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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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Trouble ahead for lead?

ALABC’s Allan Cooper warns the lead-acid industry that the battle is in danger of being lost to lithium-ion for European 48V cars.

It’s easy as AABC

The Editor visited Atlanta for the 14th Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC).

Behind-the-meter energy storage: A new scheme?

'Behind-the-meter' energy storage could be an attractive solution in California, not least for firms looking for new ways to suckle at the taxpayer teat.

The future is electric but is it 48V?

Changing the voltage level of electrical systems in cars is not an easy task. In fact, it is a real pain in the backside.

UK energy storage competition: Far too little, far too late

After months of delay, the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) finally announced the winners of its

Energy storage – regulation, regulation, regulation

BEST has been in Amsterdam for the European Utility Week conference & exhibition. Until 2012, the show was known as Metering & Billing Europe and, frankly, was not worthy of the short hop across the North Sea from BESTmag Towers.

Germany aims for unlikely fuel cell domination

Not content with being the world’s leading exporter of cars many people lust after – be they Mercedes, BMW or Audi, Germany now wants to be a world leader in fuel cell cars and fuel cells.

The aging beauty and the younger woman

If there was a tagline for the 15th Asian Battery Conference (ABC15) in Singapore, it could only have been 'Lead Ain't Dead'. Yes, it's a tired cliche but the lead-acid battery industry is feeling just a little bit touchy these days.

The curse of the ABC

The curse of ABC has failed to arrive: On the anniversary of 9/11

Tim Probert - New Editor

New Editor Tim Probert will be arriving to take the helm of BEST magazine from September.

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