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Lithium batteries – the dangers and opportunities – a keynote presentation by Cawleys group at CARS

Alan Colledge from Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions, part of the Cawleys Group, will be giving a keynote talk on waste lithium batteries at the Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS) on 29th September.


Lithium batteries - the dangers and opportunities - a keynote presentation by Cawleys group at CARS p
Alan Colledge

Alan has been dealing with the disposal of automotive lithium batteries for ten years and has been at the forefront of the burgeoning lithium battery recycling industry. Alan is a true expert in his field and will be talking extensively on the dangers and opportunities when dealing with waste Industrial lithium batteries.

Already mandated in law, the UK is heading toward an electric future. As the volume of electric vehicles increases, the challenge of dealing with lithium battery waste will be an issue for the automotive industry, including those sectors established to handle end of life vehicles. It is well known that lithium batteries can be extremely dangerous, and they require specialist handling, storage and transportation. They also offer huge recycling and second life potential, and for EV to be a truly ‘better environmental option’, the spent batteries need to be included in a new circular economy.

Traditionally, petrol and diesel vehicles that reach the end of their use have dismantled scrap value and the various parts, including the battery, can be sold. The infrastructure to deal with an internal combustion car is well set up. Conversely, with electric vehicles, the lithium battery has presented the automotive industry with a recycling problem and extra cost as we are not as practised with the new materials they present.

Those who find themselves with an end-of-life electric vehicle will have to find a safe exit route for the lithium battery, including compliant storage, transport and disposal. As the market grows and develops, so too will the number of worn-out and crash damaged EVs as such, the requirement for lithium battery disposal will increase dramatically. With this in mind, those in the ATF industry should be considering this challenge right now. Lithium batteries can be very dangerous both electrically and being volatile when abused, with the potential to lead to intense fires, and the right expertise and caution is required from all stakeholders.

In his slot, Alan will explore these risks and the current appraisal on waste and recycling options that exist for automotive lithium batteries coming from hybrid and fully electric vehicles. He will touch on the importance of taking a sustainable approach to reclaiming back the valuable cells and elements that can be re-used in the production of new batteries.

He will also cover the dangers associated with the storage and transportation of Lithium Batteries as governed by the ADR regulations with the current options of containerising them safely for transport.

Some fire mitigating products are starting to come through, and Alan will be reviewing some that will play a particularly important role at ATF sites and with the emergency services.
With a wealth of knowledge and proven expertise, Alan has worked with many motor production household names, as well as cutting edge research and development facilities. Lithium Battery Recycling Solutions already has a superb reputation for delivering sustainable solutions in an emerging field and has worked closely with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), a Faraday initiative designed to keep Britain at the forefront of emerging industries such as lithium battery production.

To find out more about Cawleys Group, visit, if you are heading to CARS in September, head to Cawleys’ stand at J3.

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