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Germany launches “Battery Pass” project and names Circulor as a technology implementor within the consortium

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Michael Kellner, BMWK Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär; Tilmann Vahle, SYSTEMIQ; Silja Piehl, Au; Matthias Ballweg, SYSTEMIQ; Susanne Kadner, acatec; Torsten Freund, BASF​

  • The German government and select industry representatives today announced the country’s “Battery Pass” project, poised for global significance in light of the EU Battery Regulation. 

  • The eleven-member consortium will develop the technical standards and content for a battery passport, as well as integration of this data into a dataspace demonstrator. 

  • As the pioneer in supply chain traceability, Circulor has been selected as a consortium member to lead the demonstrator work package.

Berlin, 25 April 2022 - Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action formally announced today its “Battery Pass” project and its eleven consortium members, including Circulor, the leading supply chain traceability provider, as one of the technology implementors leading the demonstrator work package. The announcement marks the beginning of a three-year, German-funded R&D project to develop core data specifications and technical standards for a “passport”, as well as a standardized dataspace to manage batteries that are manufactured or placed into service in the European Union. 

Circulor will lead one of the project’s five work packages – the “Battery Pass Demonstrator” work package – using content and technical standards to simulate data flows and system transactions.

The Battery Pass project, led by system change company SYSTEMIQ GmbH, comprises eleven consortium partners: acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, BASF SE, BMW AG, Circulor GmbH, FIWARE Foundation e.V., Fraunhofer IPK, SYSTEMIQ GmbH, TWAICE Technologies GmbH, Umicore AG & Co KG, VDE Renewables GmbH (through subcontracting), and AUDI AG. As of today, associated partners include the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), GS1 Germany GmbH, Kompetenznetzwerk Lithium-Ionen-Batterien (KLiB), Mercedes-Benz AG, RWE Generation SE, SAP SE.

“Circulor is thrilled to be part of this one-of-a-kind consortium. Batteries are valuable assets and giving them an identity will be key to achieving circular economies that deliver resource security and lower emissions,” says Circulor CEO and Founder Douglas Johnson-Poensgen. “We are excited to contribute our know-how to building this battery passport demonstrator."

With Circulor’s technology, electric vehicle OEMs and supply chain participants can track the physical flow of critical materials from extraction to final production, as well as associated ESG characteristics, including embedded carbon across Scope 1 and 2 emissions, to create a dynamic picture of inherited emissions at the downstream.  Working in battery traceability since 2017, Circulor tracks critical battery materials, their GHG emissions, and ESG credentials for both upstream and downstream customers. With customers such as Volvo Cars, Polestar and Rock Tech Lithium, Circulor helps them prove their sustainable and responsible sourcing through the creation of product passports. 


Global regulations for batteries and their critical materials are growing in number and complexity. For example, the forthcoming EU Battery Regulation is expected to be passed into law in the first half of this year. It will require battery passports that clearly show the battery’s embedded CO2 emissions, compliance to ethical production standards, and a growing amount of recycled content. Today’s “Battery Pass” project announced by the German government will influence and inform the European Commission and key partners on how the technical standards and content of digital identities for batteries can be developed and managed to enable responsible, sustainable, and circular electrified economies.


This project receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action by resolution of the German Bundestag under grant agreement No BZF335. 


About Circulor

Circulor is the leading sustainable supply chain traceability provider. Headquartered in the UK, with a global footprint across Germany, the U.S., Singapore, and Australia, Circulor enables businesses to fully analyze, track, and manage their supply chains to ensure responsible sourcing and improve sustainability. Circulor does this by providing an enterprise software platform, which creates a reliable chain of custody of materials and attaches GHG emissions and other ESG data directly to the flow of materials. More information can be found at Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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