European Battery Alliance / European Battery Alliance Academy (Industry Sector Initiative)

Last Updated: 05/12/2024

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Overview

Launched by the European Commission in 2017, the European Battery Alliance (EBA) was created to enable Europe to compete globally in an industry sector critical to the green and digital transition of the European economy.

The EBA subsequently provided a framework to bring together key stakeholders (the European Union, member states, European Investment Bank, and industrial and innovation leaders) to develop a collaborative strategic plan. The Strategic Action Plan on Batteries was adopted in 2018.

In 2022, the European Union reported that 111 major battery projects were in development across EU member states. Priority areas for action in 2022 included:

  • Agreement on/adoption of the Commission proposal for regulation on sustainable batteries
  • Diversification of sources of battery raw materials through cooperation with trade partner countries
  • Streamlining permitting procedures for battery raw material projects in member states, in line with highest environmental standards
  • Improving/facilitating access to funding for projects in Europe
  • Launching national reskilling and upskilling programs, taking advantage of the newly-established EBA Academy, to prepare and rollout country-specific reskilling and upskilling programs.

European Battery Alliance Academy

The Academy was established as part of the Alliance’s work. Providing industry-proven learning content, training programs, experts, educational technology, and certifications, the Academy operates under the framework of the EBA. The Academy coordinates more than 500 key players from 18 different countries into a single, comprehensive learning service to make upskilling and reskilling a reality.

The Alliance is managed by EIT InnoEnergy, one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

This largescale industry sector work is an example of an “all of workforce” approach – developing occupational pathways especially offered through microcredentials.  Pathways include assembly operators, battery lab technicians, power electronics engineers, and innovation manager battery systems.

Background

Given serious skills shortages in the rapidly growing European battery industry, work was needed to strengthen skills and education to expand Europe’s battery market as part of its green and digital transition. The European Battery Alliance Academy has a mission to train, reskill, and upskill approximately 800,000 workers by 2025. This work is contributing to ensuring Europe’s role as a global tech leader in sustainable battery technology.

Funding

The European Battery Alliance is offering One-Stop-Shop to EU Finance services to simplify access to public funding for start-ups and scale-ups across the battery value chain by providing guidance on how to get access to public funding more efficiently.

EIT InnoEnergy supports the Academy's work with a grant of EUR 10 million under the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU). This funding is enabling the Academy to provide high-quality training and education to industry workers.

References

EBA Academy: https://www.eba250.com/eba-academy/?cn-reloaded=1

Press Release: https://single-market-economy.ec.europa.eu/news/european-battery-alliance-moves-ahead-new-european-battery-academy-launched-boost-skills-fast-2022-02-23_en

 

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