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10 November 2023

Dutch Battery Days in Enschede and Münster

Cooperation and innovation with North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - The Dutch Battery Days took place in Enschede and Münster on 9 and 10 November 2023!

The Dutch battery ecosystem is joining forces in the research and development of next-generation batteries that contain less critical raw materials such as nickel or cobalt. Ultimately it is about achieving a strong Dutch and European position. 

The first day of Battery Days 2023 took place on the premises of the University of Twente and  focused on research, design and production of the next generation of batteries on both sides of the border. In addition to prominent Dutch speakers, German scientists and companies were also present to strengthen this collaboration, especially from the Münster region. Jeroen Heijs, Deputy Director of Innovation & Knowledge at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, opened the first day: "The Netherlands has an international perspective and a strong battery ecosystem. Our network of companies, knowledge institutions and governments offers opportunities to strengthen cooperation with Germany. A collaboration that is already showing great successes in battery technology and the battery value chain on the way to a sustainable future."

The Battery Day in Münter took place at the IHK Nord Westfalen, the Meet Battery Research Institute and the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production (FFB)

Festive moment

A notable highlight was the symbolic final approval of the National Growth Fund proposal "Material Independence and Circular Batteries", submitted by Battery Competence Cluster - NL (BCC-NL). This proposal, developed in collaboration with more than 60 companies and knowledge institutions, aims to make the Netherlands less dependent on scarce and critical raw materials for batteries and to take advantage of the opportunities in the battery industry. Heijs indicated that many National Growth Fund proposals had been submitted. This proposal has actually received funding because it makes the Netherlands less dependent when it comes to raw materials for batteries, has a strong ecosystem, ensures international cooperation and makes a good contribution to the Dutch economy.

Rutger van Poppel, program manager of BCC-NL, explained how the budget is being used to create a strategic position at various positions in the battery value chain. The focus should be on the existing strengths of the Dutch battery ecosystem. With confidence, based on the unique competencies and companies in the Netherlands, we can focus on specific sectors where batteries become necessary. Van Poppel indicated that in the coming years, even more companies will be able to join the program through open calls.

Here is the video.

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