Dutch Battery Ecosystem and National Strategy

Battery technology is of strategic importance for the mobility sector and energy transition. Therefore, it is key to develop the necessary knowledge and competences in an organized take a position in the global competitive battery supply chain. With some key competences in heavy duty mobility, next generation cell components, complex (thin-film) production equipment and circularity, the Netherlands has the opportunity to take position in this value chain.

A presentation by Rutger van Poppel, Program Manager at the Battery Competence Center.

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Question 1: What drives you?
We aim to strengthen the Dutch battery ecosystem, energy and mobility sector through enhancing collaborations in the Dutch battery value chain. This asks for a long-term national strategy and innovation program. That’s what we aim to achieve with the Battery Competence Center.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your session?
If you want to learn more on the national approach being taken in the Netherlands to strengthen the Dutch battery ecosystem and how we aim to position ourselves in the European value chain, the presentation will give you the latest information.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
First of all it is important to create and integrate more circular strategies and designs in the development of current li-ion battery concepts. Battery recycling (and it’s technologies) is still in it’s early stages and therefore it is still difficult to fully integrate the right circular design concepts at the beginning of battery development. The coming years will be important in developing such strategies and better understanding and integrating early stage product design with end of life recycling.

Secondly, new battery cell concepts will be put into place. First it will be li-ion concepts with improved chemicals or different cell designs. Such as silicon instead of graphite anodes. With LeydenJar and E-Magy the Netherlands has some key players in this field.
In the longer run solid state concepts will be put into the market. The ‘wet’ electrolyte will be replaced with solid state alternatives, enhancing the energy density and safety.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Improvement of battery safety, capacity, sustainability and lifetime

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The main barrier in developing next generation battery cell components is scaling towards larger scale production. Currently the technologies have mainly been proven on small (lab/pilot) scale and it is necessary to prove that it works similarly on largers scales for huge markets as the automotive market. Developing and improve the production technology and processes (like PECVD and sALD) is key in this matter.

About Rutger van Poppel
Rutger van Poppel, living in Eindhoven and working for Brainport Development for 4 years now. Studied Supply Chain Management and Strategic Management at the Tilburg University through which I created a strong interest in innovation clusters and ecosystems.

About Battery Competence Center
The Battery Competence Center (which will become the Battery Competence Cluster – NL shortly) is the innovation platform where the governmant, industry and knowledge institutes collaborate in order to enhance the Dutch battery value chain.

Rutger van Poppel is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Mobility Conference.

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