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ABRI August News

Keeping you up-to-date on battery news in Australia and around the world.  Scroll down and click on the ‘read more’ buttons to go to the full news stories.

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BATTERY STORAGE MASTERCLASS: OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS FOR BATTERY STORAGE - SMART ENERGY COUNCIL

In this in-depth one-day Masterclass by the Smart Energy Council and VDE Renewables you will join experts from around the world who have been at the forefront of battery testing and certification.

 

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SHORT CIRCUITING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY - E-SCRAP NEWS

Markets, freight and labour costs are all major concerns for materials handlers. But a more insidious threat looms in plain site: lithium-ion batteries that are are increasingly smaller in size and hard to remove economically.

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AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL - FUNDED PROJECTS - INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION RESEARCH HUBS 2019

The Australian Government has announced 4 new research grants under the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme for 2019 with a total of $18.1 million awarded in this 2019 round.

ABRI is please to partner on one of these projects which aims to transform Australia’s waste and resource recovery industry by equipping it with scientifically developed advanced manufacturing capability, focusing on small-scale processing of materials produced from battery and consumer wastes which would otherwise mostly end up in landfill.

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APPLE ACCUSED OF HAMPERING BATTERY REPLACEMENT - E-SCRAP NEWS

Newer iPhone models contain software that effectively impedes third-party battery replacement, according to a repair advocacy group. Apple says it introduced the software as a safety measure.  Apple iPhone XS, XR and XS Max models have software that triggers an alert message if the phone detects anything but a “genuine Apple battery”.

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HIGH-PERFORMANCE BATTERIES TO BE MADE FROM NEW MATERIALS

A program to find applications for a new type of battery material has received $3 million in funding from the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) program.

The project aims to find and test a new type of material for high performance batteries. Currently, these types of batteries require costly and difficult to source materials to store significant amounts of energy.

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BUTTON BATTERY SAFETY ISSUES PAPER - ACCC - CITIZEN SPACE

The ACCC has formed a taskforce to investigate the safety of button batteries and products that contain them. As part of this investigation, the ACCC is seeking information from stakeholders to understand the extent of any market failure in the supply of button battery consumer products and whether regulation under the Australian Consumer Law is necessary to address their hazards.

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NICKEL OUTPERFORMS BUT STAINLESS SECTOR UNDER PRESSURE • RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL

Strong mid-year prices for nickel reflect higher stainless steel production in China and Indonesia but Europe cries foul over cheap imports.

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2019 AUSTRALASIAN WASTE & RECYCLING EXPO

We are proud to be a Supporting Partner of the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo and encourage you to attend on 30-31 October at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour.  As the premier business event for the waste, recycling and resource recovery sector, AWRE is where the best come together to for a world of solutions towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

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ICBR 2019 MEDIA RELEASE - INTERVIEW WITH GHISLAIN LESCUYER, CEO OF SAFT, FRANCE

Have you noted the International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) 2019 in your calendar for September 18-20 in Lyon, France? You can look forward to outstanding presentations and an ideal platform for networking with industry representatives from all over the world.  This year the keynote speech will be delivered by Ghislain Lescuyer, CEO of the battery manufacturer Saft. Mr Lescuyer will report on the renewable energy market and the role of electrical energy storage. Click below for insights into his presentation.

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ICBR 2019 MEDIA RELEASE - INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHE PILLOT

Attached is the media release of ICBR 2019, which will take place from September 18 – 20, 2019 in Lyon, France.  Once again, this year an extensive congress program awaits you with 30 presentations, two panel discussions and, a top-class exhibition on the agenda. In addition, there will be two planned tours and a workshop on the UN and ADR regulations regarding the transportation of end-of-life, damaged and defective lithium batteries. At the end of the first day of the congress, ICM has arranged a networking dinner at the Michelin 3-star restaurant l’Abbaye of the famous Paul Bocuse!

One of the keynote speakers will be internationally renowned battery expert Christophe Pillot. Mr Pillot is Director of the French consulting firm Avicenne Energy and will provide an overview of current developments in the lithium battery market at the ICBR 2019. Click the link below for some key insights into the current market situation.

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ECOCYCLE UNVEILS NEW BRANDING

It’s a new day for Australasia’s leading mercury recycler, Ecocycle, after the company revamped its branding to strengthen its various recycling services.  Ecocycle, formerly CMA Ecocycle, recently updated its branding to highlight its different business units, which will also include Ecobatt and Ecoe-waste.

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FIRE AND RESCUE NSW WASTE FACILITIES GUIDELINE RELEASED

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has released version two of a Fire safety in waste facilities guideline, following consultation with the waste industry in early 2019.

The document provides guidance on fire safety in waste facilities that receive combustible waste material, including adequate provision for fire safety and facilitate safe fire brigade intervention to protect life, property and the environment.

CLICK HERE FOR V2 FIRE SAFETY IN WASTE FACILITIES GUIDELINES
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SA GOVERNMENT INVESTS $750,000 IN NEW BUSINESSES FOCUSSED ON WASTE MANAGEMENT

The South Australian government is extending its partnership with Innovyz to deliver a second business incubator program, which will invest in technologies that improve waste management.

Announced on August 24, the continued partnership could see up to 10 companies created in the state that aim to turning waste into valuable products and improve environmental outcomes.

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SMALL-SCALE ENERGY STORAGE FORUM - CLEAN ENERGY COUNCIL

Don’t miss the Small-scale energy storage forum to be held Thursday 5 September 2019 in Adelaide.  This one-day event and will provide a day of knowledge sharing and networking, featuring eight in-depth sessions on all the opportunities and technical challenges currently facing the sector.

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CUMMINS BACKS SECOND-LIFE EV BATTERIES

US engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins has announced an extended partnership with the University of California San Diego to analyse the most effective ways of reusing and repurposing electric vehicle batteries.

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CATHODE RE-BIRTHING FROM SPENT BATTERIES

Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) has teamed up with Envirostream Australia and ANSTO Minerals to develop a practical solution to a global problem. Right now, spent lithium-ion batteries are piling up around the globe, but to date the capacity to recycle the metals they contain (which are of considerable value) is limited. Almost without exception that recycling capacity recovers the base metals (nickel, copper, cobalt, etc.) only, not the lithium.

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