A Look at the Global Battery Alliance Report “A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030” with HSSMI Experts Alberto Minguela and Robin Foster
Last week, at the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit during the UN Week, world leaders were presented with the outcomes of the Global Battery Alliance report “A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030”. The report, commissioned by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) – a public-private partnership led by the World Economic Forum – and led by McKinsey & Company, with support from SYSTEMIQ, presents a simple yet profound vision of a circular, responsible and just battery value chain that gets us all closer to the 2˚C limit under the Paris Agreement. Moreover, it stipulates that battery technology will enable a 30% reduction of emissions in the transport and power sectors by 2030.
In light of this, I sat down with HSSMI experts Robin Foster (Solution Lead for Batteries) and Alberto Minguela (Technical Lead for Circular Economy and project leader for the Innovate UK funded project VALUABLE, which focuses on the second-life of automotive Li-ion batteries) to discuss their thoughts on the report, the current state of batteries in the UK and where we can go from here. As such, the views expressed in this interview are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of HSSMI as a business.
Tevva’s (a partner in the VALUABLE project) innovative range of technologies have been installed in 15 medium duty commercial vehicles operated by global logistics giant, UPS. You can find below, an infographic and can follow this link to the case study and video page.
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Recently, I attended Faraday cohort event on behalf of the VALUABLE project as Lead Project Manager (LPM). It was organised by the Faraday Institution (FI) at the National Motorcycle Museum. The FI brought together all the projects awarded a grant part of the national effort to lead the charge on UK’s electrification.
Our Recent Visit to Aspire Engineering and MCT Reman, two circular economy companies remanufacturing vehicle engines and batteries for second use applications. The high quality of the remanufacturing means that these companies put recycled products back on the market, which have the same warranty as a new part. The environmental footprint of a vehicle is significantly reduced when it can utilise second-use - remanufactured parts. For batteries the impact is even greater, with significant environmental savings created from not having to mine for more raw materials. Below are a few pictures from our site visit.