CIC energiGUNE, member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA) and the leading energy storage Basque research center specialized in batteries, thermal energy solutions and hydrogen technologies, has described the outcome of the 5th "Power Our Future" Congress, held in Vitoria-Gasteiz last week with the participation of the sector´s leading experts, as highly satisfactory. The organization has particularly highlighted the capability and proficiency level of the industry to start production of solid-state batteries, and the presentation of new breakthroughs in alternative metal-ion technologies to lithium, such as sodium or potassium.
"One of the main features of this congress has been the excellent quality of all the contributions, which have spanned all the most topical issues in the field of batteries: advanced materials for different technologies, sustainability, safety and manufacturability", said Montse Casas-Cabanas, Vice-President of "Power Our Future" and Scientific Coordinator of the Electrochemical Storage Area at CIC energiGUNE.
In this respect, Dr. Casas pointed out that the congress addressed not only the current challenges facing Li-ion technology but also those related to the new generations of batteries, especially solid-state batteries and Na-ion, K-ion and flow batteries, as well as supercapacitors. To this end, the congress featured 17 keynote papers, 31 oral presentations and 35 posters, with participants from 10 different countries.
"It has been an inclusive, gender-balanced congress, which has encouraged the participation of researchers at all stages of their careers and given opportunities to young researchers," explained Dr. Casas, who also highlighted the presence of Michel Armand, President of the Congress and renowned CIC energiGUNE scientist, who has been the inspiration for many of the research projects presented.