|06 August 2024
|07 August 2024
Battery Announcement 2024 11122023b.pdf
Battery Materials Sponsorship Prospectus 11122023b.pdf
THE ARENA, EMNOTWENI CASINO, MBOMBELA,
The intensified search over the past decade for alternatives to fossil fuels as sources of energy, has led to the development of a number of renewable energy technologies. A major issue with renewable energy sources is its intermittency which requires energy storage. This requirement has led to an exponential growth in the demand for batteries and research into battery technologies. The largest application by far has been in transportation, followed by the balancing of electrical distribution grids.
Of the raw materials required for battery manufacture, metals such as cobalt, manganese, vanadium and to a lesser extent nickel are concentrated in southern Africa. The supply of lithium, on the other hand, is mainly concentrated in Australia, Chile and Argentina with only Zimbabwe boasting significant resources in Africa.
These activities have created both opportunities and challenges. Opportunities such as new value chains for the associated raw materials, with several production companies with battery-material metals in their plant feedstocks undertaking research towards producing battery-grade products.
Challenges such as the means for recycling these batteries once they reach the end of their (first) life.
The aim of this conference is to provide the opportunity for thought leaders in the global battery value chain to exchange ideas on recent developments in the fields of:
The Conference is being organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and individuals are invited to submit papers or presentations for the Conference. Titles and short abstracts (no more than 500 words) using the templates on the SAIMM website on any relevant subject should be submitted in English to:
Head of Conferencing, Camielah Jardine
Enquiries may be made at:
Tel: +27 011 538-0238
Papers will be peer reviewed and published in a conference proceeding which will be available at the conference. Selected papers could be published in the SAIMM Journal, subject to the journal review process.
1 March 2024- Submission of abstracts
3 April 2024- Acceptance of abstracts
4 May 2024- Submission of papers
6-7 August 2024- Conference
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Camielah Jardine: Head of Conferencing
Tel: +27 11 538-0237