Eight call: Batterifondsprogrammet

If you research within recycling of batteries or within batteries for stationary or vehicle applications, you are welcome to apply for support in the eight call for Batterifondsprogrammet.

Projects throughout the programme are welcome

The call is open for applications throughout the programme, but this call specifically requests, without any ranking:

  • Projects focusing on practical, behavioural or regulatory factors that can accelerate or impede production (from the material extraction to the manufacturing of batteries and battery-based products), use, reuse, submission and recycling of batteries.
  • Projects promoting resource efficiency, e.g. life cycle analysis, circular economy, design for reuse/recycling or sustainable materials.
  • Projects on system perspectives for circular flows, e.g. on how to maximize collection so that batteries return to certified/legal recyclers (whether valuable or not).
  • Projects addressing research on safety issues related to batteries along the entire chain from material extraction to the manufacturing of batteries and battery-based products, use (e.g. electricity grids, buildings and vehicles), reuse, return and recycling of batteries.
  • Projects that can help to position the Swedish and European battery value chain in an international context, e.g. mapping of technologies and applications in different parts of the world as well as studies of import and export of primary and secondary raw materials, finished and used products, and the technical, economic, political and social drivers and obstacles behind this development.
  • Projects having a potential to strengthen the long-term competitiveness of Swedish industry in the battery area (battery production, recycling and circular flows).
  • Projects on cell and battery system modelling, as well as the coupling in between (better developed models can become central to better diagnostics and to avoid excessive testing).
  • Projects helping to increase the number of PhD students and other individuals active in the battery field.
  • Syntheses
    1. Requirements and research needs for battery technology for stationary storage.
    2. Safety aspects of recycling, production and stationary storage.
    3. Labelling to promote traceability, reuse and recycling.  

Research areas

In addition to the areas mentioned above, the programme supports, without any ranking, projects in the following research areas:

  • Reuse, including life and safety aspects
  • Recycling
  • Battery development of today's and tomorrow's technologies and materials including supercapacitors
  • Diagnostics/measurement
  • Control/use
  • Logistics
  • Security
  • Other research for the programme's impact objectives  

Demonstration of technology available on the market is not included in the program.  

The project must have the potential to contribute to the following impact objectives:

  • New and further developed cost- and resource-efficient battery concepts for the storage and use of renewable energy in electrical systems and vehicle applications.
  • World-leading knowledge and competence of Swedish researchers as well as companies in:
    - current as well as future battery systems for the storage and use of renewable energy in automotive and electrical systems applications.
    - sustainable and cost-effective recycling processes and methods.
    - Close cooperation and an active network between academia and industry, and expanded battery research activities within Swedish companies.  

All project proposals with the potential to contribute to the programme's impact objectives are welcome. Priority will be given to projects addressing the areas specifically requested where the assessment otherwise weighs equally.  

Projects funded under the call must have the potential to contribute to advancing the research front. How the project relates to the international research front and how it can contribute to its transfer should be clear in the application.  

Battery development projects concerning vehicle batteries should relate to the EUCAR target.

Who can apply?

The call is open for applications from industry, academia, institutes and the public sector.

Decisions on the projects supported will be taken by May 2021 at the earliest. The project can start no earlier than May 1, 2021.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Read more in the full call text under ”Läs detta innan du söker” in the Swedish call.

About Batterifondsprogrammet

Before 1 January 2009, when the Regulation (2008:834) on producer responsibility for batteries came into force, a charge was levied on the sale of batteries to pay for collection and recycling. The funds that have not been used up have been saved in the Battery Fund. Batterifondsprogrammet allocates financing from this fund. The second phase of the programme began in 2017 and runs until 2027-12-31. During this phase, approximately SEK 280 million will be distributed through annual calls.

Read more about the programme in Swedish.

Closing date for applications

2021-02-03

Decision period                                

May – June 2021

Announced funding                           

About 50 million Swedish crowns

Earliest project start 

2021-05-01

Contact

We offer support until 16.00 hours on the day the call closes.