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NCPOWER, New Member of BEPA, the European Battery Association

12 February 2024

NCPOWERa leading manufacturer of lithium batteries for electromobility and energy storage based in Murcia, Spain, is pleased to announce its recent accession to the European Battery Association (BEPA), an initiative under the programme Horizon Europe of the European Union.

NCPOWER has officially joined BEPA, the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA), confirming its commitment to improving the competitiveness of the European battery industry. 

 With over 200 members, BEPA is a leading association dedicated to creating a competitive, sustainable and circular European industrial battery value chain for stationary and e-mobility applications. 

BEPA members will work together to prepare Europe to manufacture and commercialise by 2030 the next generation battery technologies that will enable the deployment of zero-emission mobility and renewable energy storage.

BEPA represents the private sector partnership of BATT4EU Partnerships, the co-programmed battery partnership launched by the European Commission under Horizon Europe. The partnership will mobilise more than €925 million to boost European research and innovation in the battery sector.

About BEPA

BEPA is a partnership born out of collaboration between the European Commission and battery R&D stakeholders. Its goal is to establish a world-leading innovation ecosystem by 2030. With more than 200 members in 23 countries, the association's main objective is to foster a competitive, sustainable and circular European battery value chain.

THE THREE MACRO OBJECTIVES OF THE BEPA

  • Objective 1: Create the world's number one innovation ecosystem in the battery sector.
  • Objective 2: Creating a competitive and sustainable European circular battery value chain
  • Objective 3: Driving the transformation to a carbon neutral Europe

About NCPOWER

NCPOWER is a leading manufacturer of lithium batteries for a variety of applications, from electric mobility to energy storage. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, NCPOWER is committed to providing safe and efficient solutions that drive the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future.

The benefits of NCPOWER's BEPA membership

Being part of the association brings us a number of exclusive benefits:

  • Exclusive access to industrial research and development strategies.
  • Direct view of impressive European research results.
  • Significant contribution to the direction of battery research.
  • Integration into a strong, innovation-focused industrial network.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the value chain and its impacts.
  • In-depth knowledge of the impact of cross-cutting innovations.
  • Awareness of technological readiness.
  • Close connections with other relevant European associations.
  • Awareness of European regulatory requirements and conditions.

By joining BEPA, NCPOWER will actively contribute to achieving ambitious goals, including the drive towards climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. The partnership is focused on leading the battery industry across the entire value chain, from the development of differentiating battery materials technologies to manufacturing and cell design.

BEPA membership will allow us to collaborate with large companies such as Basquevolt, Volvo, Renault, Manz o Scaniaas well as energy giants such as Enel X y Fortumamong many research and engineering institutes, such as CICenergigune, Cidetecas well as others. With a total investment of 925 million euros in battery R&D, the sum of all these forces will be key to the future.

"Joining BEPA reflects our continued commitment to innovation and sustainability in battery development. We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders and contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly future. Mario Nicolás Carcelén, CEO of NCPOWER

As part of this alliance, NCPOWER will work on developing technologies that improve the performance of batteries for electromobility and energy storage. Our experience in the energy sector and NCPOWER's innovative technology will allow us to continue to produce sustainable batteries with longer lifetimes.

This new milestone positions us at the centre of battery research and development in Europe, enabling the sharing of knowledge and resources crucial to address current and future energy and environmental challenges.

What will NCPOWER's role be in the BEPA?

The European Battery Association (BEPA) is organised in 5 working groups, each focusing on specific areas related to this key technology for the European economy. These groups were established with the purpose of identifying research and innovation (R&I) investment priorities and ensuring uniform progress in all areas.

  1. Raw materials and recycling
  2. Advanced materials and manufacturing
  3. End use and applications
  4. Security and Reliability
  5. Sustainability

NCPOWER is part of Working Group 3: End-use and applications of batteries. This team focuses on R&I in battery systems for transport and mobile applications, such as road, air, rail and water transport. It also addresses energy storage, including the second life of batteries, developing new technologies at the battery system level and taking into account mechanical, electrical, hardware and software management aspects.

The objectives of the Task Force for 2030 are:

  • Facilitate cost-effective electrification of various transport and mobile applications.
  • To boost the competitiveness of the European battery industry in the transport market.
  • Improve battery performance, life and reliability.
  • Reduce the costs associated with the design, manufacture and testing of Battery Management Systems (BMS).
  • Decrease management costs at the end of battery life.
  • Ensuring the safety and technical reliability of battery applications in different modes of mobility.

Through these collaborative efforts, we seek to develop affordable and sustainable battery solutions to promote green mobility in Europe.

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