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Editor's Blog

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

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China keeps the faith in lead to bring home the bacon

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China’s battery business still bearing fruit despite Apple’s gloom

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Investments energise batteries for 2019

As the year draws to a close, there’s no let up in battery activity, as our raft of investment-related stories reported this week show.

Battery honours even between Europe and Asia

It's quid pro quo between Europe and Asia this week, as BMW and Dräxlmaier announced plans to establish local battery production for electric vehicles in Thailand, whilst LG Chem are reportedly set to establish a second lithium-ion plant in Poland, in order to keep pace with ever-rising demand.

 

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Enersys wraps up mega deal, Trojan unpacks lithium surprise

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EU energy chief’s about-face on lead?

At last, after months of lobbying, has the EU’s energy chief seen the light and is he now willing to level the playing field for lead-acid and lithium?

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