The National Battery Center (NBC) is to play an important role in increasing the share of technologies produced in Slovakia in cars manufactured in our country. Batteries are, of course, one of the most important components. In the effort of the founders of NBC for a leading position in this field, it is necessary to start a more intensive cooperation of Slovak science with industry.
“The automotive industry is currently facing major challenges. This is probably the most dynamic change in the last 120 years of our existence, and it is just about how vehicles move. We are switching to sources other than conventional combustion, whether petrol or diesel, alternative sources are coming and one of the main trends is electromobility.” Pavol Prepiak, Executive Vice President of the Association of the Automotive Industry of the Slovak Republic (ZAP SR). Video: Martin Bystriansky, 4.12.2020
Mr. Prepiak mentioned three areas in which ZAP SR wants to support the NBC initiative: research of materials and fuel cells, battery management, charging and related matters, and last but not least the impact on the environment. In this, ZAP SR mainly wants to play an integrating role between ideas, capable people in Slovakia, possible realizations, or the needs of car manufacturers in Europe and in the world.
The strategic direction of the automotive industry towards more intensive use of electric cars is also promoted by European Union legislation aimed at decarbonisation, reducing emissions in transport and achieving climate neutrality in 2050. An important activity in this effort is the development and production of advanced batteries.
Národné batériové centrum, video, YouTube kanál Slovenská akadémia vied, Video: Martin Bystriansky, 4.12.2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XowWkEw56hg Video introduction with English subtitles on an initiative of the SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES and its partners, launching the National Battery Centre – Národné batériové centrum.
Slovakia to have a National Battery Centre, Edited by Monika Tináková, SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 7.12.2020, https://www.sav.sk/index.php?doc=services-news&source_no=20&news_no=9186&lang=en
Slovensko bude mať Národné batériové centrum, Bratislava 7. decembra (TASR), https://www.teraz.sk/slovensko/slovensko-bude-mat-narodne-bateriov/512660-clanok.html
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