Battery industry innovator Huibert van Deutekom (84) recently won the inaugural Honorary Award at the annual International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) in Lyon, France.
The prize celebrates Van Deutekom’s many accomplishments in the worldwide battery sector. A major milestone includes inventing the Ni-MH battery technology, after which the Dutch entrepreneur developed various solutions for the battery recycling industry. The industry veteran also provides training on the safe handling of lithium-ion batteries.
Moreover, Van Deutekom recently obtained patents for developing fire extinguishing equipment for lithium battery fires together with Johan van Peperzeel.
‘Huibert 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,’ said Jean-Pol Wiaux, ICBR steering committee chairman, at the award ceremony in Lyon last month.
‘I am most thankful to the entire battery community,’ said Van Deutekom upon accepting the unexpected accolade in front of 320 conference delegates. He was moved to tears, telling the audience: ‘It has been a great honour for me to work with you. And if you’re wondering how I feel right now, with this prize in my hand, I can tell you: I feel as if I were on top of Mount Everest.’
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