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

Glencore closes 50-year-old lead smelter in Canada for economic reasons

Glencore Canada Corporation will begin decommissioning its Brunswick lead smelter immediately and cease all operations at the Belledune, Canada, facility by the end of the year.

 

Lead battery recycling firm Campine has fine reduced for its part in price fixing cartel

Campine, the Belgian recycling firm penalised for its part in a scrap lead battery price fixing scandal in 2017, has had its fine reduced on appeal against the European Commission’s decision.

 

Battery recycler Doe Run responds to second lead contamination charge in 18 months

Lead battery recycling firm Doe Run Co. has been fined $1.2 million by Missouri regulators for ‘dozens’ of clean air violations over several years at its center in southeast Missouri.

 

Firm reveals plans for Africa’s first lithium-ion gigafactory to supply the energy storage and EV markets

With a raw battery materials supply to rival anywhere in the world, Africa seems the perfect place to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant, yet North America, Europe and Asia have been the locations of choice— until now.

 

Russian scientists develop potassium batteries as an alternative to lithium-ion

Researchers in Russia have developed potassium-based batteries that demonstrate high energy density in fast charge/discharge cycles.

 

EEStor and FWG merge to usurp lead-acid industry with doped-carbon battery alternative

Robert Murray-Smith

Canadian energy storage firm EEStor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) to merge with research firm FWG in a bid to commercialise an alternative to lead-acid batteries.

 

Battery materials firm hires lithium-ion expert to drive EV market penetration

Graphite One has appointed a lithium-ion battery expert as its new chief technology officer to lead the Canadian battery materials firm’s move into the electric vehicle market.

 

Telecoms firm goes with the flow and chooses off-grid zinc bromine for New Zealand project

The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) has chosen Redflow’s zinc-bromine flow batteries to store energy in off-grid telecommunication sites in remote locations in New Zealand.

 

Traditional Indonesian ceremony marks start of Entek's battery separator expansion plans in Asia

Lead and lithium-ion battery separators firm Entek International has broken ground on its Indonesian plant as the company and partner NSG expands capacity of battery separator production in the region.

 

UK firms to light up Africa with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Cells from solar lamps are to be reused to make batteries to power homes in Kenya following a partnership between lithium battery firm Aceleron and UK firm Total Access to Energy Solutions (TATES).

 

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