The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) has been formed by a group of battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers, government bodies and environment groups to promote the collection, recycling and safe disposal of all batteries.
ABRI’s role includes research, advocacy, education and stakeholder engagement to promote safe and environmentally responsible recycling of all batteries at end of life….More >
Bosch has announced a partnership with BMW and Vattenfall, called the Second Life Batteries Alliance, to develop a large scale energy storage system in Germany. BMW will supply more than 100 second hand lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries from its ActiveE and i3 electric vehicles. Vattenfall will operate the Hamburg storage system, and Bosch will be in charge of integrating the batteries and managing the set-up.
An article in Energy Storage Report provides more analysis of the trend to reuse car batteries for energy storage. It refers to a report by academics in California, which suggests that reusing batteries could make electric vehicles cheaper. To understand this opportunity more data is required on battery life performance in first and second hand applications.
According to Toyota, their European business has already achieved an average collection rate for used hybrid vehicle batteries of 91%, but wants to increase this to 100%.
Toyota Motor Europe (TME) takes back used batteries through its own dealers as well as authorised end-of-life vehicle handlers. Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries used in the Prius, Auris hybrid, Yaris hybrid and all Lexus hybrids are recycled by SNAM in France. Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries from the Prius+ and Prius plug-in hybrid models are recycled by Umicore in Belgium.
In addition to recycling, TME has also started to investigate the remanufacture of NiMH batteries for a second life, for example to store surplus renewable energy.
The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will take place on June 3rd and 4th 2015 at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney. The exhibition will focus on energy storage industry at all levels – for utilities, energy businesses, building management and the emerging electric vehicle markets.
Complementing the exhibition will be the Australian Energy Storage Conference, featuring over 40 speakers. The conference program will address how energy storage is shaping our world, at the grid and off-grid levels, for our transport infrastructure and in our homes and commercial buildings. For registrations click here.
On the second day of the conference ABRI will host a panel discussion on battery recycling. Panellists will include Helen Lewis (ABRI), Will LeMessurier (MRI), Andy Jackson (Lex Enviro Services) and Dr Anand Bhatt (CSIRO).
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