Opportunities for the Netherlands
Innovative battery technology is fundamental for achieving and accelerating the energy transition. Since the Netherlands has a number of skills essential for the battery chain, we have the opportunity to take the lead in the European battery chain. For example, the Netherlands has a large number of market leaders in heavy transport, such as VDL Groep, Damen Shipyards and DAF Trucks, that are investing in the production of electric vehicles. In addition, the Netherlands, and especially the Brainport Eindhoven region, has a lot of knowledge regarding materials, such as thin film technology, and the development of complex production processes and machines. And given the importance of recycling and re-use, this provides the Netherlands with lots of opportunities for economic development in the field of battery technology.
By joining forces in the Battery Competence Center, the partners involved are working together to bring the production of battery packs to the Netherlands, to strengthen the competitive position of the market leaders and to help promising startups grow into successful battery companies. The mission of the Battery Competence Center is to develop, jointly with the ecosystem, unique battery knowledge and skills and to make that knowledge and those skills available for the Dutch industry. The ambition of the Battery Competence is to become a leading center of expertise regarding the development of application-driven battery technology. Resulting in:
- Technological leadership and an improved competitive position
- Reduction of purchasing costs and reduced (international) dependency
- Creation of added value in the Netherlands
- Preservation and growth of employment