The Italian Workshop on Energy Storage (IWES) will be hosted in Rome at the Sapienza University for its third edition, and will take place between 7 and 9 February 2024.

The event aims at providing a dynamic platform to connect scientists and engineers for sharing research achievements and prospects in the battery community, from both public institutions and private companies. The three-day program will feature selected presentations covering current trends and topics in the field of energy storage systems, with a special focus on operando techniques.

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RHINOCEROS projects at the 3rd edition IWES

Partners of University of Sapienza (UoS) will be representing the RHINOCEROS project at IWES 2024. Based on the results obtained by UoS, researchers have prepared a scientific poster which will be displayed throughout the entire event: “Electrochemical extraction of Lithium from end-of-life Li-ion batteries as a possible strategy for LiOH recovery”.

On November 21st from 9h to 13.30h, AMI2030 & EMIRI are organising a workshop on sustainable materials in San Sebastian (Spain).

During this workshop, specific case studies focusing on the circularity aspect of materials research and innovation will be presented. In the framework of the Spanish presidency of the European Council, Spanish regional actors from the Basque Country such as Tekniker, Tecnalia, Azterlan, CIDETEC, CIC energiGUNE and Naturklima will be invited to showcase their activities and projects in this field. This will all be linked with the work that has been conducted by the AMI2030 initiative, anticipating the IM4EU partnership. The safe and sustainable by design approach will be also covered together with a presentation of the IRISS network.

Starting with 11:25, you will have the opportunity to learn more information about RHINOCEROS, when the project coordinator, Álvaro Manjón Fernández (TECNALIA), will deliver a presentation on “Recycling and recovery of critical materials”.

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OİB (Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association, Türkiye), OSD (Automotive Manufacturers Association, Türkiye), TAYSAD (Automotive Suppliers Association, Türkiye) and OTEP (Automotive Technology Platform, Türkiye) have teamed up to organize the 8th IAEC- International Automotive Engineering Conference, IAEC’23 will be held by live attendance in Bekir Okan Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi Istanbul / Türkiye on 2nd and 3rd of November 2023 in cooperation with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).

  • Automotive Industry, as one of Türkiye’s leading industries with remarkable impact on the economy, is targeting to;
  • Develop engineering, R&D and innovation capability
  • Foster cooperation between universities and the industry,
  • Encourage the utilization of alternative resources through engineering companies at national and international level, to increase product development and innovation capability.

The educational and developmental output that run parallel to the aforementioned needs are necessary for both research and engineering teams. Based on this purpose and necessity, IAEC is planning to guide R&D and engineering output in the industry, perception management, and information-sharing.

The main theme of the conference will be latest developments in automotive industry with a focus on “Electric Vehicle & Alternative Fuel Technologies”, “Decarbonisation of Industry”, “Autonomous Vehicles”, ‘’Cyber Security & Connectivity in Automotive’’, ‘’Smart-Manufacturing Technologies’’ and “Circular Economy’’ .

Partner in the RHINOCEROS project, FORD will be presenting their work on 3 November, during the panel titled “Circular Economy”.

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The Cluster Hub “Production of raw materials for batteries from European resources” is a knowledge exchange ecosystem, where partners involved in different European projects (private companies, support organisations, experts, universities and research institutes) can identify and discuss common topics related to their projects, and to the production of materials for batteries, as well as synergies that can foster innovations in this field.

The initiative to establish a permanent clustering hub appeared first in November 2022, during the 7th edition of the Raw Materials Week, when eight EU-funded projects gathered together for the workshop with the same name: “Production of raw materials for batteries from European sources”. Encouraged by a first successful event, and echoed by the stakeholders’ vivid interest for collaboration, the European Commission welcomed with enthusiasm the proposal to establish a permanent Clustering Hub.

This year’s annual meeting will allow all representatives – counting today no less than 12 projects, to share the preliminary results of their work, address the remaining challenges that all EU initiatives face, and interact with external stakeholders actively interested in the issues and opportunities raised by these projects.

The Cluster Hub’s annual workshop is a satellite event organised within the Raw Materials Week 2023, and it will take place in hybrid format, on 16 November 2023. 

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ECS is pleased to return to Europe for its first biannual meeting there in over 10 years! Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, has held the #1 ranking on the Global Destination Sustainability Index since 2016. This commitment to compassionate science and a sustainable future helps make Gothenburg a very attractive destination for all attendees. As the meeting takes place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers Hotel, participants are well positioned to enjoy the city’s many delights!

The 244th ECS Meeting brings together the most active researchers in academia, government, and industry—professionals and students—to engage, discuss, and innovate in the areas of electrochemistry and solid state science and related technologies. This is the premier destination for industry professionals to experience five days of learning, technical presentations, business development, and networking opportunities.

The event will take place between 8 and 12 October 2023.

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Meet the RHINOCEROS project at ECS 2023

On 9 October, in an additional session titled “Transforming Metal-Containing Secondary Resources into Functional Materials for Electrochemical Energy Applications”, you will have the occasion to delve deeper into GDEx  with its inventor, Dr. Xochitl Dominguez Benetton – senior scientist at VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. (VITO). Dr. Dominguez Benetton will provide a comprehensive overview of the electrochemical reduction of gases, and present various advantages of this novel process that addresses pressing  issues, such as waste management and resource preservation.

Learn more about GDEx on the reference website and in our previously published article.

The RESPECT project is already in its first year of development, and to celebrate this important corner stone, they organise a launch event. It is time to introduce the project and discover how the RESPECT project is going to drive a positive change and accelerate the transition towards a cleaner, more sustainable world.

The event will take place online on the 5th of October from 09:00 to 12:25 CEST.

In the framework of the launch event, Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) is going to provide a workshop: „Sharing the best practices and common expertise to improve EU-funded R&I projects efficiency and dissemination results“. Including 2 fruitful Panel Discussions:

  1. „Lessons learned from other clusters“ (Collabat, Solid4B (waiting for confirmation) and Battery heroes)
  2. “Clustering activities for the projects on Sustainable, safe and efficient recycling processes?” (RESPECT, FREE4LIB, RHINOCEROS (waiting for confirmation))

The 3 Panel discussion “How do R&D projects support the creation of the EU battery value chain and the implementation of the new legislative requirements?” will cover several aspects related to the implementation of Battery Regulation.

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Project description:

RESPECT project proposes a logistical chain of disruptive, flexible, sustainable and versatile recycling processes that consider the safety aspects of battery opening and deactivation, and utilizes hydrometallurgy or direct recycling, depending on the targeted LIBs to be treated, thereby supporting the next generation of battery materials development.

The vision of the RESPECT project is to contribute to paving the way for increasing global competitiveness, strategic autonomy and circularity of the European battery ecosystem by developing innovative green recycling materials recovery processes, and thus supporting the growing Li-ion battery manufacturing in Europe.

The 2023 edition of the Raw Materials Week takes place in Brussels, 13-17 November 2023. It will centre around the European Critical Raw Materials Act and include the 10th annual High-Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials, co-organised with Eumicon, on 15 November.

Registrations will open in September 2023.

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Previous Raw Materials Weeks

With an unprecedented success in 2022, counting on the participation of over 1500 participants, the Shifting Economy Week returns in 2023, scheduled to take place between 17 and 23 November.

Similar to the previous edition, the week will gather various stakeholders from Brussels region engaged in fostering the development of an economy capable of tackling the current environmental and social challenges.

New format, new activities expected for this third edition of the Shifting Economy Week. The event will span over five days:

  • 17/11: Entrepreneurship day – in partnership with UCM, UNIWO and BECI
  • 20/11: Retail and sustainable alimentation
  • 21/11: Circular economy
  • 22/11: Social and democratic entrepreneurship
  • 23/11: Closing

RHINOCEROS participation at Shifting Economy 2023

During the third day, dedicated to Circular economy, our project partner Watt4Ever (W4E) will organise an open-doors event providing participants with the possibility to pay a visit to their premises. The visit will be followed by a detailed presentation of the RHINOCEROS project, where W4E are conducting the EoL batteries characterisation analysis, co-planning processes for automated LIBs sorting and dismantling, and supporting the broad sustainability assessment.

Learn more about their activity within the RHINOCEROS project in the following article: Acceptance criteria and guidelines for 2nd life prone LiBs – Rhinoceros project (

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The 43rd Meeting of the Specialised Electrochemistry Group of Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) will take place in Ciudad Real (ESP) between 3 and 5 July 2023.

The RHINOCEROS project will be featured in the presentation “Transforming strategic metals from secondary resources into functional materials for electrochemical energy technologies”, delivered by the VITO’s GDEx team.

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The 36th International Exhibition for Fine and Speciality Chemicals will take place from 24 – 25 May 2023, at Messe Basel, Switzerland.

The exhibition features the full spectrum of fine and speciality chemicals for various applications and industries. A first-rate conference programme accompanies the event and offers plenty of additional networking opportunities to exchange industry know-how and form international relations with peers and business partners.

Chemspec Europe exhibitors are manufacturers, distributors, regulators, equipment suppliers, raw materials suppliers, traders, agents, and consultants offering a diversified range of products, services and equipment.

Visitors attending Chemspec Europe are corporate managers, production / process managers, R&D managers, product designers, procurement managers, technical managers, chemists, and consultants from a wide range of industries, including, among others: electronics, green chemistry, R&D etc.

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