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EMIRI workshop at EU Industry Day 2018

Registration to EMIRI workshop during EU Industry Day is now open (till February 8th) at https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/eu-industry-day_en

Taking place on February 22nd from 16:30 to 18:00 and featuring speakers from the industry of advanced materials (Umicore, Solvay, Dow Chemical, AGC Glass Europe, Arcelor Mittal), the EMIRI workshop will focus on the strategic role that advanced materials play in accelerating innovation & restoring European competitiveness in clean energy & clean mobility.

We look forward to welcoming you at our event and count on your active participation to our discussions.

Download: EMIRI EU Industry Day.jpg

EMIRI position papers for FP9

In the light of discussions currently taking place in Brussels on EU Commission’s forthcoming framework programme (FP9, beyond 2020), EMIRI consolidated the views of members regarding their expectations for advanced materials R&I in FP9.

The result of this exchange of views is distilled into 2 position papers being “A call for action in FP9 on advanced materials for clean energy & clean mobility” available at http://bit.ly/2GcMDXE and “Europe needs a Mission aimed at accelerating innovation & restoring European competitiveness in clean energy & clean mobility technologies” available at http://bit.ly/2E6y5rG.

Do not hesitate to spread these position papers and reach out to fabrice.stassin@emiri.eu in case of questions & comments.

2017 ... A year of achievements for EMIRI !

Happy New Year ... May 2018 bring us as many challenges & achievements as 2017 to accelerate our transition to clean energy & clean mobility.

Download: 2017 achievements message linkedin.pdf

European Parliament dinner debate on “KETs (key enabling technologies) & Industry in the future Framework Programme (FP9)”

The European Parliament dinner debate on “KETs (key enabling technologies) & Industry in the future Framework Programme (FP9)” co-organized, in frame of European Innovation Summit, by EMIRI, SUSCHEM and SPIRE was a success.

The purpose of the event was to raise the awareness of EU policy makers as to the crucial role KETs play in maintaining & developing European industrial leadership to solve global challenges such as clean energy & mobility, circular economy, the move to a digital world.

50+ representatives from EU Commission, Europea Parliament, Member States’ delegations, industry and research organizations attended the event which is a strong indicator of the interest and support for key enabling technologies.

Our thanks go to our host MEP Christian Ehler, Mr  Robert Schröder from Cabinet Moedas, our moderator  Martin Porter, our speakers from Umicore (for EMIRI), Clariant (for SUSCHEM), LKAB (for SPIRE), and the co-organizing team at SUSCHEM & SPIRE.

We will now follow up and scrutinize the future actions by EU Commission and European Parliament to make sure the crucial role of KETs keeps being promoted and that support to KETs does not disappear in FP9.

Download: Umicore presentation at EIS event - v05 281117.pdf

EMIRI Tech Talk on PV & CSP 2017

The EMIRI Tech Talk on PV & CSP organized on October 24th 2017 in Brussels with the presence of 40+ organizations active in the field was a success. The presentations given during the EMIRI Tech Talk are available for download at http://bit.ly/2ltK254

Europe features a very active R&D Community on (advanced materials for) PV & CSP. Teaming up between different actors is the way to go to make sure PV & CSP stay on EU Commission map and European industrial position in the field is protected and developped.

EMIRI Brokerage & Ideation Event 2017

Attended by representatives of more than 40 organizations (industry, research and technology organizations, universities) active in the field of (advanced materials & nanotech for) clean energy & clean mobility technologies, the EMIRI Brokerage & Ideation Event 2017 was a success.

Presentations by EMIRI, EU Commission DG R&I (Horizon 2020), EIT KIC Raw Materials and KIC InnoEnergy are available at http://bit.ly/2hp9wzq

If your organization is not an EMIRI Member and you wish to keep being informed on EMIRI activities & developments in frame of forthcoming FP9, you are invited to join "free of charge" the EMIRI Community by clicking on http://bit.ly/2qOdGnd

Advanced Materials for clean energy – investing in Europe’s success

Advanced Materials for clean energy – investing in Europe’s success

Find here a document version of the interview of Dr Fabrice Stassin (Managing Director of EMIRI) given to the “EURONANOFORUM 2017 Conference” supported by EU Commission in frame of Maltese Presidency of EU).

Download: EMIRI - Interview for EURONANOFORUM 2017 (supported by EU Commission in frame of Maltese Presidency of EU) - June 2017.pdf

EMIRI Survey on Advanced Materials for Batteries (for stationary energy storage and electromobility)

Initiated during the EMIRI Tech Talk & European Workshop, the Survey on Advanced Materials for Batteries in Europe is conducted with the aim of providing European Commission and Member States with industrial (innovation) insights for policy-making in the field.

We invite all interested parties to provide us in a structured way with their individual answers to our 8 Questions.

After completing the Survey, please return to fabrice.stassin@emiri.eu

Individual answers will not be shared between individual respondents and with European Commission or Member States.

Only a consolidated & anonymized version will be disseminated with European Commission and Member States.

We thank you for your insights and valuable input.

EMIRI Team

 

Download: EMIRI - Survey on Advanced Materials for Batteries (for stationary energy storage and electromobility).xlsx

EMIRI Tech Talk on Batteries for Energy Storage - Access to presentations

The 1st ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ on Advanced Materials for Batteries for stationary energy storage & clean mobility was a success !

Open to EMIRI Members, EU Commission and other invitees, the Tech Talk attracted 75 attendees from 40 organizations (incl. 16 companies) exposed to talks by EMIRI, EU Commission DG R&I, Joint Research Centre, SUSTESCO, EASE, EGVIA and Umicore.

EMIRI Tech Talks offer EMIRI Members an updated overview of insights on Technology, Players, Markets & EU Policies from the perspective of Advanced Materials and covering technologies covered in the EMERIT roadmap of EMIRI.

Presentations are available at the following SlideShare links:

https://lnkd.in/g2JJf47

https://lnkd.in/g3CTHHy

https://lnkd.in/gNKKmFZ

https://lnkd.in/gbhwQ2Z

https://lnkd.in/gYHdpet

https://lnkd.in/gCVRpdx

https://lnkd.in/gXYe7tg

https://lnkd.in/g_cUyWU

EMIRI presentation at "Global Energy 2025", the opening session of TMS 2017 in San Diego USA

It was an honour for EMIRI to open on February 26th the plenary session of TMS 2017 Annual Meeting.

The plenary session “Global Energy 2025” was organized by US-based TMS, the Chinese Society for Metals and the Federation of European Materials Societies.

My presentation “Establishing the Industrial Leadership of Europe in Advanced Materials for the Energy Union - Towards a European Industrial Strategy powered by Innovation” is available at the link below.

 

Download: EMIRI - TMS 2017 - Plenary talk at Global Energy 2025 - February 26th 2017.pdf

Increasing the energy performance of buildings – The enabling role of Research & Innovation in Advanced Materials

EMIRI’s latest contribution to “European Energy Innovation” Magazine Winter 2016 Edition is now available at http://www.europeanenergyinnovation.eu/Portals/0/publications/EuropeanEnergyInnovation-Winter2016.pdf (page 24).

Over 2015, EMIRI worked in close collaboration with EU Commission Directorate General Research & Innovation to create the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative (EMERIT stands for “Energy Materials for Europe – Research & Industry innovating Together”).

Among the 10 actions listed in the Integrated SET Plan of EU Commission, Action 5 “Develop new materials and technologies for energy efficiency solutions for buildings” is well covered in EMERIT by clearly focusing on Advanced Materials used over 5 technologies.

  • Transparent conductive coatings
  • Smart windows and switchable glazing
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics
  • Electrochemical (batteries) and thermal energy storage
  • Energy efficient highly glazed high rise facade systems


Learn more on EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative at http://emiri.eu/uploads/content_files/25/value__file/EMERIT%20Industry-Driven%20Initiative%202016.pdf

EMIRI launches the ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ series starting with Batteries for Energy Storage (stationary & e-mobility)

The 1st ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ is open to EMIRI members, EU Commission officials as well as other selected stakeholders (upon their request).

The objective of the EMIRI Tech Talks is to offer EMIRI members an updated overview of insights on Technology, Key Players, Markets & EU Policies from the perspective of Advanced Materials and covering the range of technologies identified as key in the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative.

So please save the date  of February 23rd 2017 from 10:00 to 13:00 (incl. networking lunch) at Umicore Headquarters, Rue du Marais 31, 1000 Brussels.

Participants to the ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ are also invited to attend the ‘European Workshop on Nanotechnologies & Advanced Materials for Batteries’ (follows the ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ on February 23rd & 24th at Umicore HQ).

The Workshop is organized by three EU projects (MAT4BAT, ALION, BASMATI) with support of CEA, EMIRI and EU Commission DG R&I. It will include presentations of FP7 & Horizon 2020 projects by their project coordinator and will give participants an overview of EU projects (current status and R&I needs).

During workshop, input will also be gathered to provide recommendations to EU Commission on how to tackle the Energy Storage challenge from the perspective of Advanced Materials.

Download: EMIRI Tech Talk on Batteries for Energy Storage - Draft Agenda.pdf

EMIRI at SET Plan Conference 2016 of Bratislava

During the SET (Strategic Energy Technologies) Plan Conference organized by EU Commission and Slovakia in Bratislava, EMIRI contributed with a poster on “Re-industrialization of EU & the Energy Union - The Contribution of Advanced Materials for Low Carbon Energy Technologies”.

The poster gives a quick overview on global trends in low carbon energy and their impact on EU-based Industry of Advanced Materials. The 3 strategic recommendations of EMIRI for further manufacturing of Advanced Materials in EU are also outlined and the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative is highlighted.

The poster is available here.

Download: EMIRI Poster at SET Plan Conference 2016.pdf

Re-Industrialization of EU - The Contribution of Advanced Materials for Low Carbon Energy Technologies

Global industry is changing faster than ever before. These changes are triggered by accelerating fusion of physical, digital and biological systems. We are already witnessing profound shifts across all industries in other world regions, marked by the emergence of new business models, the disruption of incumbents and the reshaping of production, consumption, transportation and delivery systems.

EU is at a crossroads - It will either catch up with other regions and embrace these changes, or spiral down, losing its industrial competitiveness, losing “earning power” to safeguard living standards, accumulating job losses and experiencing social instability.

Low carbon energy (LCE) technologies (energy performance in buildings, energy capture & storage, decarbonization) are developing fast and represent an important opportunity for EU-based industry of Advanced Materials. EMIRI (the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) estimates this EU-based industry today at 30 billion euro yearly revenues, over 500.000 direct & indirect jobs (close to 50% of total EU-based jobs in renewable energy) and close to 3 billion euro of yearly investment in R&D and capital expenditures.

Global trends are however impacting our industry of Advanced Materials for LCE technologies:

  • Developing countries invest more than developed countries in the deployment of LCE technologies and appear as the key markets (China is global leader investing 2.5 times more than Europe in renewable energy with an installed capacity at 26% of world total)
  • Manufacturing of devices and components used in LCE technologies is moving to growing markets leading to new industrial champions and European dependency on imported technologies (1st wind turbine & photovoltaic cell suppliers are Chinese)
  • Europe is losing leadership in R&D investment and innovation eco-systems develop outside Europe (China and Europe spend each $2.8 billion but spending in Europe fell 8% compared to 2014 (government spending down 18%) while it rose 4% in China)

 

These trends strongly impact job creation in EU in LCE technologies. Losing ground, EU becomes a LCE technology importer, and represents less than 15% of jobs in the sector (1.17 million jobs in EU according to International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA)) while China accounts for 44% of total.

Based on historical strengths, our industry is strongly anchored in EU and serving global markets but to maintain leadership, develop manufacturing presence and innovation power in EU, we recommend that EU and Member States:

  • Stimulate, in frame of Energy Union, a stronger growth of European market for LCE technologies … Otherwise the EU-based sector of Advanced Materials will not develop local manufacturing presence if growing markets are outside Europe
  • Focus innovation support on fewer priorities in line with business realities so that industry can develop competitive innovation-driven products … Otherwise manufacturing could still happen in EU but based on innovation from elsewhere
  • Create a business-friendly environment so that manufacturing in EU comes at a benefit … Otherwise the European markets could become steadily served from outside

 

If EU implements policies driving innovation, manufacturing and market development of LCE technologies, the EU-based industry of Advanced Materials can develop strong business positions. European society will benefit from presence of a competitive industry safeguarding investments, generating growth and employment, and creating strong innovation ecosystems. By 2025, annual revenues of the sector could reach past 40 billion euro, generating an additional 300.000 jobs (65.000 direct jobs including 3.000 in R&D) and leading to an additional cumulated investment of 15 billion euro.

Find out more in the presentation given at the “RE in EU” Conference of Bratislava organized in October 2016 by EU Commission and Slovakia in frame of Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.

This presentation was also shared with the high-level guests of the IUMRS Global Leadership & Service Award Ceremony held at the European Parliament in November 2016.

Download: EMIRI on Re-industrialization of EU - The case for Advanced Materials for LCE technologies.pdf

Discover EMERIT - The Industry-Driven Initiative on Innovation in Advanced Materials for Low Carbon Energy Technologies

The industry of Advanced Materials for LCE (low carbon energy) technologies is strongly anchored in Europe and serving global markets. EMIRI (the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) conservatively estimates our Europe-based industry today at 30 billion euro yearly revenues, over 500.000 direct & indirect jobs (more jobs than any renewable energy value chain in EU and close to 50% of total EU-based jobs in renewable energy) and close to 3 billion euro of yearly investment in R&D and capital expenditures.

Global trends are however affecting the EU-based Industry of Advanced Materials for LCE and EU policies need to consider these. Maintaining leadership, developing manufacturing presence and innovation power in Europe requires among others to focus innovation support on fewer priorities in line with business realities so that industry can develop competitive innovation-driven products.

EMIRI calls for an Innovation Pillar based on collaboration between public and private, aligned with 10 actions of Integrated SET (Strategic Energy Technologies) Plan and industry orientations. Covering Advanced Materials for energy performance in buildings, for competitive renewable energy, for energy system integration and for decarbonization, the Innovation Pillar will bridge the gap between laboratory and market, reduce innovation risks and accelerate innovation to reach better and faster the market for LCE technologies.

Over 2015, EMIRI worked in close collaboration with European Commission Directorate General Research & Innovation to create the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative (EMERIT stands for “Energy Materials for Europe – Research & Industry innovating Together”) which lays the foundations & priorities of the Innovation Pillar. EMERIT rests upon 4 Key Components featuring max 20 Innovation Topics covering priorities supported by Industry & Research in field of LCE technologies.

For any further question, comment, do not hesitate to reach out to EMIRI and we will be happy to help you out.

Download: EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative 2016.pdf

EMIRI - New Presentation - December 2015

Euronanoforum 2015 - Session 1 - Materials for Energy - Slides of Fabrice STASSIN

During EURONANOFORUM 2015, EMIRI had the pleasure this year to co-chair with Nanofutures the session on Advanced Materials and nano for low carbon energy. Dr Fabrice Stassin (Managing Director EMIRI) gave a talk on the latest at EU level on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy. Other talks given by EMIRI members during that conference session will soon be available for download.

Download: ENF 2015 - Session 1 - Materials for Energy - Slides of Fabrice STASSIN talk v01 090615.pdf

EMIRI - The case for a EU Innovation Pillar

EMIRI calls for the creation in Europe of an Innovation Pillar on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy. Based on a strong public private partnership and the engagement of Industry & Research, the Innovation Pillar will bridge the gap from lab to market, reduce innovation risks and accelerate innovation to ensure Industrial Leadership of EU.

Download: EMIRI - The case for a EU Innovation Pillar.pdf

EU Commission SETIS Magazine - February 2015 - Materials for ENERGY

SETIS Magazine is out with the editorial written by EMIRI and strong reference throughout the magazine to the need to reinforce public private interactions for innovation on Advanced Materials for Energy in Europe. See attached document or at following link  https://setis.ec.europa.eu/setis-magazine/materials-energy

Download: EU Commission SETIS Magazine - February 2015 - Materials for ENERGY.pdf

Latest presentation of EMIRI

The latest presentation of EMIRI is available here, feel free to reach us for questions and if your organization wants to become member of the EMIRI Initiative.

Download: EMIRI IN A NUTSHELL - NARRATIVE - NOVEMBER 2014.pdf

Documents

EMIRI workshop at EU Industry Day 2018

Registration to EMIRI workshop during EU Industry Day is now open (till February 8th) at https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/eu-industry-day_en

Taking place on February 22nd from 16:30 to 18:00 and featuring speakers from the industry of advanced materials (Umicore, Solvay, Dow Chemical, AGC Glass Europe, Arcelor Mittal), the EMIRI workshop will focus on the strategic role that advanced materials play in accelerating innovation & restoring European competitiveness in clean energy & clean mobility.

We look forward to welcoming you at our event and count on your active participation to our discussions.

Download: EMIRI EU Industry Day.jpg

EMIRI position papers on FP9

In the light of discussions currently taking place in Brussels on EU Commission’s forthcoming framework programme (FP9, beyond 2020), EMIRI consolidated the views of members regarding their expectations for advanced materials R&I in FP9.

The result of this exchange of views is distilled into 2 position papers being “A call for action in FP9 on advanced materials for clean energy & clean mobility” available at http://bit.ly/2GcMDXE and “Europe needs a Mission aimed at accelerating innovation & restoring European competitiveness in clean energy & clean mobility technologies” available at http://bit.ly/2E6y5rG.

Do not hesitate to spread these position papers and reach out to fabrice.stassin@emiri.eu in case of questions & comments.

2017 ... A year of achievements for EMIRI !

Happy New Year ... May 2018 bring us as many challenges & achievements as 2017 to accelerate our transition to clean energy & clean mobility.

Download: 2017 achievements message linkedin.pdf

EMIRI-promoted Mission for FP9

Europe needs a Mission aimed at “Accelerating innovation & restoring EU competitiveness in clean energy & clean mobility technologies”, enabled by Advanced Materials and other Key Enabling Technologies.

In attachment, our draft synthetic note communicated to key stakeholders and policy-makers.

We welcome your comments and questions at fabrice.stassin@emiri.eu

Download: EMIRI-promoted Mission for FP9 231117 v01.pdf

EMIRI Tech Talk on PV & CSP 2017

The EMIRI Tech Talk on PV & CSP organized on October 24th 2017 in Brussels with the presence of 40+ organizations active in the field was a success. The presentations given during the EMIRI Tech Talk are available for download at http://bit.ly/2ltK254

Europe features a very active R&D Community on (advanced materials for) PV & CSP. Teaming up between different actors is the way to go to make sure PV & CSP stay on EU Commission map and European industrial position in the field is protected and developped.

EMIRI Brokerage & Ideation Event 2017

Attended by representatives of more than 40 organizations (industry, research and technology organizations, universities) active in the field of (advanced materials & nanotech for) clean energy & clean mobility technologies, the EMIRI Brokerage & Ideation Event 2017 was a success. 

Presentations by EMIRI, EU Commission DG R&I (Horizon 2020), EIT KIC Raw Materials and KIC InnoEnergy are available at http://bit.ly/2hp9wzq 

If your organization is not an EMIRI Member and you wish to keep being informed on EMIRI activities & developments in frame of forthcoming FP9, you are invited to join "free of charge" the EMIRI Community by clicking on http://bit.ly/2qOdGnd

Advanced Materials for clean energy – investing in Europe’s success

Advanced Materials for clean energy – investing in Europe’s success

Find here a document version of the interview of Dr Fabrice Stassin (Managing Director of EMIRI) given to the “EURONANOFORUM 2017 Conference” supported by EU Commission in frame of Maltese Presidency of EU).

Download: EMIRI - Interview for EURONANOFORUM 2017 (supported by EU Commission in frame of Maltese Presidency of EU) - June 2017.pdf

EMIRI Survey on Advanced Materials for Batteries (for stationary energy storage and electromobility)

Initiated during the EMIRI Tech Talk & European Workshop, the Survey on Advanced Materials for Batteries in Europe is conducted with the aim of providing European Commission and Member States with industrial (innovation) insights for policy-making in the field.

We invite all interested parties to provide us in a structured way with their individual answers to our 8 Questions.

After completing the Survey, please return to fabrice.stassin@emiri.eu

Individual answers will not be shared between individual respondents and with European Commission or Member States.

Only a consolidated & anonymized version will be disseminated with European Commission and Member States.

We thank you for your insights and valuable input.

EMIRI Team

Download: EMIRI - Survey on Advanced Materials for Batteries (for stationary energy storage and electromobility).xlsx

EMIRI Tech Talk on Batteries for Energy Storage - Access to presentations

The 1st ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ on Advanced Materials for Batteries for stationary energy storage & clean mobility was a success !

Open to EMIRI Members, EU Commission and other invitees, the Tech Talk attracted 75 attendees from 40 organizations (incl. 16 companies) exposed to talks by EMIRI, EU Commission DG R&I, Joint Research Centre, SUSTESCO, EASE, EGVIA and Umicore.

EMIRI Tech Talks offer EMIRI Members an updated overview of insights on Technology, Players, Markets & EU Policies from the perspective of Advanced Materials and covering technologies covered in the EMERIT roadmap of EMIRI.

Presentations are available at the following SlideShare links:

https://lnkd.in/g2JJf47

https://lnkd.in/g3CTHHy

https://lnkd.in/gNKKmFZ

https://lnkd.in/gbhwQ2Z

https://lnkd.in/gYHdpet

https://lnkd.in/gCVRpdx

https://lnkd.in/gXYe7tg

https://lnkd.in/g_cUyWU

EMIRI presentation at "Global Energy 2025", the opening session of TMS 2017 in San Diego USA

It was an honour for EMIRI to open on February 26th the plenary session of TMS 2017 Annual Meeting.

The plenary session “Global Energy 2025” was organized by US-based TMS, the Chinese Society for Metals and the Federation of European Materials Societies.

My presentation “Establishing the Industrial Leadership of Europe in Advanced Materials for the Energy Union - Towards a European Industrial Strategy powered by Innovation” is available at the link below.

Download: EMIRI - TMS 2017 - Plenary talk at Global Energy 2025 - February 26th 2017.pdf

Increasing the energy performance of buildings – The enabling role of Research & Innovation in Advanced Materials

EMIRI’s latest contribution to “European Energy Innovation” Magazine Winter 2016 Edition is now available at http://www.europeanenergyinnovation.eu/Portals/0/publications/EuropeanEnergyInnovation-Winter2016.pdf (page 24).

Over 2015, EMIRI worked in close collaboration with EU Commission Directorate General Research & Innovation to create the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative (EMERIT stands for “Energy Materials for Europe – Research & Industry innovating Together”).

Among the 10 actions listed in the Integrated SET Plan of EU Commission, Action 5 “Develop new materials and technologies for energy efficiency solutions for buildings” is well covered in EMERIT by clearly focusing on Advanced Materials used over 5 technologies.

  • Transparent conductive coatings
  • Smart windows and switchable glazing
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics
  • Electrochemical (batteries) and thermal energy storage
  • Energy efficient highly glazed high rise facade systems


Learn more on EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative at http://emiri.eu/uploads/content_files/25/value__file/EMERIT%20Industry-Driven%20Initiative%202016.pdf

EMIRI launches the ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ series starting with Batteries for Energy Storage (stationary & e-mobility)

The 1st ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ is open to EMIRI members, EU Commission officials as well as other selected stakeholders (upon their request).

The objective of the EMIRI Tech Talks is to offer EMIRI members an updated overview of insights on Technology, Key Players, Markets & EU Policies from the perspective of Advanced Materials and covering the range of technologies identified as key in the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative.

So please save the date  of February 23rd 2017 from 10:00 to 13:00 (incl. networking lunch) at Umicore Headquarters, Rue du Marais 31, 1000 Brussels.

Participants to the ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ are also invited to attend the ‘European Workshop on Nanotechnologies & Advanced Materials for Batteries’ (follows the ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ on February 23rd & 24th at Umicore HQ).

The Workshop is organized by three EU projects (MAT4BAT, ALION, BASMATI) with support of CEA, EMIRI and EU Commission DG R&I. It will include presentations of FP7 & Horizon 2020 projects by their project coordinator and will give participants an overview of EU projects (current status and R&I needs).

During workshop, input will also be gathered to provide recommendations to EU Commission on how to tackle the Energy Storage challenge from the perspective of Advanced Materials.

Download: EMIRI Tech Talk on Batteries for Energy Storage - Draft Agenda.pdf

EMIRI at SET Plan Conference 2016 of Bratislava

During the SET (Strategic Energy Technologies) Plan Conference organized by EU Commission and Slovakia in Bratislava, EMIRI contributed with a poster on “Re-industrialization of EU & the Energy Union - The Contribution of Advanced Materials for Low Carbon Energy Technologies”.

The poster gives a quick overview on global trends in low carbon energy and their impact on EU-based Industry of Advanced Materials. The 3 strategic recommendations of EMIRI for further manufacturing of Advanced Materials in EU are also outlined and the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative is highlighted.

The poster is available here.

Download: EMIRI Poster at SET Plan Conference 2016.pdf

Re-Industrialization of EU - The Contribution of Advanced Materials for Low Carbon Energy Technologies

Global industry is changing faster than ever before. These changes are triggered by accelerating fusion of physical, digital and biological systems. We are already witnessing profound shifts across all industries in other world regions, marked by the emergence of new business models, the disruption of incumbents and the reshaping of production, consumption, transportation and delivery systems.

EU is at a crossroads - It will either catch up with other regions and embrace these changes, or spiral down, losing its industrial competitiveness, losing “earning power” to safeguard living standards, accumulating job losses and experiencing social instability.

Low carbon energy (LCE) technologies (energy performance in buildings, energy capture & storage, decarbonization) are developing fast and represent an important opportunity for EU-based industry of Advanced Materials. EMIRI (the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) estimates this EU-based industry today at 30 billion euro yearly revenues, over 500.000 direct & indirect jobs (close to 50% of total EU-based jobs in renewable energy) and close to 3 billion euro of yearly investment in R&D and capital expenditures.

Global trends are however impacting our industry of Advanced Materials for LCE technologies:

  • Developing countries invest more than developed countries in the deployment of LCE technologies and appear as the key markets (China is global leader investing 2.5 times more than Europe in renewable energy with an installed capacity at 26% of world total)
  • Manufacturing of devices and components used in LCE technologies is moving to growing markets leading to new industrial champions and European dependency on imported technologies (1st wind turbine & photovoltaic cell suppliers are Chinese)
  • Europe is losing leadership in R&D investment and innovation eco-systems develop outside Europe (China and Europe spend each $2.8 billion but spending in Europe fell 8% compared to 2014 (government spending down 18%) while it rose 4% in China)


These trends strongly impact job creation in EU in LCE technologies. Losing ground, EU becomes a LCE technology importer, and represents less than 15% of jobs in the sector (1.17 million jobs in EU according to International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA)) while China accounts for 44% of total.

Based on historical strengths, our industry is strongly anchored in EU and serving global markets but to maintain leadership, develop manufacturing presence and innovation power in EU, we recommend that EU and Member States:

  • Stimulate, in frame of Energy Union, a stronger growth of European market for LCE technologies … Otherwise the EU-based sector of Advanced Materials will not develop local manufacturing presence if growing markets are outside Europe
  • Focus innovation support on fewer priorities in line with business realities so that industry can develop competitive innovation-driven products … Otherwise manufacturing could still happen in EU but based on innovation from elsewhere
  • Create a business-friendly environment so that manufacturing in EU comes at a benefit … Otherwise the European markets could become steadily served from outside


If EU implements policies driving innovation, manufacturing and market development of LCE technologies, the EU-based industry of Advanced Materials can develop strong business positions. European society will benefit from presence of a competitive industry safeguarding investments, generating growth and employment, and creating strong innovation ecosystems. By 2025, annual revenues of the sector could reach past 40 billion euro, generating an additional 300.000 jobs (65.000 direct jobs including 3.000 in R&D) and leading to an additional cumulated investment of 15 billion euro.

Find out more in the presentation given at the “RE in EU” Conference of Bratislava organized in October 2016 by EU Commission and Slovakia in frame of Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.

This presentation was also shared with the high-level guests of the IUMRS Global Leadership & Service Award Ceremony held at the European Parliament in November 2016.

Download: EMIRI on Re-industrialization of EU - The case for Advanced Materials for LCE technologies.pdf

Discover EMERIT - The Industry-Driven Initiative on Innovation in Advanced Materials for Low Carbon Energy Technologies

The industry of Advanced Materials for LCE (low carbon energy) technologies is strongly anchored in Europe and serving global markets. EMIRI (the Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) conservatively estimates our Europe-based industry today at 30 billion euro yearly revenues, over 500.000 direct & indirect jobs (more jobs than any renewable energy value chain in EU and close to 50% of total EU-based jobs in renewable energy) and close to 3 billion euro of yearly investment in R&D and capital expenditures.

Global trends are however affecting the EU-based Industry of Advanced Materials for LCE and EU policies need to consider these. Maintaining leadership, developing manufacturing presence and innovation power in Europe requires among others to focus innovation support on fewer priorities in line with business realities so that industry can develop competitive innovation-driven products.

EMIRI calls for an Innovation Pillar based on collaboration between public and private, aligned with 10 actions of Integrated SET (Strategic Energy Technologies) Plan and industry orientations. Covering Advanced Materials for energy performance in buildings, for competitive renewable energy, for energy system integration and for decarbonization, the Innovation Pillar will bridge the gap between laboratory and market, reduce innovation risks and accelerate innovation to reach better and faster the market for LCE technologies.

Over 2015, EMIRI worked in close collaboration with European Commission Directorate General Research & Innovation to create the EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative (EMERIT stands for “Energy Materials for Europe – Research & Industry innovating Together”) which lays the foundations & priorities of the Innovation Pillar. EMERIT rests upon 4 Key Components featuring max 20 Innovation Topics covering priorities supported by Industry & Research in field of LCE technologies.

For any further question, comment, do not hesitate to reach out to EMIRI and we will be happy to help you out.

Download: EMERIT Industry-Driven Initiative 2016.pdf

SET Plan 2014 - Presentation 06 - EMIRI Side Event - Aymeric BRUNOT

SET Plan Conference - Side Event on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy

Download: Presentation 06 - EMIRI Side Event - Aymeric BRUNOT.pdf

SET Plan 2014 - Presentation 05 - EMIRI Side Event - Frederic CHANDEZON

SET Plan Conference - Side Event on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy

Download: Presentation 05 - EMIRI Side Event - Frederic CHANDEZON.pdf

SET Plan 2014 - Presentation 04 - EMIRI Side Event - Luigi AMBROSIO

SET Plan Conference - Side Event on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy

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SET Plan 2014 - Presentation 03 - EMIRI Side Event - Harald BOLT

SET Plan Conference - Side Event on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy

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SET Plan 2014 - Presentation 02 - EMIRI Side Event - Egbert LOX

SET Plan Conference - Side Event on Advanced Materials for low carbon energy

Download: Presentation 02 - EMIRI Side Event - Egbert LOX.pdf