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Volkswagen, Northvolt form European Battery Union

The EBU consortium will aim to gain new knowledge on battery cell production

The Volkswagen Group and other European partners have agreed to form the European Battery Union (EBU) with the prime objective to progress battery research throughout Europe. The new consortium is to be led by Volkswagen and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt.

The joint research activities of the European Battery Union will cover the entire battery value stream.

Partners from research and industry in seven EU member states are joining forces in the European Battery Union consortium. The comprehensive research collaboration will range from raw material production, to cell technology and cell production processes and through to recycling. The research activities will also focus on the development and engineering of plant technologies allowing sustainable, climate friendly and competitive battery cell production in the European Union.

All the partners are expected to step up their investments as a result of the planned additional research activities. These investments could receive financial support from funding announced by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

All the results of research work carried out by the European Battery Union will be shared between all the partners across national borders. The joint research activities are set to start at the beginning of 2020.

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