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Europe boosts development of advanced materials for renewable energy

In a crucial step towards industrial leadership in key technologies for the dual green and digital transition, the European Commission has proposed a comprehensive strategy to move towards leadership in advanced materials. These materials, intentionally designed to show superior performance or special functions, are essential for innovation in renewable energy, electronics, construction, mobility and other sectors crucial for the green and digital transition.

The strategy presented in the Communication on advanced materials seeks to align research and innovation priorities and investments in the EU. This will ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of advanced materials technology, crucial for long-term competitiveness and strategic autonomy.

Demand for advanced materials is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, with applications in renewable energy production, batteries, zero-emission buildings, semiconductors, medicines, medical devices, satellites, space launchers, aircraft and defence equipment, among others.

The strategy proposes actions in five main pillars:

1. Strengthening the European research and innovation ecosystem: Seeks to boost research in advanced materials to ensure technological sovereignty.

2. Accelerating market access: Includes the development of a "materials commons" and a European digital infrastructure for research and innovation, accelerating the design and development of new advanced materials through the use of artificial intelligence.

3. Increasing investment: A new partnership with industry will be established under Horizon Europe, aiming for investments worth €500 million for the period 2025-2027, encouraging at least €250 million from private sources.

4. Fostering production and use: Including public procurement for innovation, standard setting and the creation of an Advanced Materials Academy to ensure the necessary skills in the European workforce.

5. Establish a Technology Council: This Council will advise on the direction of the initiative, collaborating with Member States, Horizon Europe partner countries and industry.

Europe, which already has a strong position in the development of advanced materials, seeks with this strategy to strengthen its position and ensure strategic autonomy and economic security by reducing dependence on critical materials through recycling and reuse. The initiative marks a significant milestone towards a more sustainable and technologically advanced economy.


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