The European battery industry is committed to continuously developing and presenting new viable technical solutions, which helps combat climate change and reduce CO2 emissions in the fields of transportation and energy supply.
The strong impetus of the European Union’s program for Sustainable Development presents challenges on major issues for industry input for the future, especially related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increased renewable energy storage, importance of security of energy supply and a growing demand for hybrid and full electric vehicles. Within that framework, electricity is becoming a key energy carrier that requires storage systems that match the requirement of easy availability at the point of use. The European battery industry is committed to producing sustainable batteries in Europe for the European and world markets that contribute to the objectives of the EU climate protection policy as an efficient and clean energy storage solution.
The European Commission’s “Green sustainable development strategies” have made significant changes compulsory to policies in several sectors, directly related to the battery/energy storage industry, such as:
- An essential need for very large reduction of CO2 emissions in the long term, and therefore to structure energy markets to encourage low-carbon technologies, and
- More ambitious targets to reduce fuel consumption of vehicles creating a need to work out measures to promote environmentally friendly forms of transport.
In an attempt to combat CO2 emissions, more renewable energy sources are coming online in the form of wind, hydro and solar energy. Due to the intermittent nature of these sources and a need to ensure that energy supply adjusts to consumption peaks, energy storage will be a key issue in the achievement of these targets and grid stability. Batteries, as autonomous and well proved electrochemical energy storage systems, are enabling technologies for future sustainable energy systems, characterized by a higher integration of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) into grids and decentralized generation. In the absence of a local electricity grid in developing countries, e.g. in the case of rural electrification, batteries have a key role to play in off-grid and mini-grid configurations to store the energy RES sources and release it when needed (night time, low wind etc) for the benefit of local users, households and industry.