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Join us for this online event and discover why a transition of European economies to modern renewable energy systems will require, among other things, a massive increase in electricity storage capacity. It is clear that batteries will be an essential part of energy self-sufficient households as well as administrative or industrial facilities.

Battery storage will contribute to the stabilization of the electricity grid. Batteries will be used by millions of electric cars, which will ensure clean mobility in our cities.

About the Event:

During the event we will reflect on:

Do we have enough raw materials in Europe to produce the required amount of batteries?

Can we mine the necessary rare metals such as lithium, cobalt and rare earth without the risk of major damage of the environment?

Don’t we risk depending on the purchase of precious metals from developing countries or dictatorial regimes, where mining neglects the dignity of workers and excessively devastates nature?

Given the lithium deposits in the Czech Republic, can the production of batteries be an opportunity for Czech companies on the European or world market? Do we have technologies that can recycle metals from obsolete batteries, making the energy storage sector part of the circular economy? Is there room for Czech companies in the field of battery recycling?

These are some of the questions we will address in the presentations and discussion.


  • Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Strefa Zieleni Foundation (Poland), Member of the Board of the Green European Foundation – opening the topic: the need for precious metals for energy and digital transition in a European and global context
  • Doc. ing. Tomáš Kazda, Brno University of Technology – raw materials and technologies for battery production, challenges and expected development
  • Alicia Valero, Head of Industrial Ecology at the Research Center for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE Institute), Zaragoza, Spain – Precious metal recycling options and technologies for the production of batteries for the automotive industry
  • RNDr. Petr Kratochvíl, Ecobat – collection and recycling of batteries in the Czech Republic, current state and expected development, opportunities for Czech companies in the field of precious metal recycling
  • Pavel Čmelík, Director of the ČEZ a.s. Development Project Management Department – how a big Czech energy company is considering entering the energy storage and battery production sector, including the provision of the necessary sources of raw materials

The event will be moderated by Martin Ander, Chairman of the Institute.



Where: Online platform – ZOOM

Date and time: Wednesday, 28th April from 15:00 to 17:00 CET.

Audience: this webinar is open to the general public

Registrations:  Click here

Language: simultaneous interpretation Czech – English will be provided for this event

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Institute for Active Citizenship

and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.


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