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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

Energy-starved Africa is a prime market for the massive deployment of battery energy storage technology


According to the International Energy Agency, some 600 million people across the continent have no access to electricity… So, as BEST Battery Briefing reports, the multi-million euro cash boost for South African Pb firm Elektron Energy, to develop its bipolar battery tech, should be welcomed.

Interestingly, Elektron’s grant is derived in part from European Union funding. To date, EU battery R&D funding has been wedded to lithium-ion, so finally prising some cash out of the bloc for advanced lead technology is a revelation.

The lead industry should take note and press for more, especially as latest figures indicate the lead-acid market in Africa alone is expected to be worth more than US$1 billion by 2021.

Meanwhile, Germany’s BMZ Group has launched a tie-up with forklift firm Kion to extend lithium’s reach into the lucrative industrial trucks market within and beyond Europe.

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Lead strikes oil as investors drill down on storage tech

Whatever “new” technology India’s state-owned oil corporation may be teasing the Pb market with, the announcement we report on in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing fits a global pattern of fossil-fuel corporates (think of Shell, BP and Total) moving into battery storage tech.

Battery partners to tighten their embrace?

The relationship between SK Innovation and Volkswagen could be about to get a whole lot closer if, according to one of our latest reports, the pair go ahead and launch a joint battery-making business.

Time to recharge thinking on batteries

It’s high time to recharge Europe’s thinking on batteries.


Words to the battery wise on April Fool's Day

In some countries, news outlets mark the first day of April by publishing ridiculous stories with false claims— and give just enough clues to help readers ‘get’ the joke. 

It takes two to tango in the batteries dance

Germany is back in the batteries spotlight again this week. The economy minister has warned EV and battery producers that state aid alone will not help build a battery cells production industry to challenge the likes of China. More than a little entrepreneurial zeal will be needed too, according to Peter Altmaier.

Leclanché hints at battery tech 'breakthrough'

Is Europe picking up the pace on batteries? The answer is 'yes'… if initial indications reported by BEST Battery Briefing are anything to go by.


Battery industry advances with a seasonal spring in its step

There’s plenty to put a spring in the step of the battery industry this week— and as always, you’re probably reading about it here first…


EU puts lead-acid out of REACH— for now

Europes leaders appear to have finally seen sense and will not push through politically-inspired proposals attacking the manufacture of lead-acid batteries, as we report in the latest issue of our BEST Battery Briefing e-newsletter.


Macron charges into batteries fray with German partnership

It's now clear that the countries steering the future direction of the European Union, France and Germany, will also be the ones at the wheel of the bloc's much-vaunted electric vehicle battery industry.


Canada takes advantage of Europe's blindspot on lead-acid

The Canadian government's decision to give a financial helping hand to independent battery maker Surrette— the top story in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing— is a breath of fresh air.