Energy storage batteries
Energy storage technologies are becoming more viable in Australia. They are being used to support existing electricity markets, improve the stability of the grid as it becomes more dependent on renewable energy, provide for the needs of remote communities, and meet the private needs of residential and commercial customers.
The most common energy storage technology at present is a lead acid battery. Other technologies include lithium ion, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and sodium nickel chloride batteries.
ABRI is working with the Clean Energy Council (CEC) to promote recycling of energy storage batteries at the end of their life. CEC’s Energy storage roadmap includes a commitment to product stewardship, stating that ‘Appropriate arrangements for the safe disposal or recycling of end-of-life systems (product stewardship) are a vital part of maintaining community support and industry integrity.’
One of the first outcomes of ABRI’s collaboration with CEC is a brochure on Responsible recycling of energy storage batteries.
Work is underway on transport requirements for batteries and infrastructure gaps for recycling lithium ion batteries.
The transport of used batteries is governed by hazardous waste and dangerous goods regulations.
The Clean Energy Council has published a series of documents on energy storage battery safety including:
– a technical report
– a consumer guide
– frequently asked questions.
The following ABRI members provide a collection and recycling service for used energy storage batteries. Contact the company or check their web site for details.