Flow Batteries Europe (FBE) has been established with the aim of shaping a long-term strategy for the flow battery sector to help accelerate decarbonisation in Europe.
Flow battery at Idaho National Laboratory
Flow Batteries Europe (FBE) is an international not-for-profit association aimed at accelerating the decarbonisation in Europe and globally by increasing the deployment of energy storage and flexibility solutions through flow battery technology. The association was established by 16 flow battery stakeholders on 28th April.
The main objectives of FBE are:
To promote the advantages of flow battery technologies and support the European supply chain;
To accelerate the development and deployment of the flow battery value chain and scale up the technology via EU legislation, funding and energy storage projects.
“I am looking forward to working with the Members to share with the European Institutions the benefits of flow batteries and how a strong flow battery industry can contribute to Europe’s climate goals” said Kees van de Kerk, Managing Director at Volterion, who has been elected as the association’s first president during its first Statutory General Assembly.
The association has also welcomed three Vice-Presidents: Tobias Janoschka (JenaBatteries), Alexander Schönfeldt (CellCube) and Mr Paul Vollant (Largo Resources), and elected Guillaume Chazalet (Kemiwatt) as Treasurer.
“These individuals have enormous experience across all aspects of the flow battery industry, bringing their strengths to Flow Batteries Europe” added Kees van de Kerk.
Anthony Price, the Secretary General of FBE, added that between 2010 and 2019, only 7 percent of the world’s flow battery projects were installed in Europe, with much more R&D and commercial support taking place in North America and Asia and that forming FBE is a great opportunity to ensure that Europe takes full advantage of this exciting, safe and efficient battery energy storage technology.
Flow Batteries Europe now has 16 members (5 research centres, 5 industry players, 5 start-ups and 1 association). The association is inviting all European industrial and institutional organisations interested in actively promoting flow battery technologies to join.
The founding members are:
Industry: CellCube; InEnergy; Largo Clean Energy; Voith; W.L. Gore & Associates
Start-up: JenaBatteries; KEMIWATT; Pinflow energy storage; Vanevo; Volterion
Research: CIC energiGUNE; CENELEST; Tekniker; University of Padua; ZHAW