We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Slovak-Finnish Battery R&D Workshop – virtual meeting focused on knowledge and experience sharing in the field of sustainable battery production and related research run by Slovak and Finnish academia and R&D organizations.
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.
Finland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals – BATCircle – is running an extensive research with a focus on mitigating the effects of climate change, developing materials recycling, and contributing to sustainability in all steps of the battery metals and materials value chain. Led by Aalto University, the BATCircle consortium consists of six research organizations and 15 companies. Research partners are: University of Eastern Finland, LUT University, University of Oulu, Geological Survey of Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
Slovakia is following the trend by making progress in development and production of electric car batteries. After launching of a new smart battery for electric cars by InoBat Auto, the National Battery Centre was established by the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Technical University Košice, University of Pavel Jozef Šafárik in Košice, Žilina University, Automotive Industry Association and Slovak Electric Vehicle Association. Focus research areas include new materials, management of battery systems, battery recycling and reuse.
Join the meeting to learn about battery R&D cooperation possibilities between both countries. Meeting is targeted towards representatives of R&D and academia, as well as representatives of companies involved in battery research.
09:00 Welcome and introductions
09:10 Introduction to Finnish battery industry – Mr. Ilkka Homanen, Head of Smart Mobility and Batteries from Finland, Business Finland
09:20 Finland leading the battery metals and recycling research: BATCircle 2.0 project – Ms. Sonja Nurmi, Coordinator at BATCircle 2.0, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Aalto University
09:50 Presentations of Finnish universities active in battery R&D activities
10:20 Introduction to Slovak battery industry – Mr. Marián Smik, Slovak Battery Alliance
10:30 Presentations of Slovak universities active in battery R&D activities
10:45 Slovak R&D agenda in the battery field – Mr. Maroš Halama, PhD., Vice-Dean for Science, Innovation and International Relations, Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling
11:30 Closing of the meeting
The meeting will be held in English through MS Teams.