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ABRI October 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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DON'T MISS OUT! BSC PRESENTS AUSTRALIAN BATTERY MARKET ANALYSIS ON NOV 13TH

Come along to hear the latest projections about battery imports, waste battery collection recovery rates as well as the new analysis on the economics of the battery recycling industry. BSC has engaged Envisage Works in partnership with Randell Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd, Sustainable Resource Use Pty Ltd, and Marsden Jacob Associates to undertake a battery flows and market analysis of all battery consumption, use, and end-of-life; with forecasts out to 2035. Speakers will present an overview of the quantitative flows of batteries through the Australian economy, identify the economic characteristics of the battery recycling sector, and discuss the implications for Battery Stewardship in Australia.

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LITHIUM AUSTRALIA INCREASES PUSH INTO BATTERY RECYCLING WITH PROPOSED ENVIROSTREAM ASX-LISTING

Lithium Australia’s plans to give people the opportunity to invest individually in each of its business units including the integrated lithium-ion battery recycling segment.

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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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MORE THAN LUCK: MAKING THE MOST OF OUR LITHIUM ENDOWMENT

Coming to the stage for the last session of any summit is a hard task, and after a packed day of speeches and panels at the National Manufacturing Summit, the job of Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, was no easier. His task? Wake Australia up to the potential of lithium.

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AUSTRALIA’S BAN ON EXPORT OF RECYCLABLES COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS EARLY AS NEXT YEAR

The Federal government anticipates that a ban on the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres could be implemented from as early as next year. The details behind this policy statement are yet to be released, but ABRI members are very interested to understand the practicalities and how it might play out for other products such as batteries. The transition to a circular economy within Australia will take time, especially for emerging chemistries where the market in Australia is not yet fully developed. Support for research and development in efficient onshore processing capacity, innovation, and circular economy manufacturing models will be essential parts of any such strategy.

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ALBANESE IDENTIFIES THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH INTO BATTERY MANUFACTURING

The opposition leader used his first major policy speech to declare: “The road to a low-carbon future can be paved with hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs, as well as supporting traditional jobs, including coal mining.” This included highlighting the value of battery manufacturing for deriving on green jobs in Australia.

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ROYALTY ARRANGEMENT TO DRIVE LITHIUM MANUFACTURING

A new royalty arrangement could see the flourishing of a new field of manufacturing in Western Australia.

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BATTERY SECTOR A ROLLERCOASTER WITH MORE HIGHS THAN LOWS

With so many modern products including a battery, it means more business for recyclers. But it’s becoming more urgent for them to update their business model and only real innovators will stay ahead of the curve.

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BUTTON BATTERY HAZARD – SIZE DOES MATTER!

A few questions have been raised on the actual danger posed by small and medium button batteries. Some misconceptions have been circulating about how dangerous they are; how the body responds; and the type of treatment needed if ingested or inserted.

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POSITIVE NEW STANDARD FOR BATTERY STORAGE SECTOR

A gap in safety guidance for the battery storage sector has been filled with the publication of AS/NZS 5139:2019, Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

 

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SHORT CIRCUITING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

In the US, fire and health risks from lithium-ion batteries are accelerating in waste recycling operations worldwide at a near runaway rate. The California Product Stewardship Council identifies preventative measures, but there is no doubt that a dedicated battery stewardship scheme in Australia will play a crucial role in reducing these risks. A dedicated system of accredited collection points, collection services and onshore recycling facilities will rapidly see the evolution of the industry and improvements in best practice.

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A NEW CONCEPT COULD MAKE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BATTERIES POSSIBLE

Using aluminium battery technology could offer several advantages, including a high theoretical energy density, and the fact that there already exists an established industry for its manufacturing

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SCIENTISTS PINPOINT CAUSE OF HARMFUL DENDRITES AND WHISKERS IN LITHIUM BATTERIES

Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth of needle-like structures—known as dendrites and whiskers—that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire.

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CALCIUM BATTERIES: NEW ELECTROLYTES, ENHANCED PROPERTIES

KIT and Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) are developing for the first time electrolytes for calcium batteries, with useful properties at room temperature.

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PRESS RELEASE: THE NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY 2019

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 rewards the development of the lithium-ion battery. This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.

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APPROVAL GRANTED FOR TWO NEW SMART ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR URBAN TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

Brisbane, Australia-based company e-Motion Concepts Pty Ltd (eMC) has announced it has received approval for two smart electric vehicles for urban transportation solutions.

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GERMAN BATTERY MANUFACTURER COMMITS TO SA

The future of battery manufacturing in Australia has gotten a little brighter with the announcement of Germany battery company sonnen being awarded the Australian Made badge and recognition as a manufacturer of South Australian products, by the Office of the Industry Advocate.

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SA STEPS UP BATTERY MANUFACTURE

Multinational battery manufacturer Alpha-ESS has increased its production in South Australia, with the aim to double its production by 2020.

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LME TO LAUNCH LITHIUM COMMITTEE INCLUDING TESLA, ALBEMARLE

The London Metal Exchange is planning to create a committee to represent the interests of producers and users of lithium, a key component in electric car batteries, it said on Tuesday.

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