|Date||24 August 2022|
|-||25 August 2022|
|Location||Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg|
|Resources||Battery Materials Announcement and CFP 31092021.pdf|
The intensified search over the past decade for alternatives to fossil-fuels as stores of energy 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 electrical distribution grids.
Of the raw materials required for battery manufacture, metals such as cobalt, manganese and vanadium are highly concentrated in southern Africa. The supply of lithium, on the other hand, is concentrated in Australia, Chile and Argentine.
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. And challenges such as the means for recycling these batteries once they reach the end of their (first) life.
AIM OF THE CONFERENCE
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:
FOCUS OF THE CONFERENCE
An even sharper focus can be provided by addressing the following questions and hypotheses:
CALL FOR PAPERS/ PRESENTATIONS
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) on any relevant subject should be submitted in English to: