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ABRI September 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.

 

September news contents

  1. ABRI Webinar: Implementing new packing instructions for road transport of mixed loads of batteries
  2. Recent fire in a recycling truck highlights the need for stewardship
  3. Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ – a message about supply chain disruption
  4. Latrobe City Council has knocked back plans from Chunxing to build a used lead acid battery recycling plant in Hazelwood North
  5. Tutorial: The dynamics of the EV battery end-of-life market
  6. WARR leader picks up industry advocacy honour
  7. Have you thought about becoming an ABRI member?
  8. Lithium now on ‘critical raw materials’ watch list
  9. Lithium battery recycling provides an important circular economy opportunity
  10. How dangerous are burning electric cars?
  11. Future Battery Forum Berlin 2020
  12. NTU Singapore scientists use fruit peel to turn old batteries into new
  13. Closing the loop on li-ion battery recycling
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ABRI WEBINAR: IMPLEMENTING NEW PACKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ROAD TRANSPORT OF MIXED LOADS OF BATTERIES: ADG 7.7

A reminder ABRI is running a webinar on “Implementing new packing instructions for road transport of mixed loads of batteries: Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7 during October. The webinar will provide practical guidance on safe packing of mixed loads of batteries for road transport.  The webinar will be presented by ABRI’s Libby Chaplin and Debra Kirk from the National Transport Commission.

This four-hour webinar (plus 30 minute lunch) has been prepared by ABRI with input from the National Transport Commission and members of the Competent Authorities Panel to ensure that the information provided is consistent with the latest version of the ADG.  The Australian Dangerous Goods Code was updated to version 7.7 in July 2020 for implementation October 2020 with a 12-month transition period to follow.     

The webinar will cover road transport compliance and best practice guidance including topics such as:

  • General safety
  • Choosing a qualified recycler
  • Acceptable containers
  • Packing instructions
  • Placarding
  • Transport and waste approval documentation
  • Managed damaged and defective batteries
  • This to avoid

Who should attend?

This webinar will be relevant to those who are responsible for storage, packing or transport by road of mixed loads of batteries or anyone one interested in safe storage of batteries.

Webinar details

Cost: $95 for non-members or $75 for ABRI members

Optional Dates: The webinar will be delivered twice – Wednesday 21st and Monday 26th October, 2020

Times: 10:00am – 2:30pm (including a 30-minute break for lunch)

Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor this event, contact us on the link below

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RECENT FIRE IN A RECYCLING TRUCK HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR STEWARDSHIP

Recent fires in the general recycling collection system highlights the need for an effective stewardship scheme.  This example of a fire in Queensland’s southeast, after a hazardous battery was thrown into a recycling bin collected on August 24.

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TESLA’S ‘BATTERY DAY’ – A MESSAGE ABOUT SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION

Tesla, Inc.’s Battery Day is one of the most eagerly awaited events on the battery calendar. Viewers were expecting Elon Musk, CEO of the electric vehicle (‘EV’) producer, space enthusiast and advocate of sustainable energy, to announce a ‘million mile battery’ and an EV with autopilot for the masses. That wasn’t the case, so what did he say?

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LATROBE CITY COUNCIL HAS KNOCKED BACK PLANS FROM CHUNXING TO BUILD A USED LEAD ACID BATTERY RECYCLING PLANT IN HAZELWOOD NORTH

In a turn around, Latrobe City Council has rejected Chunxing’s application to build a highly contentious used lead acid battery recycling plant in Hazelwood North.

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TUTORIAL: THE DYNAMICS OF THE EV BATTERY END-OF-LIFE MARKET

This tutorial offers information on how EV batteries are used, traded and processed over the world.

Date: Thursday 22 October 2020

Time: 3.00PM – 6.00PM (BST), (16.00-19.00 CET, 10.00AM – 1.00PM EDT)

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WARR LEADER PICKS UP INDUSTRY ADVOCACY HONOUR

The 2020 Woman in Industry Awards Industry Advocacy prize has been awarded to National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) CEO, Rose Read.

Read was cited for her work in the waste management and resource recovery sector over several decades, where she has held significant leadership roles. These include director and co-founder of Ewaste Watch Institute and is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Sustainable Futures.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT BECOMING AN ABRI MEMBER?

ABRI members are actively involved at the forefront of developments in industry and government to address the rapid expansion in the market and ensure that solutions to battery stewardship are practical and far reaching. Together, we influence policy, participate in research, facilitate trials and develop best practices to ensure that battery handling and recovery options are safe, efficient and business friendly. Our members represent the entire supply chain – importers, retailers, energy providers, recyclers, as well as government and research. We rely on member support to provide the latest information, events, best practices and industry trends. If your organisation finds these activities relevant, now is a good time to become involved.

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LITHIUM NOW ON ‘CRITICAL RAW MATERIALS’ WATCH LIST

The European Commission has added bauxite, lithium, titanium and strontium to its list of critical raw materials.

The 2020 list contains 30 materials as compared to 14 in 2011. It is said that nickel will be ‘monitored closely’ in light of a surge in demand for battery raw materials. More details are given in the new report “Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability”.

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LITHIUM BATTERY RECYCLING PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT CIRCULAR ECONOMY OPPORTUNITY

Batteries are being deployed at full speed across all segments of the consumer and industrial markets. To get a perspective on the big picture for battery footprint, Generations spoke with Hans Eric Melin, Managing Director of Circular Energy Storage, a London-based lithium-ion battery lifecycle consultancy.

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HOW DANGEROUS ARE BURNING ELECTRIC CARS?

What happens if an electric car burns in a road tunnel or an underground car park? In the Hagerbach test tunnel in Switzerland, researchers and tunnel safety experts set fire to battery cells of electric cars, analysed the distribution of soot and smoke gases and the chemical residues in the extinguishing water.

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FUTURE BATTERY FORUM BERLIN 2020 - DECEMBER 10-11, 2020

BATTERY TECHNOLOGIES 2025: BUILDING CAPACITIES TOGETHER

Due to high security measures, a limited number of 280 participants and a detailed hygiene concept, this event will continue as planned on December 10-11, 2020.

The management conference will bring together the entire value system of battery technologies: 280 users, battery system & cell manufacturers and their suppliers will spend two days exchanging information, making new contacts and discussing how the industrial ramp-up with a high market share of battery-driven solutions in Europe can be achieved. The event is rounded off by the innovation exhibition with 30 inspiring showcases as a networking and break-out area.

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NTU SINGAPORE SCIENTISTS USE FRUIT PEEL TO TURN OLD BATTERIES INTO NEW

Scientists led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a novel method of using fruit peel waste to extract and reuse precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries in order to create new batteries.

The team demonstrated their concept using orange peel, which recovered precious metals from battery waste efficiently. They then made functional batteries from these recovered metals, creating minimal waste in the process.

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CLOSING THE LOOP ON LI-ION BATTERY RECYCLING

Renewable energy, electric vehicles, personal electronics and handheld power tools all have something in common: lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. To meet the increasing demand for these portable powerhouses, Tesla opened its first battery “gigafactory” in 2016, and several more have popped up around the globe since then. Roughly a million electric vehicles (EVs) were produced in 2017; by the end of this decade, another 30 million are likely to be on the road, turning the EV industry into the largest consumer of lithium and cobalt.

The proliferation of EVs and other energy storage systems is expected to cause a sharp increase in the demand for lithium and other elements used in Li-ion batteries, which creates two problems. First, much of the critical material is imported from countries with questionable labor practices, loose environmental regulations and tenuous relationships with the U.S. Second, the batteries contain toxic and flammable chemicals that require proper handling throughout the entire battery life cycle, including the end-of-life stage.

The good news is that each of the above problems is, in fact, the solution to the other.

 

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TUTORIAL: THE DYNAMICS OF THE EV BATTERY END-OF-LIFE MARKET

EV batteries will have much longer lives than previously expected and they will end up all over the world, no matter where they first were placed on the market. That’s the essence of new research Circular Energy Storage Research and Consulting will share in their first virtual tutorial where they will also discuss different strategies to address this development.

Date: Thursday 22 October 2020

Time: 3.00PM – 6.00PM (BST), (AUST 23/10 at 12.00am-3.00am)

Place: Zoom

Price: £350 for the tutorial with proceedings

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