The Volkswagen Group and partners from research and industry in seven EU member states are joining forces in the European Battery Union consortium. The EBU is looking for taxpayer subsidies for battery research. The new consortium is to be led by the Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt.
The joint research activities of the European Battery Union will cover raw materials through cell technology to recycling. The major objective is to obtain broader knowledge on battery cell production. Collaboration will range from raw material production, to cell technology and cell production processes to recycling.
The research activities will also focus on the development and engineering of plant technologies allowing sustainable, climate friendly and competitive battery cell production in the European Union.
All the partners will step up their investments as a result of the planned additional research activities. These investments could receive financial support from funding announced by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
All the results of research work by the European Battery Union will be exchanged between all the partners across national borders. The joint research activities are to start at the beginning of 2020.