08 July 2022
There is much the maritime sector can learn from other sectors, such as the automotive industry
The Battery Competence Center is developing activities as part of the thematic pillars to acquire the necessary knowledge and to increase competitiveness.
Firstly, focus will be on ecosystem and business development. By connecting companies in the Netherlands and linking them with international parties, challenges and projects can be jointly tackled. Using knowledge and collaborations to create value will lead to new businesses and growth.
Secondly, efforts are being made to draw up joint technological roadmaps and collaboration projects. By jointly working towards future goals from different perspectives, companies can focus on the right challenges and opportunities. By taking this approach, the participating parties will be informed of the latest technological developments and the OEMs and battery pack developers can incorporate these new technologies into their new systems. The higher energy density of LionVolt's 3D solid state batteries, for example, allows for the production of smaller and lighter battery packs. Subsequently, the electronics used to control the battery packs shall also have to be changed. This will affect the design of the bus or truck, for example. The more companies are collaborating and exchanging knowledge, the more opportunities are being created for the Dutch economy.
And finally, shared R&D facilities are being realized as part of the three pillars. The development of battery technology is complex. To prove certain combination of technologies work, it is important that these combinations are tested and that pilot productions are being set up. By investing in shared R&D facilities via the Battery Competence Center, costs will be saved for a large number of companies in the Dutch battery chain. Such R&D facilities include test equipment, clean rooms, (pre-) pilot production lines and more.
Knowledge institutes like TNO Traffic & Transport, Holst Centre, TU Eindhoven and Maastricht University contribute to all three pillars. These institutes have a lot of knowledge regarding next generation battery materials and production technologies. Knowledge that is valuable to the market.
A Program Office has been set up to streamline and expand the activities of the Battery Competence Center. Initially, the Program Office will be staffed by Brainport Development, RAI Automotive Industry NL and Netherlands Maritime Technology. Knowledge institutes TU/e and TNO and the industry partners DAF Trucks, VDL, ELEO and Damen Shipyards will act as the steering committee. The Program Office and the activities can be scaled up, if needed and desired, to allow the ecosystem to grow. In addition, the Battery Competence Center seeks cooperation with other large-scale innovation programs in the Brainport Eindhoven region, such as the Brainport Line and ‘Smart & Green Transport Delta’, an automotive innovation program.