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The Cluster Hub “Production of raw materials for batteries from European resources” is a knowledge exchange ecosystem, where partners involved in different European projects (private companies, support organisations, experts, universities and research institutes) can identify and discuss common topics related to their projects, and to the production of materials for batteries, as well as synergies that can foster innovations in this field.

The initiative to establish a permanent clustering hub appeared first in November 2022, during the 7th edition of the Raw Materials Week, when eight EU-funded projects gathered together for the workshop with the same name: “Production of raw materials for batteries from European sources”. Encouraged by a first successful event, and echoed by the stakeholders’ vivid interest for collaboration, the European Commission welcomed with enthusiasm the proposal to establish a permanent Clustering Hub.

This year’s annual meeting will allow all representatives – counting today no less than 12 projects, to share the preliminary results of their work, address the remaining challenges that all EU initiatives face, and interact with external stakeholders actively interested in the issues and opportunities raised by these projects.

The Cluster Hub’s annual workshop is a satellite event organised within the Raw Materials Week 2023, and it will take place in hybrid format, on 16 November 2023. 

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The ENICON Horizon Europe funded research project, organizes the 1st Capacity Building Seminar, on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2023. The seminar will take place at the Technical University of Crete’s Campus, Greece, in a hybrid format.

The target group of the seminar involves mainly graduate and post graduate students and early stage researchers, however all students and researchers in topics related to ENICON’s objectives are welcome.

The seminar will take place at the Technical University of Crete’s Campus, Greece, in a hybrid format. Four lectures will be given by Prof. Koen Binnemans (KU Leuven), Prof. M. Konsolakis (TUC), Dr. Arne Peys (VITO) and Dr. George Bartzas (ΤUC), who are experts in their fields.

A Zoom link will be provided to the registered participants after the closing of the registration period.

The detailed program is the following:

Lecturer Lecture Date
Prof. Koen Binnemans (KU Leuven)  The 12 Principles of Circular Hydrometallurgy 2/10/2023

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM

(local time, UTC +2)

Dr. Arne Peys (VITO) Matrix valorization of mining and process residues: what to do with the rest of the material after extracting 1% of valuable metals 2/10/2023

14.00 PM – 16.00 PM

(local time, UTC +2)

Prof. M. Konsolakis (TUC)  Rational design of Ni- and Co-based catalysts for energy transition and environmental sustainability 3/10/2023

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM

(local time, UTC +2)

Dr. George Bartzas (ΤUC) Environmental challenges of nickel metal industry through life cycle assessment 3/10/2023

14.00 PM – 16.00 PM

(local time, UTC +2)

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The RESPECT project is already in its first year of development, and to celebrate this important corner stone, they organise a launch event. It is time to introduce the project and discover how the RESPECT project is going to drive a positive change and accelerate the transition towards a cleaner, more sustainable world.

The event will take place online on the 5th of October from 09:00 to 12:25 CEST.

In the framework of the launch event, Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) is going to provide a workshop: „Sharing the best practices and common expertise to improve EU-funded R&I projects efficiency and dissemination results“. Including 2 fruitful Panel Discussions:

  1. „Lessons learned from other clusters“ (Collabat, Solid4B (waiting for confirmation) and Battery heroes)
  2. “Clustering activities for the projects on Sustainable, safe and efficient recycling processes?” (RESPECT, FREE4LIB, RHINOCEROS (waiting for confirmation))

The 3 Panel discussion “How do R&D projects support the creation of the EU battery value chain and the implementation of the new legislative requirements?” will cover several aspects related to the implementation of Battery Regulation.

Registration link

Project description:

RESPECT project proposes a logistical chain of disruptive, flexible, sustainable and versatile recycling processes that consider the safety aspects of battery opening and deactivation, and utilizes hydrometallurgy or direct recycling, depending on the targeted LIBs to be treated, thereby supporting the next generation of battery materials development.

The vision of the RESPECT project is to contribute to paving the way for increasing global competitiveness, strategic autonomy and circularity of the European battery ecosystem by developing innovative green recycling materials recovery processes, and thus supporting the growing Li-ion battery manufacturing in Europe.

The 2023 Batteries Event will take place in October 10th-13th, 2023 in Centre des Congrès – Lyon – France.

After a very successful 2022 event that gathered 750+ participants from the battery industry, the conference’s ambition is to keep growing and welcome more than 900 participants in 2023!

As always, the organisers’ goal is to create the perfect forum where all the battery industry stakeholders will be able to meet, discuss industry trends and best practices – from the battery production to its recycling. More than 90 stakeholders will showcase their products & services with an individual booth.

What happened in the last 25 years?

The Li-ion battery market has increased from 2 GWh to more than 725 GWh! In value, the market for batteries and their components has experienced a strong double-digit growth and several positive factors ensure the fast-growing evolution of the market.

What is Batteries Event 2023’s ambition?

3 days to inspire, learn, understand, inform and share. The objective is to bring together at least 900 people from across the industry (researchers, raw material suppliers, components, manufacturers, consultants, intellectuals …). Over 130+ selected speakers, thematic conferences, 90+ exhibitors, quality networking moments and friendliness are only a few highlights the Batteries Event has in place for the 2023 edition.

More information about the Batteries Event 2023

In the frame of the 2nd International Conference on Raw Materials and Circular Economy RawMat’, the Horizon Europe projects ENICON and EXCEED co-organise an event about Energy Transition Metals in order to bring together industry and academia to discuss all the current trends and challenges towards the transition to a net-zero economy.

This event will include selected presentations, followed by a round table discussion.

The event will take place on 30 August in the interval 14:00-18:30 at the conference venue.

Raw Materials: Setting the foundation for the Green Transition

RawMat2023 aims to bring together the Academic community, engineers, early-stage scientists as well as senior scientists, industry executives, stakeholders and policy makers, and other professionals in the field of raw materials and circular economy for a comprehensive, cross-discipline exchange of knowledge.

Main Conference Topics

Following the demands and trends of modern society, RawMat2023 shall address a wide range of technological developments and future challenges regarding Raw Materials with an emphasis on Circular Economy aspects. RawMat2023 covers a broad list of topics as follows:

More information about RawMat 2023

Interested to join the Cluster Hub or learn more about this initiative?