Upcell battery alliance grows to 75 members
Founded last autumn, the ‘Upcell – European Battery Manufacturing Alliance’ has gained 37 new members from research, science and industry within six months.
The goal of the non-profit organisation with its now 75 members is to strengthen cooperation and innovation in the European battery value chain to ensure Europe’s economic autonomy. By the end of 2023, the number of members is expected to reach around 180.
As reported in autumn, the founding members include ACC, BasqueVolt, Bühler, Comau, Freyr, InoBat, Schneider Electric, Verkor, as well as a total of seven colleges and universities and the research initiative Battech. From Germany, for example, the University of Oldenburg was represented from the beginning. In the meantime, Saueressig Engineering, a manufacturer of special equipment for electrode production, is also listed among the members.
Since its foundation, the association has, according to its own information, already been able to successfully launch two European projects and establish new partnerships – for example in France and Spain. In April, the Upcell Alliance held an event in Copenhagen, where a number of innovation projects were presented and future goals of the organisation were discussed. More than 130 participants attended, including representatives from machine builders, battery manufacturers and various governments and universities. Another event is planned for September in Spain.
“We are delighted with the success of the Upcell Alliance and expect it to continue to grow strongly and have a positive impact on battery production in Europe,” says Claude Laperiere, President of the Upcell Alliance and European Battery Director – OEM Supply Chain at Schneider Electric. “Schneider Electric is fully committed to being part of this movement and will do its utmost to support it.”