Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Europe and Wallonia are determined to achieve a climate neutral society by 2050, in particular by supporting the energy transition through three priority axes, which are clean energies and even better renewable energies, energy efficiency and eco-innovation. Energy storage using batteries and supercapacitors is one of the technologies capable of overcoming the intermittence of photovoltaics and wind power, combined with zero-emission mobility and decentralized energy production – heating, ventilation, air conditioning.
This energy strategy is integrated into the profitability of companies via collective self-consumption and at the level of residential districts via renewable energy communities and high collective self-consumption, based on the management of renewable energies and sustainable water resources.
Create a dynamic ecosystem in circular economy including long-term innovative research to foster integration in all types of communities.
The European position
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology and industry should be located in Europe given the growth prospects of the market.
The Belgium and Wallonia position
Wallonia has the necessary potential to take the initiative thanks to research and innovation communities covering all the disciplines concerned and operators in close connection with industry.
The scarcity of resources and our dependence on imported raw materials urgently require a shift towards a circular economy, aimed at maintaining the value of products, materials and resources, while minimizing the production of waste. The mission is to transform the economy of the EU and Wallonia for a sustainable and social future.
Research and innovation efforts must focus on the technologies most likely to contribute significantly to the total reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050. Energy storage, whether by electrochemical (batteries) or electrostatic process (supercapacitors) is a key technology to fight against carbon dioxide emissions from the transport, energy and industry sectors. This technology can accelerate the shift to sustainable and smart mobility, provide clean, affordable and secure energy, and mobilize industry for a sustainable and social economy that responds to citizens’ concerns.
However, to achieve our sustainability goals, batteries and supercapacitors need to perform well beyond their current capabilities. Future performance of these devices should include energy performance close to theoretical limits, exceptional service life and reliability, as well as improved safety and environmental sustainability. Therefore, it is essential, even urgent, to create a dynamic ecosystem that dares to include long-term innovative research from the fundamental technological readiness levels (TRLs) that can quickly fuel new knowledge and foster technological and non-technological integration throughout the value chain of renewable energy development and energy storage aimed at collective self-consumption and renewable energy communities.