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Wirtz launches ‘Ready to Run’ battery breaking equipment

Robert wirtz, director of Engineering, Battery Recycling Systems

US battery equipment design and technology firm Wirtz Manufacturing officially launched its Ready To Run (RTR) lead-acid battery breaking and separation system last week.


Winner of ILA medal calls for greater knowledge sharing in lead battery industry

The winner of this year’s International Lead Award used the platform to urge the lead battery industry to ‘pull together’ to solve problems and combat the threat of lithium-ion.  


Monitoring is the answer to India’s informal recycling industry

Solving India’s informal lead-acid battery recycling industry, which saw 1.2 million tonnes of batteries enter its market during 2017-18, is a ‘simple case of monitoring the industry’.


Lead battery association BCI announces new president

David ‘Dave’ Shaffer

Not-for-profit trade lead battery association Battery Council International (BCI) has confirmed the appointment of David ‘Dave’ Shaffer as its president of the BCI board of directors.


Toyota launches hybrid EV battery recycling plant in Thailand

Michinobu Sugata  president of Toyota Motor Thailand

Toyota Motor Thailand has opened a battery life cycle management plant for hybrid electric vehicles in south-central Thailand.


Work starts on two 100MW lithium-ion BESSs in Ireland

Korean-Irish partners have broken ground on two 100MW lithium-ion battery energy storage projects in Ireland that will provide back-up power to support grid stability and reliability as the country increases its use of wind and solar power.


Indian Oil plans to use indigenous battery materials for new cell making plant

Indian Oil’s chairman Sanjiv Singh

The state-owned Indian Oil Corporation and an unnamed ‘foreign’ start-up are reportedly set to build an electric vehicle battery plant in India using domestically-available, “non-lithium raw material”.


UK consortia get Faraday funding for advanced battery R&D

The UK’s Faraday Institution is awarding up to £55 million (US$67.5m) to five consortia to support research for “step-changes” in battery chemistries, systems and manufacturing methods.


Japan-China venture ‘to build battery materials plant’

Tokyo-based JFE Chemical Corporation is reportedly joining forces with Chinese companies to establish a battery materials plant in China to supply the domestic and overseas electric vehicles market.


Bosch teams up with China’s CATL for 48V battery cells

Bosch teams up with China’s CATL for 48V battery cells

German technology group Bosch is to work with China battery-making giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) on developing cells for Bosch’s 48V battery systems.