Lithium Batteries Conference – Sydney, Australia


IDC Technologies hosted the inaugural Lithium Batteries Conference in Sydney, Australia on the 24th & 25th May 2016.  This event was created for anyone with an interest in solar, electric vehicles, distributed energy storage, dangerous goods safety, mining, battery recycling and technology advancements in relation to lithium batteries.

The conference featured sixteen presentations from industry professionals who came from various technical backgrounds. The presenters represented a range of companies such as; IATA, Lithium Battery Systems, MRI e-cycle solutions, AECOM, Dakota Minerals and more.

Some of the presentations from the conference were entitled:

  • Lithium Batteries – Past, Present and Future
  • Lithium Battery Management Systems (BMS) – Electric Vehicles vs Recreational Vehicles
  • Lithium Technology: Overview and as a Replacement for Sealed Lead Acid
  • WA Mine Site Case Study – PV/Battery/Diesel Off-Grid System using Lithium Batteries (6MW/1.81MWh)
  • Battery Recycling – End of Life and End of First Use
  • Advanced Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Smart Energy Management Opportunities Utilising Li-ion Battery Technology
  • Ultra High Power Lithium Opens the way to Increase Efficiency of Power Plants and Reduce Emissions
  • Reconfigurable Utility-Scale Lithium Battery Energy Storage System
  • Battery Storage for Recreational Vehicles – Why Lithium is the Next Big Thing
  • Update on the Regulations Applicable to Air Transport of Lithium Batteries
  • Unearthing Off-Grid and On-Grid Battery Energy Storage
  • Making Global Lithium Supply Ubiquitous – New Paradigms in Lithium Exploration to Prevent Lithium Becoming the Next “Oil”

All topics presented, although varied, were extremely interesting due to a burgeoning battery industry that is changing at a rapid rate. We were fortunate to have an outstanding combination of professional expertise and industry knowledge at the event with all delegates enthusiastic about the subject and willing to ask questions and be interactive with our speakers.

IDC Technologies would like to make a special mention of the conference keynote speakers David Brennan from the IATA and Simon Chan from Radlink Communications. Simon’s interactive workshop titled Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) Batteries – The “Safe Lithium” was voted the most valuable presentation at the conference.

Adrian Griffin of Lithium Australia (LIT) was also highly rated by delegates with his paper on Sources and Availability of Materials for Lithium Batteries. Chris Reed from Neometals in Perth also received accolades for his presentation covering The Lithium Rechargeable Battery Supply Chain. 

Here’s what attendee Elizabeth from the Water Corporation had to say about the conference “I would like to express my deepest gratitude for giving me the opportunity to attend the Lithium Batteries conference in Sydney. It was an invaluable experience for me, both as an aspiring professional and for my academic purposes. I would also like to commend IDC for what I thought was an informative and very well-run conference. I think I almost learnt more in two days than I have done in a 6 month period working on my project!”.

A big thank you to the sponsors of the event: IATARadlink Communications, and our media sponsor Energy Generation Magazine.

If you would like to be involved in future events please contact IDC Technologies to express your interest. For full details on topics and speakers, or to purchase all the technical Papers and PowerPoints from the conference, please email


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