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EU Materials roadmap for low carbon energy technologies

Roadmapping for the future

This useful document includes roadmaps for Electricity Storage and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, but doesn't specifically refer to lightweighting of materials for transport (e.g. use of composites to decrease the weight of vehicles, vessels or trains, which in turn reduces energy requirements for propulsion).  Use of composites is however almost taken as given throughout the roadmaps.

The materials roadmap presented complements and expands the technology roadmaps developed in the context of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) as the basis for its implementation. It puts forward key materials research and innovation activities to advance energy technologies for the next 10 years. It serves as a programmatic guide for research and development activities in the field of materials for energy applications for both the European Union’s research and innovation programme and Member State programmes.

Materials as a key enabler

The European Union has prioritised materials as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) to enable the transition to a knowledge-based, low carbon resource-efficient economy. 

The full materials roadmap document can be downloaded here.

Electricity storage

Electricity storage is an essential technology to improve the manageability and flexibility of the European power system. Today, most storage technologies are too costly and exhibit inadequate technical performances for a wide-spread deployment and integration at system scale. Materials are often the limiting but also the determining factor in making storage technologies affordable, efficient, and reliable options for a secure and dependable electricity grid. Bringing storage technologies to a stage of commercial maturity and accelerating the transition to mass commercialisation is an overriding priority (see section 3.5 of the roadmap document for more information, and the roadmap for this from pp46-57).

Hydrogen and fuel cells

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative aims to develop and test cost- competitive, high energy efficient fuel cell systems and sustainable hydrogen infrastructure technologies under real market conditions for transport and stationary applications (see section 3.9 of the roadmap document for more information and see the roadmap for this from pp82-90).

Download the roadmap

View the article on the EU Commission website

With thanks to the NanoKTN for the pointer to this!

 

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