Germany is a major industrial location in Europe and worldwide. The strong position results from economic and political decisions that lay the foundations for stable economic and technological development.
To stay that way in the future, we need the courage to change. For many products and production processes, favorable environmental properties are becoming increasingly important. As a result, electric mobility will become even more widespread as an environmentally friendly mobility technology. And with it the research, development and production of "green" batteries and battery cells.
Against this background, it is a primary economic and industrial policy goal to use battery technologies to locate the entire value chain in Germany. This includes all integration stages from environmentally friendly materials, battery cells and battery systems to recycling with the recovery of raw materials. What is needed is a comprehensive understanding of product characteristics and production processes, from research to development to series production.
Therefore, it must be possible to establish a globally competitive or even leading battery technology "Made in Germany". I am firmly convinced that Germany is on the right track. Research and development, a close national and international exchange as well as a high innovative strength, especially by the middle class, are past success factors, which must be strengthened.
At the Battery Experts Forum, high-quality impulse lectures, podium discussions and an exhibition with exhibits from research, technology and development will offer you the opportunity to discuss energy storage holistically.
Cross-border cooperation strengthens the value chains in Germany and in Europe. In particular, I encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to discover joint projects, to identify potentials for development and to create the basis for forward-looking cooperation.
I wish you every success and all participants an exciting and informative time!
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
Germany is on the way to becoming independent from fossil and nuclear energy sources and from renewable sources in the future - an ambitious undertaking full of technological challenges. One of these is the storage of electricity generated from wind and solar power in order to power vehicles, but also to reconcile a volatile supply with the demand of a modern industrial society. This means that the battery is a key technology of the future.
Hesse has a lot to offer in this area. To name just a few examples: With Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Janek from Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, we have one of the leading battery researchers in our state. In Hanau, the Fraunhofer Project Group for Reusable Materials Recycling and Resource Strategy IWKS deals with the recycling of valuable materials and reusable material cycles - issues that are of great importance for the production of batteries, which depends on valuable and sometimes rare materials.
The paths from research to application are brief in Hessen: Umicore, also based in Hanau, is already preparing for the recovery of raw materials from old batteries. The company AKASOL, emerged from the Technical University of Darmstadt, produces batteries for the e-buses from Daimler. And from Frankfurt it is not far to the company BMZ, which produces the batteries for the so successful StreetScooter shortly behind the Hessian-Bavarian border.
No doubt: Frankfurt is the right place to talk about the current state of battery and charging technology. I wish the Battery Experts Forum a good progress and inspiring hours for all visitors.
Hessian Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy, Transport and Regional Development
Electric energy today determines much of our everyday lives. It is important that the required energy is available at any time and in almost any place in the world. The energy transition will mean that the renewable solar or wind energy sources will no longer produce the electricity when it is needed and will stop producing where it is needed. Instead, it must be possible to save the energy gained as efficiently as possible. Battery technology is one of the guarantors that the energy transition in Germany will actually succeed.
Whether mobile phones, electric cars, energy-efficient homes - all these applications would not have been a reality long ago, if the battery technology had not developed continuously. The innovations of recent decades in this area have meant that we can now drive with an electric car on similar terms, as with a comparable combustion vehicle, but independent of fossil energy sources.
For Frankfurt am Main, battery technology is also of great importance, as the city will adopt a long-term departure from fossil and nuclear energy sources. The Main metropolis will thus make its contribution to climate protection and do something about global warming.
The situation is similar with traffic. The German commuter capital Frankfurt am Main has to complete the traffic turnaround. In addition to multimodal transport services, it is particularly important to offer electric mobility the best possible development opportunities in our city, in order to be able to permanently reduce traffic emissions and pollution to a minimum.
Take the opportunity to attend one of the leading international industry events and learn about the latest trends and innovations in the world of battery technology.
I'm sure Frankfurt am Main will convince you!
Lord Mayor of the city of Frankfurt am Main