BATCircle recently had the pleasure of taking part in the International Battery Recycling Conference (ICBR2019) held in Lyon, France. The two-day event brought together over 330 participants from across the globe including industrial collectors, processors and policymakers with the common aim of sharing best practice in the area of battery recycling for future sustainability.
The first BATCircle Seminar was held on 3 September 2019 in Pori, Finland. The presentations and agenda are available here. The topic of the Seminar was the development of a Finnish battery metals value chain. A wide variety of participants joined from Finnish and European companies from the mining, metals refining, chemical and recycling industries as well as Finnish research groups involved with battery related research.
The workshop was in order to plan the strategy for future battery raw materials and recycling research and development in EU.
I had the honor of being a delegate in the official ministerial delegation of Finland (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment) in the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and the fourth Mission Innovation (MI4) Ministerial on May 27th-29th 2019 in Vancouver.
Members of prof. Mari Lundström’s Hydromet research group recently attended the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF 2019) that was held in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki from 3rd to 4th June as part of a joint initiative between Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH) and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).
The production of lithium ion batteries is quickly growing due to their use in electrical vehicles and consumer electronics. This trend necessitates a large increase in raw materials production, such as Ni, Co, Li and Mn, in the coming years.