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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Private investment affiliate buys troubled lead-acid battery firm Exide Technologies in bankruptcy auction

An auction for lead-acid battery firm Exide Technologies’ Americas business closed last week with a winning proposal from an affiliate of US private investment firm Atlas Holdings. 


Battery technology firm Wirtz starts hunt for EMEA sales engineer

US battery equipment maker Wirtz Manufacturing has begun the hunt for regional sales engineer to enhance its customer support and sales functions in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Connected Energy to deploy second-life battery ESS for real-time energy use and research project

Second-life battery developer Connected Energy is set to install an energy storage system in the UK using 24 used Renault Kangoo electric vehicle battery packs.


Enersys unveils new thin plate 12V lead-acid batteries for small motive power applications

US firm Enersys has launched a series of smaller 12V lead-acid batteries for small traction motive power applications using its Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology.


Lead-acid battery smelter and government bodies found guilty of poisoning Kenyan villages

Image: the lead-acid battery smelter looms over the village it poisoned. Photo courtesy of Owino Uhuru resident Phyllis Omido

A court in Africa has found Indian-owned recycler Metal Refinery and a number of Kenya’s government bodies guilty of allowing contamination from a lead-acid battery smelter to poison villages. 


Lead batteries: conference debates future for battery energy storage in a post-pandemic world

The global lead battery conference ELBC will take place live and online from a dedicated studio for the first time this year after plans to hold the longstanding event in Milan, Italy, were shelved in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

100% green credentials sways BMW Group to sign $2B supply deal with Northvolt

Vehicle OEM BMW Group has signed a long-term supply contract worth €2 billion ($2.3 billion) to secure lithium-ion battery cells from the Swedish company Northvolt. 


UK lithium-ion gigafactory developer Britishvolt inks MoU with Welsh government

The UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory has moved a step closer to reality with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between manufacturer Britishvolt and the Welsh government.


Metals dealer sets up Singapore firm to invest in lead-acid battery recycling

A metals trader has set up a company to invest in recycling firms in emerging markets with a short-term emphasis on lead-acid batteries and a long-term focus on electric vehicles.


Oxis Energy to supply lithium-sulfur cells for Brazil's first fully electric commercial aircraft

British lithium-sulfur battery technology company, OXIS Energy and Texas Aircraft Manufacturing are developing a fully electric aircraft for pilot training and commercial flights in Brazil.