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John Shepherd

European deal signals a boost for Pb

05/08/2019

European battery maker Monbat is out to dispel any doubts about the prospects for lead battery technology in the near future.

Just months after signing up to develop bipolar tech as an Advanced Battery Concepts licensee, Monbat has now clinched a deal that will see it boost its recycling business and expand into innovative lead processing services.

In a market that might sometimes seem like a sea of lithium, lead-acid is far from treading water.

But whatever the battery technology, consumers are increasingly focused on assurances of recyclability and sustainability. That’s why South Korea has started work on the country’s first dedicated EV battery pack recycling centre.

Meanwhile, with ESS safety still a hot topic for regulators and the general public, Australia is introducing new rules governing the burgeoning battery storage market.

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