ALBATTS at the 'Transport Research Arena’, the largest European research and technology conference on transport and mobility
The Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the European transport event covering all transport modes and all aspects of mobility.
This year, TRA was held in Lisbon under the theme ‘Moving together – reimagining mobility worldwide’, and brought together experts from around the world to discuss the newest innovations and future of mobility and transport.
Upon invitation of Wouter Ijzermans, the Executive Director of the Batteries European Partnership Association, project ALBATTS attended this event by participating in the session named ‘Electrification of mobility – EU R&I community efforts’. We were represented by João Alves, R&D Projects Area Coordinator at ATEC.
The overall goal of the ‘Electrification of mobility – EU R&I community efforts’ session was to present the ongoing work in the European Battery Research community to support the electrification of mobility and invite players from the mobility sectors to contribute to the ongoing processes to make sure that the research done on batteries fits the needs of the sector.
Other speakers in this session were Michele De Gennaro, Senior Scientist and Team Leader at the Austrian Institute of Technology, Andrea Gentili, Clean Planet Partnerships Manager at DG RTD of the European Commission, Stefan Wolf, Senior Innovation Consultant at VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik, Edel Sheridan, Senior Business Developer at SINTEF Energy Research, and Thilo Bein, Head of Knowledge Management at the Fraunhofer LBF.
The session was an enthralling discussion where ‘skills and education’ was the hot topic, as everyone was well aware of the huge challenge ahead of us all regarding the ‘batteries’ theme. Other interesting technical topics were discussed, such as electrification in aviation, battery management systems, data, the Battery Passport, recycling, second use of batteries and the need for standardisation.
ALBATTS participation in this event had the purpose to broaden and consolidate our network in the batteries sector and related training needs. Furthermore, we envisaged to strengthen the cooperation and collaboration with stakeholders beyond our project, and to share and coordinate training and education materials.