EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, acts as a unified voice in promoting the interests of the European automotive, industrial and special battery industries to the EU institutions, national governments, customers and the media. With over 40 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the battery industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa, EUROBAT works with stakeholders to help develop new battery solutions to issues of common concern in areas like electro-mobility and renewable energy storage.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE conducts research on the technology needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialised, threshold and developing countries. The Institute′s work ranges from fundamental scientific research relating to solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems. The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities as services.
NAATBatt International (“NAATBatt”) is a not-for-profit trade association of companies, associations and research institutions commercializing advanced electrochemical energy storage technology for emerging, high tech applications. NAATBatt International focuses its activities on six elements of the advanced electrochemical energy storage supply chain: energy materials, cells, packs and components, ITC systems, manufacturing tools, end user applications and new technologies.
Among end user applications, the use of electricity storage technology to improve the performance and economics of electricity generated by solar power is a key interest. NAATBatt International’s members include advanced battery, ultracapacitor and electrode manufacturers, energy materials suppliers, vehicle makers, electric utilities, equipment vendors, service providers, universities and research institutions. Its core mission is to accelerate the adoption of electrochemical energy storage technology in the marketplace. NAATBatt helps its members succeed in that marketplace by providing them with market intelligence, greater visibility for their brands and technologies, networking opportunities and better access to new and emerging technologies.
The ZSW was established in 1988 by the German state of Baden-Württemberg, together with universities, research institutions, and commercial firms. It is a non-profit foundation under the civil code. Solar energy and hydrogen technologies are currently maturing on an industrial scale and will be major components in the sustainable energy supply of the 21st century. As a result, ZSW pursues the following goals and research topics.
- Research and development of technologies for the sustainable and climate-friendly generation of electricity, heat, and fuel
- Transfer of R&D results to market-relevant products (technology transfer)
- Consulting political decision-makers and professional associations
Today the ZSW has approximately 230 employees and 70 student and scientific assistants and is one of the leading energy research institutes in Europe. Joint ventures and the growing proportion of industry commissions demonstrate the consistent applications relevance of our work.
The "ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association" promotes the industry’s joint economic, technological and environmental policy interests on a national, European and global level. The ZVEI represents more than 1,600 companies, mostly SMEs. The sector has 838,000 employees in Germany plus 690,000 employees all over the world. In 2013 the turnover was approximately Euro 167 billion. The electrical and electronics industry is the most innovative and the second largest industry sector in Germany. Every third innovation in Germany´s manufacturing sector stems from solutions of this sector. More than 20 percent of all industrial R+D spending comes from this industry.