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EIT InnoEnergy says Chvaletice Manganese Project is a “milestone moment” for Europe’s auto industry

EU-backed organization EIT InnoEnergy has followed up on its Feb. 22, 2021 agreement with Euro Manganese with an official announcement celebrating its support of the Chvaletice Manganese Project.

Euro Manganese is proud of its association with EIT InnoEnergy. See the full text of the EIT InnoEnergy announcement below.

EIT InnoEnergy boosts European EV battery raw material supply chain with support of Czech high-purity manganese project

Chvaletice Project will provide Europe’s fast-growing EV industry with a sustainable, local and long-term supply of battery-grade manganese products

15 March 2021

EIT InnoEnergy, the world’s largest sustainable energy innovation engine, has announced its support of Euro Manganese’s Czech-based Chvaletice Manganese Project, helping fulfil ambitions to create a competitive and sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain in Europe.

In addition to an initial investment of €250k, EIT InnoEnergy will help Euro Manganese secure financing for full-scale commercial development up to €362 million for the commercial development of the Chvaletice Manganese Project. EIT InnoEnergy will also help Euro Manganese secure customer offtake agreements by leveraging its network of industrial partners, including the European Battery Alliance (EBA), for which it runs the industrial development programme.

The news follows a March 12, 2021 announcement from European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič that a €900 million partnership is to be established between Horizon Europe and the EBA to foster research and innovation in the battery sector. Following a ministerial meeting of the European Battery Alliance (EBA) that included EU ministers and the European Investment Bank, Šefčovič said: “The EIB’s involvement is decisive here to de-risk raw materials projects, leverage additional private money and effectively, to close the estimated financial gap of 15 billion euros by 2025.”

In the same meeting, Šefčovič tasked EIT InnoEnergy with creating the ‘EBA250 Academy’ to help bridge the emerging battery value chain skills gap by upskilling and reskilling citizens. With several large-scale industrial projects coming online over the next few years, Europe is expected to become the second largest battery cell manufacturer in the world, creating 800,000 direct jobs by 2025.

A milestone moment for the European automotive industry The Chvaletice Manganese Project is the only sizeable manganese resource in the European Union, with the potential to provide up to 50% of projected European demand for high-purity manganese for batteries in 2025, and 28% of anticipated 2030 requirements. As such, the Project represents a milestone moment for the European automotive industry, which is looking to reduce the risk of potential critical raw material supply disruptions.

Euro Manganese CEO, Marco Romero, explains: “High purity manganese is an essential raw material for batteries and will be required in the vast majority of European electric vehicles. We have seen projected demand rise steadily over the past two years with current estimates pointing to a more than tenfold increase in global demand in 2030 compared to 2021.

“We are grateful to have EIT InnoEnergy’s support to bring our project to fruition. Once operational, we expect the Project to be one of the world’s largest producers of high purity manganese with an expected annual output of around 50,000 tonnes for 25 years.”

The Project will also bring local environmental and social benefits in the form of 400 high-quality jobs. Its development and the ensuing site reclamation will also eliminate a longstanding source of water pollution. The manganese will be extracted from tailings (fine, sandy waste piles) from a decommissioned mine about 90 km east of Prague.

EIT InnoEnergy CEO, Diego Pavia said: “Euro Manganese’s proposed development represents a unique opportunity for Europe to secure a measure of self-sufficiency in manganese, which is a critical battery raw material.

“This project exemplifies the ideals of a sustainable, circular economy. By reprocessing existing mining waste located in Europe, the project will have a much smaller environmental footprint than other existing sources of battery-grade manganese, which are typically mined and shipped from Africa, processed in China and then transported to Europe.

“The project also stands to remediate the impacts of past mining activity by recycling industrial waste. These are significant environmental benefits. By fully integrating Chvaletice Manganese into the European battery value chain, we seek to strengthen the foundation of Europe’s green and electric future.”

Local community support The Chvaletice Manganese Project has been uncontroversial and continues to earn local community support. Radek Valenta, the Mayor of Trnávka Village, the community closest to the Project site, said: “Our village council has endorsed the Chvaletice Manganese Project because of the potential economic and environmental benefits it will bring to our community and the surrounding area. It will be good to finally see the remediation of the Chvaletice mine site. We are also pleased that the project is getting support from EIT InnoEnergy, because it could help Europe and the Czech Republic further their goals for a greener economy.” About EIT InnoEnergy EIT InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for sustainable energy. We bring people and resources together, catalysing and accelerating the energy transition.

We engage at every stage of the journey – from classroom to end‑customer. Operating at the centre of the energy transition, we build connections worldwide, bringing together innovators and industry, entrepreneurs and investors, graduates and employers.

Our bespoke support to accelerate sustainable energy innovation, knows no borders or boundaries:

  • Industry are linked with innovation and alumni, providing commercially attractive technologies panning the energy value chain, and top talent to enhance innovation.

  • Start-ups, scale-ups, and innovators receive tailor-made support to boost and de-risk business cases and speed up time to market.

  • Students and learners have access to eight master’s programmes at 16 top technical universities and business schools, as well as online and blended courses.

Bringing these disciplines together maximises the impact of each, accelerates the development of market-ready solutions, and creates a fertile environment in which we can sell the innovative results of our work. EIT InnoEnergy was established in 2010 and is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). https://innoenergy.com/ About Euro Manganese Inc. and Mangan Chvaletice s.r.o. Euro Manganese Inc. is a Canadian battery materials company whose principal focus is advancing the development of the Chvaletice Manganese Project, in which it holds a 100% interest. The proposed Project, which will be operated by wholly owned subsidiary, Mangan Chvaletice s.r.o., entails re-processing a significant manganese deposit hosted in mine tailings from a decommissioned mine, strategically located in the Czech Republic. The Company’s goal is to become a leading, competitive and environmentally superior primary producer of ultra-high-purity Manganese Products in the heart of Europe, serving both the lithium-ion battery industry, as well as other high-technology applications. Euro Manganese is a member of the European Battery Alliance and the European Raw Materials Alliance. https://www.mn25.ca/.

About the European Battery Alliance and its Business Investment Platform The European Battery Alliance (“EBA250”) was initiated by the European Commission in 2017 to create a competitive and sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain in Europe. Its members include the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and key industry stakeholders such as automakers, battery and cathode producers. The Business Investment Platform brings together a wide range of EV industry stakeholders to accelerate the development of a European battery supply chain. Its members include most of the key participants in the EU’s EV and battery industry. The Platform was co-designed by EIT InnoEnergy, public and private financial institutions, and several core industrial partners to shorten the time to investment and reduce related business and investment risks.

The full list of industrial, academic and financial partners of the EBA250 may be found at: https://www.eba250.com/about-eba250/network/

For more about the European Battery Alliance, please visit https://www.eba250.com/

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