Batteries Summit 2019, the European summit meeting on batteries organised by CIC energiGUNE and held this morning in the Álava Technology Park, has highlighted both the challenges and opportunities facing Europe in this field and the importance of advancing in the development of new technologies that guarantee a competitive position in the electric car market. "Europe must invent the batteries of the future", warned Kristina Edström, coordinator of BATTERY 2030+, one of the main initiatives launched by Europe to promote scientific research to reduce the technology gap with other leading economies in this field.
The summit was opened by Nuria Gisbert, Director General of CIC energiGUNE, Ana Oregi, Deputy Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Ramiro González, President of the Provincial Government of Álava, all of whom highlighted the importance of the work being done by CIC energiGUNE to position Álava and the Basque Country amongst the most advanced economies in this field, as well as their direct relationship with the country´s strategic commitment to knowledge and the new economy.
The event, defined as the "summit of the European ecosystem for the battery revolution", was divided into two parts. In the first part, the initial presentation was given by Kristina Edström, who combines her coordination work in BATTERY 2030+ with her teaching work as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Uppsala (Sweden). Edström warned that Europe has very clear objectives to meet in order to advance in this field, which include "developing disruptive technologies for the value chain of the automotive industry" and, especially, "inventing the battery of the future".