The Battery Pass research and development project aims to put in place the foundations for an interoperable, open standard, scalable data platform in Europe and support an EU battery passport.
A consortium of German organisations from industry and science is launching the Battery Pass research and development project to put in place foundations for an interoperable, open standard, scalable data platform in Europe.
The project is designed to develop core data specifications, technical standards and dissemination for the fulfillment of an EU battery passport and drive circular lifecycle management of traction batteries.
The Battery Pass seeks to empower Europe to become a leader in the digitalisation of the battery supply chain and electromobility and significantly transform the energy sector and increase its resource independence and competitiveness.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and will provide a comprehensive solution for securely sharing information and data across different organisations and value-chain participants in the field of traction batteries, based on mandatory standard datasets and an interoperable technical implementation approach.
“Recent evolutions in the energy market have painfully demonstrated how crucial it is to avoid a ‘flexibility gap’ when it comes to matching variable demand with increasingly variable supply”
The Battery Pass project is led by system change company Systemiq and comprises 11 consortium partners. The line-up of global organisations from industry, research institutions and academies as well as providers of digital services in open standards, battery analysis and tracking, are: Acatech; the German Academy of Science and Engineering; Audi; BASF; BMW; Circulor; Fiware Foundation; Fraunhofer IPK; Twaice Technologies; Umicore; and VDE Renewables (through subcontracting). Associated partners include the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), GS1 Germany and RWE Generation.
The new system is set to be used in the automotive industry and to introduce an integrated standard for secure and agile data management. Over the next three years, the consortium plans to:
- develop proposals for detailed content and technical approaches for the EU battery passport
- analyse their feasibility in software and physical demonstrators
- demonstrate the concept’s business and public value.
Ulrich Ahle, CEO of consortium member and open standards non-profit, Fiware, added: “Recent evolutions in the energy market have painfully demonstrated how crucial it is to avoid a ‘flexibility gap’ when it comes to matching variable demand with increasingly variable supply.
“Important data, such as the climate footprint or information on the conditions of raw material extraction, repairability and recyclability, will be securely stored in it and exchanged”
“Digital battery passports and platforms, based on open source data and open standards, will be a powerful solution for a more efficient and greener energy storage supply chain.”
The project will complement the work of the Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland (CEID) and help achieve the goals of the EU’s Fit for 55 green transition strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The consortium reckons the findings will have the potential to pave the way for further product passports and economic sectors beyond the automotive one.