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ABRI September News

Keeping you up-to-date on battery news in Australia and around the world.

September news contents

  1. US EPA Report – Analysis of lithium-ion battery fires in waste management and recycling
  2. Car batteries go flat over Sydney COVID lockdown causing a 29% increase in battery replacements
  3. Policy levers to boost lithium ion battery recycling and address material uncertainty
  4. What role can lead-acid batteries play in the circular economy?
  5. An easy to read brochure on lithium-ion battery recycling
  6. Electric cars and batteries: how will the world produce enough?
  7. Scientists develop a stretchable sweat-powered battery for wearable tech
  8. Comparing the economics of lithium ion and lead acid batteries for large scale battery storage
  9. Become an ABRI member

Please get in touch with ABRI if you have global best practice examples of regulatory and/or policy initiatives to support sustainable and safe lithium ion battery recycling and reuse (secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au). ABRI’s focus at the moment is on collection, storage and transport of batteries of these batteries.

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1. US EPA REPORT - ANALYSIS OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERY FIRES IN WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING

This report from the EPA was written to explore the growing number of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in the waste management process. It looks at publicly available information on fires caused by improperly disposed of LIBs. It is not a complete data set but provides useful insights and is a starting point for better understanding emerging issues.

The picture it provides indicates that LIB fires are happening across the full spectrum of the waste management process, but MRFs (material recovery facilities in the US context) appear to have faced the most negative impacts. Of the facilities the EPA found to have experienced an LIB fire in the past seven years, 78% of MRFs have had to call emergency responders at least once, as opposed to 40% of landfills. Close to half (43%) of the MRFs that experienced fires have faced monetary impacts.

Among the cases the EPA compiled, MRFs also had the highest incidence of service disruption (39%).

The EPA notes that due to increased consumer adoption of portable electronics, LIBs will only continue to become more prevalent in the waste management process and incidents such as these could also increase. It notes that through increased collaboration between and action by consumers, industry, and regulators, approaches to safely managing these batteries could be evaluated and implemented.

LINK TO EPA REPORT
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2. CAR BATTERIES FLATTEN OVER SYDNEY COVID LOCKDOWN CAUSING A 29% INCREASE IN BATTERY REPLACEMENTS

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that although the current Sydney COVID lockdown has seen road traffic fall by as much as 50% compared to pre-COVID levels, this has not translated into the same fall in requests for roadside assistance.

There was only an 8% drop in calls for roadside assistance compared to the same period in 2020 and a 17.5% drop compared to 2019. Batteries topped the list of concerns for motorists followed by wheels and tyres, electrical faults, cooling systems and fuel systems. There was a 29% increase in motorists asking for assistance with batteries.

LINK TO ARTICLE
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3. POLICY LEVERS TO BOOST LITHIUM ION BATTERY RECYCLING AND ADDRESS MATERIAL UNCERTAINTY

This PV Magazine article focuses on policy lever options to boost recycling and reuse of lithium ion batteries.

LINK TO ARTICLE
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4. WHAT ROLE CAN LEAD-ACID BATTERIES PLAY IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

Essential Energy Everyday reports on an interview with Roger Misad, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Battery Council International about how lead batteries can contribute to a circular economy. He also discusses developments in lead battery technology.

ESSENTIAL ENERGY ARTICLE
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5. AN EASY TO READ BROCHURE ON LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING

Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University together with Battery LabFactory Braunschweig has released Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries. This is an easily readable document explaining the structure and functioning of the batteries, the risks involved in handling, the challenges of dismantling and automating them, and various technological approaches to battery recycling.

 

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6. ELECTRIC CARS AND BATTERIES: HOW WILL THE WORLD PRODUCE ENOUGH?

This Nature article looks at the need to recycle and reuse the scare metals in electric vehicle batteries in order to meet growing demand as car companies deliver on their commitments to stop producing petrol and diesel powered cars.

LINK TO NATURE ARTICLE
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7. SCIENTISTS DEVELOP A STRETCHABLE SWEAT POWERED BATTERY FOR WEARABLE TECH

For something different in battery industry developments, this Science Daily article looks at a battery technology not often visited – human perspiration.

LINK TO SCIENCE DAILY STORY
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8. COMPARING THE ECONOMICS OF LITHIUM ION AND LEAD ACID BATTERIES FOR LARGE SCALE BATTERY STORAGE

Battery technology comparison is always an area of interest. A research paper recently published in the Journal of Energy Storage compares the economic and technical performance of lead acid against lithium ion batteries when they are used in stationary energy storage systems. The analysis found that the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of lithium-ion batteries was 0.32 €/kWh compared to an LCOE of 0.34 €/kWh for lead acid batteries.

LINK TO ARTICLE
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9. BECOME AN ABRI MEMBER - THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Workshops – Presentations and policy discussions from leading industry players and research institutions

Policy and advocacy – working with governments on a national waste tracking system

News – member bulletins on key regulatory and other events, general bulletins on industry news

Collaboration with Australian Battery Industry Association on industry issues e.g. lithium ion battery safety

 

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