Hazchem Network at the University of Warwick

13 January 2015

Hazchem Network were asked to assist the Government’s TSB / Innovate Team [the Technology Strategy Board, now called Innovate UK] at The University of Warwick’s ABACUS Project, led by the University of Warwick - which is working with Battery Manufacturers, the Automotive Industry and associated stakeholders – as the march of technology is affecting newer, higher capacity electrolytic as well as Li-Ion batteries. Though there are implications for carriage, and the supply chain especially in the area of Hazardous Goods [under ADR] and the reverse logistics of defective returns. Existing legislation and safety protocols are evolving in line with technological innovation; so Ali Karim of the Hazchem Network [the UK’s only pallet network for the carriage of packed dangerous goods] was consulted to give background to the dangerous goods supply chain, and what requirements consignors of batteries [both ‘wet acid’ aka ‘electrolytic’ as well as Lithium-Ion] are required to consider, especially automotive batteries, including those appearing in Hybrid Auto-engines. 

Hazchem Network were joined by G & P Batteries, University  of Warwick and Jaguar Land Rover [JLR] to present at the Abacus Workshop on 12/1/2015 – giving the project team insight including practical experience on the issues that batteries present in terms of legislation and safety when inside the supply chain.

The innovAtive Business models and design Approaches for extending the in-serviCe battery life of fUture low carbon vehicleS [ABACUS]


·         Jaguar Land Rover Limited

·         G&P Batteries Limited [a division of Ecobat Industries]

·         Potenza Technology Limited

·         University of Warwick


The ABACUS project is directly aligned with the research challenge of preserving the value of products at end-of-life and keeping them in productive use for longer. The consortium is led by Jaguar Land Rover and includes G+P Batteries, Potenza Technology and the University of Warwick – WMG. The ABACUS project aims to achieve a waste stream reduction of 50%-70% through new business models and new innovative approaches to battery system design that (a) support the in-service life of the battery and (b) extend its productive life beyond first vehicle installation. The project will define the complete value chain for the battery. It will identify key breakpoints, for example when it is economical to service, test, recover, remanufacture and redeploy the battery. The project will address the strategic need for accurate and easily obtained data for driving commercial decisions that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable. For the first time, strategic circular economy principles such as prevention, modularity, re-purposing and re-manufacture will be embedded with traditional automotive targets for reduced product cost, weight and volume.

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Top Photo : Angela Clarke of University of Warwick leading the Abacus Project