Conference Chair Insights – Week One Wrap Up

20 August 2020

Despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19, delegates from more than 12 countries are participating in the first Lithium and Battery Metals Digital Conference on 18-19 August, organised by AusIMM and Murdoch University.

The keynote speakers of Sessions 1 and 2 presented the latest information on the current and future market of lithium and battery metals and explored the investment, economics and risk relevant to Australia and the world.

Lithium batteries will be the dominant source of energy for electric cars and commercial vehicles and will go hand in hand with renewable green energy technologies which will assist a cleaner climate. Australia is the logical place to look for battery minerals as we have all the resources (lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, zinc, cadmium, lead, aluminium, vanadium and graphite) needed for battery manufacturing. Future Batteries Industries Cooperative Research Centre and the West Australian Government are keen to support innovative research and battery manufacturing options to promote employment opportunities and add value to the economy. The West Australian Government, MRIWA, CSIRO and ANSTO, have partnered with Universities and Mining and Recycling Industry to explore and develop resources and new technologies to facilitate the production of refined commodities and precursors for battery manufacturing.

The speakers in Sessions 1 and 2 included Janine Herzig (President, AusIMM), Professor Eeva Leinonen (Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University), the Hon Bill Johnston MLA (Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy and Industrial Relations), Prof Ray Wills (Future Smart Batteries ), Andrew Mackenzie (Envirostream), Dr Chris Vernon (CSIRO), Paul Bloxham (HSBC), Jeffrey Haworth (DMIRS) and Ashley Brown (KPMG). The sessions were chaired and moderated by Dr Stephen Grocott (Pure Minerals), Dr Keith Barnard (CSIRO), Dr Adrian Griffin (Lithium Australia) and Dr Gamini Senanayake (Murdoch University). The delegates engaged in live Q&A, creating exciting and interactive panel discussions.

The next session (Session 3 – 25 August) will focus on Battery Minerals and Brines, Exploration, Geology and Mineralogy, Metallurgical Processing, Environmental Safety and Recycling. The final session (Session 4 – 26 August) will conclude with Challenges for Batteries, Capacitors, Energy Storage and Data Science. All the presentations can be accessed by delegates via the conference website following the conference.

It’s not too late to register and we also offer discounted group rates. Register now.

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