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Pb is missing link in EU battery strategy

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:01 -- John Shepherd

EU leaders have released a long-awaited ‘strategic action plan’ that says batteries should be at the heart of future industrial strategy.

But lead-acid was not even mentioned (unlike lithium) in the document— published as part of the outgoing European Commission’s ‘State of the Energy Union’ report: ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries: Building a Strategic Battery Value Chain in Europe.’

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EU ‘lagging behind competitors’ on battery cells

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:23 -- John Shepherd
Photo: EU's Robert Meerding

The EU is “lagging behind international competitors” in its quest to build a world-beating battery cells production industry, a report has warned.

The briefing paper by the European Court of Auditors— the EU’s independent external auditor— said Europe needs to “ensure a coherent strategy” for developing energy storage technologies and “reduce the complexity of EU research funding”.

Without a change in policies, ambitious manufacturing, energy saving and climate goals set by the European Battery Alliance could fail to materialise, the paper warned.

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