The battery industry is complex and constantly evolving. This makes cooperation between the multiple stakeholders in the supply chain all the more important in order to achieve the targets of the Green Deal and enable Europe to gain a strong leadership position in the future of mobility.
Competencies of all kinds are needed to accelerate technological progress across the entire European electrification sector and this has been precisely one of our main motivations for investing time and resources in European cooperation projects over the last several years.
Accelerating battery testing processes and obtaining more reliable, safer and more competitive batteries are, in fact, the ambitious goals of the European FASTEST Project, which officially got under way in June 2023. Flash Battery is a part of it together with other 13 partners from 8 European countries, who will be working in close collaboration for 36 months to make the European Union increasingly more competitive in the area of electrification.
Thanks to its extensive experience as a designer and manufacturer of lithium batteries for industrial machinery and vehicles, Flash Battery will bring the consortium a uniquely new angle detached from the automotive and stationary storage world and help to develop a “fast-track” battery testing platform supplying its own industrial use case.
The numbers of the FASTEST Project for a competitive EU battery value chain
14 partners, 36 months of work and a budget of nearly €5 million
The European FASTEST project, part of the Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, was created to improve the industrial competitiveness of the EU battery industry by aiming to develop new, faster and more efficient testing solutions.
The limitations of current battery tests
Today, Europe’s battery R&D is grappling with very rigid standardised testing methodologies that leave little room for agility, take up a lot of time and resources, require expensive equipment, and are based on a general trial and error approach, while never really understanding the intricate multi-scale and multi-physics phenomena of the battery system as a whole. A battery system is a complex world and all kinds of chemical, electrical, mechanical, thermal and communication events are happening inside it.
Due to the complexity of the system and the added complications brought on by the current standard battery testing methodologies, the lithium battery development and commercialisation process in the EU has slowed down dramatically and often precludes manufacturers from bringing truly innovative solutions to market in a timely manner.
New advanced tests from FASTEST will accelerate market entry of European batteries
The FASTEST project—composed of a consortium of 14 European public- and private-sector partners, including companies, Universities and Research Centres—aims to streamline these processes by identifying and validating new and faster methods for assessing battery safety, performance and life so that increasingly reliable and efficient lithium batteries can be launched in the market faster.
Browse through the photo gallery of the FASTEST project kick-off meeting: