Electrification of the transport sector has already evolved considerably. There are nevertheless still challenges ahead with respect to charging infrastructure, battery management, and safety. These issues are to be addressed, as more and more cities are considering implementation of electric public transport systems, and more restrictions on carbon based fueled vehicles are imposed.
Brainport: Introduction of Brainport Eindhoven, and the battery ecosystem
Brainport Development is the economic development agency of one of the most innovative high-tech regions in the world and supports companies in connecting to its ecosystem. From a Philips heritage the region has grown into a multi-sectoral tech hub where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier suppliers work closely together with global OEMs in markets as semiconductor, energy, mobility and health.
One of the key topics of the region is battery technology that is of strategic importance to the future automotive and maritime industry. Brainport Development will share more on the battery activities it is employing from its region’s competences in high-tech systems, thin film technologies and the heavy duty transport market.
Spike: Challenge of finding the optimal battery for vehicle electrification
The Netherlands is one of the frontrunners in electrification of road vehicles. Also, it is one of the leaders in setting strict norms on limitations of emissions of non-road vehicles, such as those used in construction and agriculture. Electrification of various applications bring significant challenges, especially when limited production volumes limit the available resources to develop an inhouse drivetrain and battery system. Jeroen will give an introduction to these challenges and how these can be solved.
Cofounder of SPIKE Technologies, background in TU/e: sustainable energy technologies.
Rutger van Poppel:
Project Lead Battery for Brainport Development. Brainport Development is the economic development agency of the Brainport Eindhoven region representing the 21 municipalities and it’s high-tech industry. The focus of my job is the development of the battery ecosystem. We do this by organizing the battery industry in a national program, creating national collaborations and build relations with valuable international battery companies. Rutger has been working at Brainport Development for 3 years, studied Strategic and Supply Chain Management and next to developing the battery ecosystem has been helping international companies to set up their activities in the region.