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ABRI May 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 STEWARDSHIP A PRIORITY UNDER THE NATIONAL WASTE POLICY

Meeting of Environment Ministers endorses the work of the Battery Stewardship Council as a priority under the National Waste Policy.

In a letter from Hannah Jackson, Acting Chief of Staff for the Minister of Environment and Science, it was confirmed that a key outcome of the most recent meeting of Environment Ministers was an agreement from all jurisdictions that the scope of the proposed battery stewardship scheme would be expanded to cover all batteries, including energy storage and non-rechargeable batteries.

It was also agreed that the development and implementation of the scheme was a priority under the National Waste Policy, endorsed by Ministers in December 2018. A National Waste Policy Action Plan is currently being prepared, with the scheme listed for introduction by 2022.   Gerry Morvell, Chair of the BSC, said that based on current progress design of the Scheme, he expects it to be implemented well ahead of this deadline.

This is a pivotal moment for the scheme as it enables much needed funding to flow through the QLD Department of Science on behalf of all jurisdictions to enable the BSC to conduct planned consultation with BSC members to refine the proposed approach.

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RUSSIA SHOWS HOW TO RECYCLE MILITARY BATTERIES

This article in Recycling International discusses extortion of secondary precious metals, such as silver from heavy duty batteries in military application.

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AUSTRALIAN ENERGY STORAGE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION ONLY A MONTH AWAY

Less than a month to go until the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition. ABRI members are eligible to a 20% discount.  Email info@batteryrecycling.org.au to receive your promo code.  With the theme ‘Energy Storage – The Great Enabler’, this year’s conference program will focus on the current installed projects, technologies and processes for large scale and commercial energy storage from around the world and features some of the preeminent voices in the international energy storage industry with expert speakers from government, industry and academia.

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RAPID CHARGE FOR EU BATTERY RECYCLING

This Waste Management World article illustrates the significant investment in the battery recycling sector in the European Union, with a consortium including the EU commission, the European Investment Bank and other stakeholders.   In Australia, the proposed Battery Stewardship Scheme would provide certainty for similar collaborations and investments and lead to innovation and rapid expansion in green industry.

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WHY BATTERY RECYCLERS ARE BECOMING EVER MORE IMPORTANT

In this Recycling International article, Kirstin Linnenkoper discusses the importance of battery recyclers as the surge towards lithium batteries escalates.  The article asks whether recycling will be able to catch up with the booming battery sector.   From ABRI’s point of view, the answer is yes, and the proposed Battery Stewardship Council model lays the foundation to ensure Australia is ready for the boom.

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BATTERY STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The Battery Stewardship Council launches a new website.  There you will find information about the Council, about the importance of battery stewardship along with documents about the proposed design for the Battery Stewardship Scheme.

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ICBR 2019

ICBR 2019, the 24th International Congress for Battery Recycling, the only international conference dedicated to the battery and battery end of life industry ecosystem is holding its 24th edition in Lyon, France, September 18 – 20, 2019.  

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FORBES' REPORT ON VOLVO CARS REACHES KEY BATTERY DEAL WITH LG CHEM AND CATL OF CHINA

Greg Gardner reports on Volvo’s deal to lock in supply of lithium-ion batteries for its next generation vehicles.

 

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NEW COATING COULD HAVE BIG IMPLICATIONS FOR LITHIUM BATTERIES

Scientists in the US have developed a new cathode coating by using an oxidative chemical vapor deposition technique.  The new approach is said to add an extra layer of protection to deliver improved safety.

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