In this issue
Annual General Meeting & FORUM, 11 - 12 June, Brussels
EUROBAT reaction to 'Energy Union'
Closed-loop report launched
Committee on Environmental Matters
Automotive Batteries Committee
Industrial Batteries Committee
Batteries 2020
Latest Industry Events
Upcoming Events
This Newsletter brings you the latest news of the association.
We hope you will find this information useful. Please feel free to contact us should you need any additional information.  

Best wishes,
Brussels, Belgium

After the succesfull event last year, EUROBAT has decided to host the AGM & FORUM a second time in a row in the EU's capital city, Brussels. On 11 June, Committee meetings and the AGM will be held, followed by the official dinner in the evening. The venue for the dinner is the Palais des Colonies in Tervueren, just outside Brussels. On 12 June,  members and external participants will gather at the Marriott Hotel in the center of Brussels for EUROBAT's Forum. 

The Forum will cover three sessions: 
1. Closed-loop recycling of the different battery technologies
2. Research & development trends in the e-Mobility batteries field
3. Europe's Energy Union - what role for Battery Energy Storage?

The keynote speech will be delivered by Gwenole Cozigou, Director in charge of REACH at DG GROW. The event will be moderated by Julian Oliver.
Registration for EUROBAT's AGM and Forum 2015 can be done here.


EUROBAT reaction to the EU 'Energy Union'
EUROBAT is following closely the policy debate on the new EU Energy Union framework, published on 25th February and with important implications for the overall EU energy policy. 



The new energy document identifies five key pillars for the EU energy policy: energy security, internal energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation of the economy and research and innovation (R&I). EUROBAT has issued a statement in reaction to the strategy, expressing its support to the strategy and remarking the contribution of battery energy storage to the achievement of the Energy Union targets. 


EUROBAT has also initiated work on a report on energy storage that will highlight the regulatory and legislative barriers to battery energy storage in Europe, analyzing also successful markets and best practices and advancing possible legislative proposals to overcome these barriers. 


Closed-loop report launched at EUROBAT media briefing in Brussels

At the end of 2014, EUROBAT launched the report on closed-loop recycling for lead-based batteries in automotive applications at a media briefing event in Brussels. The report was the result of joint work with ILA and OEMs (ACEA/JAMA/KAMA). 


In their presentations, EUROBAT President Johann Friedrich-Dempwolff, Executive Director Alfons Westgeest and CEM Chairman Karsten Kurz, underlined that all battery chemistries (lead, nickel, sodium and lithium) have their role to play and that national and EU regulators must not ban any particular battery chemistries. The purpose of the media briefing event was to brief the Brussels-based press and partner associations about our policy priorities, and how automotive and industrial batteries can help overcome societal challenges.

The event video is available here




REACH Regulation - Update on advocacy actions  


Following the submission of the EUROBAT contribution to the ECHA and EC consultations on the inclusion of four lead compounds on the REACH authorisation list, CEM members and the EUROBAT secretariat have started communicating our key messages to decision-makers. 


Joint ILA-EUROBAT meetings were held with relevant EC officials in the last weeks. Further meetings in Brussels and at national level are scheduled for March.

As next step, ECHA will discuss and prepare their draft recommendation for inclusion in the authorisation list. This will be then submitted to the EC, which will take the final decision by the end of this year. 

 For more information contact Rene Schroeder (  




EUROBAT R&D Battery Roadmap on e-Mobility  


The ABC's e-Mobility working group is drafting the final text of the EUROBAT Roadmap on R&D priority areas for e-Mobility battery technologies. The Roadmap should be finalized in the first half of 2015 and presented during at the EUROBAT Forum. 


The group is also working with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between EUROBAT and the JRC on e-mobility. EUROBAT responded to the European Green Vehicles Initiative Association (EGVIA) call to submit proposals for future EGVI call topics; EUROBAT expressed interest as dissemination partner and for regulatory issues to bridge with ongoing developments in the wider battery area.


For more information about the ABC activities, please contact Erwin Marckx ( or Francesco Gattiglio (

Review of IEC leadership 

The mandate of Mr. Friedrich Kramm, as current IEC TC 21 chairman has been extended for another three years. IEC standardization has been identified as an important instrument to boost new markets. A very important development in that sense is the new IEC 61.427-2 project on "Standards for grid-connected battery storage" to support the market development of batteries for storage in the grid. 


For information on IBC activities, please contact Erwin Marckx ( or Francesco Gattiglio (


Batteries 2020

The  project partners of the FP7 R&D project "Batteries 2020" are in the phase of measuring and compiling the results of different tests with generation phase-one cells produced by Leclanché, which includes battery materials developed by Umicore. 


The results on thermal investigations were presented at the European Electric Vehicle Conference (EEVC 2014) in Brussels December 2014. Updated results from the tests related to EV and second life residential applications will be presented in the International Conference of Industrial Technology (ICIT), which will be held in Spain/Seville in March 2015, as well as at the Electric Vehicle Symposium 2014 (EVS 28), which will be held in Goyang / South-Korea in May 2015. 


Under impuls of the European Commission, Batteries 2020 joined the European Cluster on 4th generation EVs, which contains also the projects "eDAS"  (Holistic energy management for 3rd and 4th generation Evs),"iCOMPOSE" Integrated Control of Multiple-Moto and Multiple-Storage Fully Evs), "INCOBAT" (Innovative Cost Effficient  Managament System for Next Generation HV Batteries) and "IMPROVE" (Integration & Management of Performance and Road Efficiency of EV electronics)


The aim of the Commission is to foster information exchange for the alignment of EU R&D activities, to gain synergistic technical understanding for future Evs and to coordinate joint dissemination/marketing events to achieve higher visibility and higher impact. The latest plenary workshop of Batteries 2020 was scheduled in Brussels in the premises of the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) on 16/17 February 2015. EUROBAT attended this meeting as dissemination partner of the project.

Latest Industry Events 

Members and staff of EUROBAT gave presentations at important conferences in the past weeks: 


Alfons Westgeest gave the keynote speech during the session on 'Battery technologies - update of cases where e-mobility and energy storage make progress in a sustainable way' at the European Electric Vehicle Congress in Brussels. 


Alfons Westgeest participated at the European Utility Week in Amsterdam and chaired the session on 'Energy Storage -  Innovation and Leading Projects Under the Spotlight'. 


Rene Schroeder represented EUROBAT during a panel discussion on 'Li-ion batteries - the future for graphite demand?' during the 4th Graphite & Graphene conference in Berlin

Upcoming Events

Energy Storage Europe 2015, 9 - 11 March, Düsseldorf, Germany
100+ world-class speakers will share information on the latest developments, trends, technologies, business and financing models in specialized lectures. Event website.

9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference, 9 - 11 March, Düsseldorf, Germany
EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) will continue the IRES series in 2015. The series of IRES conferences has emerged as the leading forum for the discussion of the pressing problems with renewable energy storage by drawing together one of the largest gatherings of scientific and economic experts worldwide. Event website.

15th International Automobile Recycling Congress, 25 - 27 March, Berlin, Germany
The congress is a platform to exchange the latest information, to meet your business partners and to get easy access to new potential clients. It addresses all issues around the recycling of end-of-life vehicles. Event website.

SOLAREXPO - the Innovation Cloud, 8 - 10 April, Milan, Italy
SOLAREXPO | INNOVATION CLOUD is an exhibition & conference platform that - through its multi-technology format - has anticipated the overcoming of business barriers between renewables and energy efficiency while leaning towards the hybridization of various innovative solutions.
Event website.

19th International Lead Conference, 22  - 24 April, Lisbon, Portugal
The event is organised by the International Lead Association and is the only global conference on lead that is run by the industry, for the industry.  The event will be held back-to-back with the International Lead and Zinc Study Group's Spring Meetings, providing a unique opportunity to interact with governments from many of the world's major lead producing countries. Event website.

Intersolar Europe & Electrical Energy Storage Europe Conference, 10 - 12 June, Munich, Germany
ees Europe is the industry hotspot for suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and users of stationary and mobile electrical energy storage solutions. It takes place annually in conjunction with Intersolar Europe, the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry, in Munich, Germany. Event website.

EUROBAT AGM/FORUM,11 - 12 June, Brussels, Belgium
The annual EUROBAT AGM/FORUM will be held on 11 and 12 June at the Marriott Hotel in Brussels.

EUROBAT will be speaking at the following events:  


Launch event of the European Climate Foundation (ECF) of their report "Fuelling Britain's 

Future" - Technical Report and summary", 9 March, London
Norbert Maleschitz, VP R&D  Europe for  
EXIDE and Vice-Chair of ABC, and Francesco Gattiglio,

EUROBAT secretariat, will represent EUROBAT.


9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference, 10 March, Düsseldorf

EUROBAT Executive Director Alfons Westgeest will give a presentation on 'Energy storage 

through batteries as part of the overall drive for Europe's energy policy'.


Energy Storage Europe 2015, 11 March, Düsseldorf

EUROBAT Executive Director Alfons Westgeest will give a presentation on 'Batteries - 

Market Overview Europe'. Nicola Cosciani CEO, FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions, will be 

speaking about 'Italy - Market for Storage'.


15th International Automobile Recycling Congress, 26 March, Berlin

Dr Frank Toubartz, Johnson Controls Power Solutions, will give a presentation on 'Manufacturing - Use - End-of-Life - Closed-loop system for Lead-based batteries in automotive applications'

19th International Lead Conference, 22 - 24 April, Lisbon

Karsten Kurz, Director Environmental Affairs, Exide Technologies, Germany, and Chairman of 
EUROBAT's Committee for Environmental Matters (CEM) will be speaking about 'Lithium Ion 

Battery Identification and Safety Issue in Lead Recycling'. 



Rene Schroeder
EU Affairs Manager


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