electrify will be electrified", was the kickstarting message from SINTEF's Edel Sheridan, the Deputy of the Secretariat and Technical Leader of Batteries Europe ETIP. To achieve this, batteries play a key role. She showed us how the battery ecosystem in Europe is organized, and explained the specific roles of each entity:

  • The European Battery Alliance was established in 2017 to lift early-stage industry stakeholders to develop their technology and have a strong and united voice towards policy making.  
  • Batteries Europe ETIP was established in 2019 as a hub connecting all parts of the European battery ecosystem. Batteries Europe ETIP develops the Strategic Research Agenda for batteries mostly for the short and medium term.
  • The initiative Battery 2030+ has a long-term view on battery technology with a strong focus on high innovation to support the industry. Several EU calls are directly linked to Battery 2030+.

Edel Sheridan presented the Strategic Research Agenda for batteries 2020, which will be published shortly, and includes current and target Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to understand the state-of-the-art and to drive the research in the right direction. The SRA has included the whole value chain with a holistic approach. There are four cross-cutting topics: education, digitalization, sustainability and safety and six focus areas: 1. new and emerging battery technologies, 2. raw materials and recycling, 3. advanced materials, 4. manufacturing and cell design, 5. integration of batteries for mobility and 6. batteries for stationary storage.

Anita Fossdal from ENOVA presented the opportunity for funding through the EU ETS Innovation Fund. Unlike other EU funding programmes, the Innovation Fund does not require a consortium of stakeholders from several different European countries. Rather, the Innovation Fund shall accelerate greenhouse gas emissions avoidance by funding any innovative high-TRL project which aims to establish and operate technological emission saving solutions on an industrial scale – within all sectors. The deadline for the first call, for large scale projects (> 7.5 MEUR), was in end of October, the call for smaller scale projects will be announced in the beginning of December.

Dr Fride Vullum-Bruer gave us an overview of the battery initiatives in Norway. According to NHO's recent report Grønne Elektriske Verdikjeder, the potential for annual value creation in Norway along the battery value chain is 8 billion EUR. A mix between well-established industry (e.g. Hydro, Elkem) and start-ups (e.g. FREYR, Morrow, Beyonder) have in the recent years started large initiatives along the battery value chain in Norway – from battery materials production to cell production to second life applications and recycling. BEACON are open-to-all networks of battery stakeholders to create synergies and collaborations and be a united voice towards Norwegian and European policy makers.

Andreas Bratland from the Research Council of Norway and Eva Langslet from Innovation Norway presented the opportunities for funding within the national schemes.

Innovation Norway has an own battery team working specifically with making Norway an attractive arena for national and international battery industry and a large network with local presence all over Norway and in 29 countries around the world, eager to help stakeholders to get in contact with suppliers, investors and strategic partners abroad. Eva encourages interested parties to establish contact with their regional IN office before submitting an application – early in the project development phase. Moreover, Innovation Norway can be of great support for Norwegian stakeholders who want to apply for EU funding, with finding relevant calls, developing projects and finding partners.

Project Information

Project duration:

01/07/2020 - 05/07/2023

Contact person:

Simon Clark

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