Embassy of Finland in Budapest, Business Finland and Embassy of Hungary in Helsinki are pleased to invite you to participate in the Hungarian-Finnish Battery Day – webinar focused on knowledge and experience sharing in the field of sustainable battery production.
Climate change has created huge global demand for battery technologies and services as countries set targets for reducing their CO2 emissions. The role of batteries has become inevitably important in the increasingly electrifying world. This has resulted in the emergence of battery ecosystems and value chains, such as the European one, aiming to respond to the constantly growing demand.
Finland is the only country in the world that can manage the whole battery value chain from minerals to recycling and thus plays an important role in the global shift towards electrification. Finland has expertise from the mining industry and processing of raw materials to technologies related to the manufacture and use of batteries, as well as charging technologies and recycling. Finland has been chosen to coordinate the European battery industry's recycling research.
Hungary leads CEE in joining the European battery industry’s goals. The Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology in cooperation with EIT InnoEnergy is developing a national strategy for the Hungarian battery industry, being the first battery strategy in CEE. The strategy will enable Hungary, together with local and international industry partners, authorities, the academic and financial sectors to become an integral part of the European supply chain and the European Battery Alliance.
Hungary has become the key EU’s battery supplier thanks to the hefty presence of large companies from the battery manufacturing value chain such as SK Innovation, Samsung SDI, GS Yuasa and many more. Local Hungarian actors, including leading energy companies are also entering the battery-related business. Battery and e-mobility developments have a strategic importance to the Hungarian economy.
Both countries share similar view on the importance of sustainable battery industry development in tackling today’s climate challenges. There is large potential for mutually beneficial experience and know-how exchange at strategy, research and industry level. The purpose of the Hungarian-Finnish Battery Day is to create a knowledge-sharing and networking platform connecting Finnish and Hungarian stakeholders active in the battery and electrification field, as well as boost bilateral collaboration and business opportunities between both countries.
(Finnish time indicated below. Please note that the event begins at 9:00 Hungarian time)
10:00 Welcome and introductions – H.E. Markku Virri, Ambassador of Finland to Hungary; H.E. György Urkuti, Ambassador of Hungary to Finland
Hungary and the battery industry
10:10 Hungary leading the Central European battery industry. Hungarian Battery Strategy – Mr. Péter Kaderják, Head of Zero Carbon Hub, Hungary
10:20 Hungarian battery and e-mobility landscape – Mr. Zoltán Vígh, Executive Director, E-Mobility Cluster Ányos Jedlik
10:30 Battery research in Hungary – Mr. Robert Kun, Solid State Energy Storage Research Group, Research Centre for Natural Sciences
Finland and the battery industry
10:50 Finnish Battery Strategy – Mr. Jyrki Alkio, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
11:00 Finnish competences across the battery value chain – Mr. Ilkka Homanen, Head of Smart Mobility and Batteries, Business Finland
11:10 Finland leading the EU battery recycling research – Ms. Mari Lundström, Assistant Professor, Aalto University
Industry best practices and agenda: opportunities for collaboration
11:25 Showcases of Hungarian and Finnish companies in the battery business
Terrafame, Metso Outotec, Fortum Waste Solutions (Finland)
SK Battery Hungary (tbc), MOL Group, MVM (Hungary)
12:45 Summary and closing of the event
The webinar will be held in English. Participation in the event requires the registration – please register until 16/06.