Partnerships between research centres, commercial companies and governments are needed to discover the day after tomorrow together. That is how climate goals are achieved.VITO is the innovative force by offering substantive knowledge, innovative processes and business models.

How can we ensure that Europe still has sufficient raw materials by 2050 to guarantee the competitiveness of its industry? In the European HORIZON 2020 project VERAM, five European technology platforms are joining forces to elaborate a vision for the future.

Which raw material can store as much energy as cobalt and nickel in lithium ion batteries, but is less polluting and more readily available? Sulphur is a strong candidate, based on prototypes of lithium sulphur batteries. In the coming years, VITO and its partners will determine whether a sustainable and competitive sulphur-based battery is within reach.

To achieve the climate targets, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere must be reduced. This can be done among others by removing CO2 from the air and using it as a raw material for the production of useful chemicals, bioplastics and so on.

The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) is aimed at cities, companies, knowledge institutions, project developers and citizen organisations working on sustainable smart cities. The platform collects instructive examples, processes the results into knowledge, and offers inspiring stories.

Within the MAT4BAT project VITO/EnergyVille wanted to understand and verify the ageing and decradation process in electrical batteries. We wanted to improve the battery lifetime considerably while maintaining optimal battery performance. The advancedMaterials used in electrical batteries should be economically viable and technologically feasible. We want to improve the European battery production capacities.