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Time to recharge thinking on batteries

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 16:38 -- John Shepherd

It’s high time to recharge Europe’s thinking on batteries.

As we report this week, it’s taken a bunch of bureaucratic number crunchers to tell EU leaders what anyone who works in the battery industry has known for a while.

According to the European Court of Auditors, EU plans to build a world-class battery cells industry are lagging behind international competitors. And work to date has focused too much on existing rather than “breakthrough” technologies.

Elections will soon usher in a new European Parliament and Commission and the first order of business should be to rethink and recharge policies on batteries and energy storage technology.

The newcomers in Brussels would also do well to heed the call from the International Lead Association and actively embrace all battery technologies. If they don’t, EU aspirations to challenge Asian competitors and others in the battery market will go nowhere fast.

We’ve also got the inside story on a new joint venture deal between France’s Saft and Chinese lead-acid battery group Tianneng Energy Technology.

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