“Power Our Future”, the biennial congress organized by the Basque research center to showcase the latest developments and trends in battery and capacitor technologies worldwide, will be held from 5 to 8 July at the Europa Conference Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research centre member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), leader in energy storage and specialized in batteries, thermal energy solutions and hydrogen technologies, will once again bring together leading international experts in batteries and capacitors in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the province of Álava, as part of the "Power Our Future" congress organized every two years by CIC energiGUNE to analyze the latest developments and trends in battery and capacitor technologies worldwide. The event will take place between July 5 and 8 at the Palacio Europa and will be attended by 140 researchers and experts of the highest relevance in the sector, such as Michel Armand, CIC energiGUNE scientist -considered the most relevant researcher in Spain in the field of Energy according to Stanford University- and Chairman of this fifth edition of the Congress.

"After a three-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the congress back this year. Above all, we are convinced that we have now reached the decisive point in the race to develop the new generation of batteries: industrialization", Montse Casas-Cabanas, co-chairwoman of "Power Our Future" and Scientific Coordinator of the Electrochemical Storage Area at CIC energiGUNE, explained.

With this in mind, the organizers of "Power Our Future" have introduced a specific session dedicated to Industry as a new feature at this edition, with the aim of enabling access routes for research work. This session is scheduled for Friday, 8 July, as the closing event of the conference program, and will include the participation of companies such as BASQUEVOLT, BCARE and Blue Solutions, amongst others.

The scientific sessions of the congress will get underway on Tuesday, 5 July, with a welcome by the Basque institutions that will immediately give way to the first plenary session hosted by the congress chairman, Michel Armand. This first session will focus on "Metal-organic framework derivatives for superior sodium storage" and the keynote speaker will be Stefano Passerini, director and professor at the Helmholtz Ulm Institute (HUI) in Germany. Subsequently, another plenary session will be held on the "Importance of Interfaces in Enabling Fast-Charging Solid-State Batteries", led by Ainara Aguadero, Tenured Scientist at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid / Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC).

Conference activity will be stepped up on Wednesday, 6 July, with four scientific sessions, including one on "Electrochemistry at the nanoscale: applications to materials for energy storage". The keynote speaker for this session, which will close the day´s program, will be Patrice Simon, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at the Université Paul Sabatier / Paul Sabatier University and considered to be the leading international reference in research into supercapacitors.

"K-ion Chemistry from Liquid to Solid Electrolytes" will be the title of the opening session on Thursday, 7 July, the keynote speaker of which will be Shinichi Komaba, Professor at the Department of Applied Chemistry at the Tokyo University of Science (Japan), and renowned for his expertise in sodium batteries. On the afternoon of the same day, Kristina Edström, Coordinator of the European Large-Scale Research Program Battery 2030Plus, is scheduled to speak.

Finally, on Friday, 8 July, the fifth edition of "Power Our Future" will end with the aforementioned session dedicated to Industry. Prior to this, there will be a scientific round table discussion on "Routes to Improved Electrode Manufacturing", featuring Margret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, Head of the Electrochemical Materials Research Department at ZSW (Germany).

 "The presence in Vitoria-Gasteiz of scientists who are setting the pace of research into the new generation of batteries worldwide highlights the quality and solidity of the work we are doing at CIC energiGUNE, and should serve as an incentive for us to maintain our position as a benchmark organization, especially in the field of solid-state batteries", concluded Montse Casas-Cabanas.

Full details on the congress program and sessions are available at web del evento.

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