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LIB disposal under fire after landfill blaze and ‘exploding e-cigs’

Fire chiefs in Scotland have issued a plea for responsible recycling after a lithium-ion battery was suspected of sparking a major blaze at a landfill site in Dunbar.

Engitec building lead recycling plants in Spain, China

Italian engineering firm Engitec Technologies has been contracted to expand a lead battery recycling facility in Spain.

Macron raises alarm on European battery dependence

France will invest €700 million (US$788.8 million) over the next five years to boost the European battery industry and reduce reliance on Asian battery makers, President Emmanuel Macron has said.

Alexander Technologies expands in UK to meet demand

Alexander Technologies Europe has announced expansion plans in order to keep pace with rising demand for its lithium-ion products.

Oxis Energy sealing battery R&D partnership with Ceetak

Lithium-sulfur cells maker Oxis Energy has teamed up with heat-sealing technology firm Ceetak for an R&D project under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge.

EU launches ‘batteries innovation platform’

Diego Pavia

Batteries Europe— a technology and innovation platform “to drive research and innovation, knowledge transfer and competitiveness across the European battery value chain”— has been launched by the European Commission.

BESS order boost for storage in Massachusetts

Canada’s Storage Power Solutions (SPS) has been selected to boost the expanding portfolio of battery energy storage systems in the US state Massachusetts.

UK consortium secures funds to develop liquid air energy storage tech

Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire

A commercial-academic UK consortium has secured more than £350,000 (US$454,000) of government funding to develop a liquid air energy storage (LAES) system.

BioSolar plans next steps for silicon in emerging battery tech

US lithium technology firm BioSolar has set out the next steps towards incorporating its silicon additive technology into commercial-grade lithium-ion battery prototypes.

LG Chem’s batteries aid record sales

South Korean battery giant LG Chem said the company achieved record battery sales in the fourth quarter of 2018.