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John Shepherd

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

16/07/2019

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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Saft's train of thought turns to India

It’s been two years since Total gobbled up Saft in a friendly takeover— amid concern that advances in battery technology might become lost in the oil giant’s fossil fuels portfolio. But judging from recent events not a bit of it.

 

He who pays the piper calls the tune

Entrepreneurs who spot a gap in the market will beg, steal and borrow to find the cash needed to fund a dream and go for it. So bravo Germany, which as we report this week is taking on the EU over restrictive state-aid policies so it can freely invest in battery production.

Investors splashing cash to supercharge batteries

There are investors out there who are falling over themselves to pump cash into batteries and energy storage worldwide, as we report in the latest edition of our weekly e-newsletter— BEST Battery Briefing.

 

Lead-acid enters injury time in Europe nursing life-changing wounds

There is only about a minute left on the battery industry’s ‘Doomsday Clock’ to fight for the survival of the lead-acid industry in Europe.

Brexit Britain feeling chill of battery trading winds?

There’s more evidence this week, as if it were needed…

Asian battery march into Europe gets stronger

Asia continues to hog the fast lane for electric vehicle battery development…

Mining firms digging deeper for 'battery gold'

The great ‘batteries gold’ rush is under way…

Action needed to keep lead's best story alive

In these dog days of summer, when executives…

Kristallnacht for lead-acid?

I’m fondly remembering the days when BCI’s convention was there for my amusement, or so it seemed— the ‘early bird’ attendee prize draw for $100 handed out by the amazing Ann Noll.

Mars is a great market for pure EVs

All power to Elon Musk and SpaceX. What an incredible achievement to build the world’s most powerful rocket, make much of it reusable and have a sufficient sense of humour to put one of your other company’s product— a tesla electric car, atop of it all and send it toward Mars! Tesla is losing a fortune, so what the hell?

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