EXPERTS in lithium batteries gathered at ICC Sydney this week to tackle challenges and opportunities in the increasing use of “Li-ion” technology in electric cars and other equipment.
The 21st International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB 2022) saw more than a thousand delegates, including scientists and energy researchers, discussed ways in which the technology can help mitigate climate change and reduce the dependency on fossil fuels.
Conference organisers ICMS Australasia is managing the June 27-July 1 event, which is being hosted by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. The conference is also highlighting Australia’s resources strength in the minerals used in lithium battery technology.
Li-ion batteries are increasingly being used in electric-vehicle manufacture and energy storage. Along with their application as a clean-energy provider, with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there is also a demand for expertise as a market in recycling and disposal also grows.
Keynote speakers over a five-day program included Professor Alan Finkel, Special Advisor to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology and a former Chief Scientist.
A relaxed gala dinner was held at Luna Park with many of the guests not having attended a live in-person event for more than two years.
“It is particularly pleasing to see that while this is a hybrid meeting over two-thirds of delegates have chosen to attend IMLB 2022 in-person,” said Emma Bowyer, ICMS Australasia’s owner and managing director.
“It is particularly pleasing to see that while this is a hybrid meeting over two-thirds of delegates have chosen to attend IMLB 2022 in-person,” Bowyer said.
IMLB 2022 is also being supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Battery Society, NSW Government and Business Events Sydney.
BESydney chief executive Lyn Lewis-Smith said: “This is the first time this event has been held in Australia, providing a platform to demonstrate our research capabilities in the field of advanced lithium batteries and its solutions for energy storage and conversion.”
Main picture: Dr Adam Best, IMLB 2022 co-chair and Research Group Leader at CSIRO Manufacturing, addresses the conference