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ICBR Honorary Award for Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom

ICBR Honorary Award for Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom
Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom being presented with the award

Premiere at the ICBR 2019: For the first time, the Steering Committee of the International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR has presented its Honorary Award. 

The prize-giving took place on Wednesday, September 18 at the ICBR 2019 Battery Recycling Congress in Lyon. 

The prize went to Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom, who invented the Ni-MH battery technology and also developed various processes and technologies for the battery recycling industry. 

Jean-Pol Wiaux, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the ICBR, at the award ceremony said: “The ICBR Honorary Award is presented for remarkable commitments and outstanding achievements in the battery recycling industry,” 

He added: “During his professional career, Huibert actively contributed to the development of battery technologies and recycling processes while considering both environmental and safety issues. He is undoubtedly a pioneer who deserves great respect. With his enormous knowledge, skills and never-ending curiosity, he has had a significant impact on the battery recycling industry.”

Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom owns patents on the development of Ni-MH batteries and has also been granted patents for the development of a recycling process for lithium metal batteries. Moreover, he recently obtained patents for developing fire extinguishing equipment for lithium battery fires. 

Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom felt greatly privileged to receive the ICBR Honorary Award. He said: “I am most thankful to our battery community,“ he said, visibly moved. “It has always been a great honour for me to work with you,” he said, addressing the over 320 congress participants. “And if you’re wondering how I feel right now, here at the ICBR with this prize in my hand, I can tell you: I feel as if I were on top of Mount Everest, enjoying the entire universe.“


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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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